13:35 Taunton Thu 13 December 2018
A game winner over C&D last month, the gelding gets good marks for consistency and a progressive profile. A 6lb higher mark makes life tougher but this is a weak race and he has to be high on the list with a 10lb claimer in the plate.
Runner up in three bumpers and has taken well to hurdles with a couple of solid runs. Going the right way and worth a betting check. (Handicap debutante.)
Didn't show much when with Paul Nicholls but shaped with a degree of promise since being sent over hurdles. More required here. (A bold show from Southfield Stone in the first race can boost his form claims though.)
Likes Worcester but has struggled to make an impact when racing elsewhere. Pulled up on debut for his new yard last time out and has a bit to prove now. Drop in trip not ideal either.
Has been placed in low-grade races over hurdles but lacks consistency and isn't too difficult to oppose on recent form.
Posted a handful of solid efforts in this sphere and worth considering on the pick of his form. Still 5lb above his last winning mark though. Needs to be at his best.
Not stood much racing since winning a bumper at Newton Abbot two years ago. Faded a stiff test when chasing home an easy winner last time. Nothing of that calibre here but still needs to up his ante.
Promise in his last two starts and interesting tactic with the hood employed today. On a fair mark and worth considering.
Bounced back from a couple of poor efforts with a solid run over C&D last month. Needs to prove that wasn't a one-off performance and his lack of consistency has to temper the confidence.
Been placed over C&D before and has conditions to suit. Another who needs to run to his best. The betting can guide as to expectations on his first start since having a wind operation.
Six wins over hurdles to his name but the losing sequence is beginning to mount up. Difficult to ascertain whether he's well handicapped or simply on the downgrade.
Been placed both over hurdles and on the Flat this calendar year and has been given a chance by the assessor. The rider's claim helps at the weights too. Needs everything to go his way to win at the 29th time of asking.
Still a maiden over hurdles and was well held over C&D last time out. Possible the gelding will be fitter for the run but he still has a lot to find.
Average on the Flat but has shown ability in two starts over hurdles. On a very workable mark for his handicap debut -can play a strong role in a modest race of taking another step forward.
Drops back in trip after a solid run here last time out. Does have form to reverse with Mead Vale but is 11lb better off at the weights. Consistency not his strong point though.
Out of form when last seen in action and plenty to prove on his return from a long absence.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R WalfordJ: H Cobden|
Mead Vale (7/2), Gwalia (5/1), Delface (11/2), Passing Dream (15/2), Tour de Paris (8/1), Silver Quay (9/1), Knight Commander (14/1), Hazamar (16/1), Ataguiseamix (20/1), Maraakib (20/1), Pokari (22/1), Truckers Tangle (25/1), Cool Macavity (33/1), Cotton Club (33/1), Vanderbilt (33/1), Ruaraidh Hugh (50/1)
- Mead Vale
- Passing Dream
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