14:50 Hexham Wed 12 December 2018
28-race maiden (bulk of those starts in France); has failed to complete in four of his five starts over fences; visor now applied.
Made a promising start in bumpers/novice hurdles before going off the boil thereafter; made a fairly solid chasing debut when an 8L runner-up to Le Frank over C&D last month; cheekpieces applied.
Broke his duck in truly desperate conditions at Newcastle (2m, heavy) in April; off since and has left the care of Sedgefield trainer Rebecca Menzies (for £6,000); 5lb higher mark on seasonal reappearance.
Improved performer in 2018 (42212) and well equipped for slogging through the mud at tough tracks such as Towcester and Exeter; the drop in trip is a risk but this won't take too much winning; his Wiltshire based trainer is 0-2 at Hexham.
Doesn't win that often, but you'd be foolish for knocking this largely consistent 7yo; produced a very strong performance from 10lb out of the handicap at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) ten days ago; rates as a fairly obvious player.
Veteran who can force the pace; without a win since March 2017 (Sedgefield) and just 2-57 under rules overall; clearly not the solution.
Has raced just once since April 2016; 0-36 under rules (including 0-11 over fences); simply can't be the solution from so far out of the handicap - no chance whatsoever barring accidents.
Last Year's Winner
Echo Express (7/4), Instingtive (5/2), Kavanaghs Corner (7/2), Dulce Panem (15/2), Black Kettle (10/1), Duhallowcountry (33/1), Bertielicious (100/1)
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