Friday 14 December 2018
Racebets Handicap Hurdle
Class 3 | 2m 7f 7y | Soft (Good to Soft in places) | 7 Runners | Turf
Off time: 14:11:48 | Winning time: 5m 47.6s
Trip and ground suit and proved a more than useful hurdler last season. However, likely to need to be somewhere near his best from this mark on his reappearance, and his record when fresh is not encouraging.
Inconsistent, but has the ability to make an impact from this mark if at his best. Ran no sort of race last time. Heavy ground a possible excuse there, but he acts well on soft and in first-time cheekpieces, a revival is possible.
Not beaten far from this mark at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) in April. Below that level in all three starts since, but a market check looks necessary now, to gauge any confidence in a revival on his first run after wind surgery.
Made the frame from this or similar marks on his last two starts in the spring. Aside from winning on his bumper debut in 2012, his record when fresh is nothing special, but if he is ready, he has each-way claims.
Hasn't seen much action, but is 2-4 so far (both Hexham, 2m, soft). Was a market drifter from this mark on his handicap debut at Carlisle last month, when an early mistake ended his chance. Potential improver if he can hurdle more fluently.
Got off the mark at the ninth attempt at Ffos Las (2m6f, good) in May and followed-up at Aintree (2m4f) a month later. 5lb higher here, and may have needed his reappearance, so not ruled out now stepped up again in trip.
Four-time chase winner at up to 3m (including here), but 0-8 over hurdles. Decent effort from this mark at Cheltenham last time, but probably an each-way player at best.
Valadom (11/4), Atomic Rumble (10/3), Knock House (5/1), Salmanazar (6/1), Kansas City Chief (13/2), Kaki De La Pree (7/1), Crixus's Escape (14/1)
- Kaki De La Pree
- Knock House
- Crixus's Escape