14:30 Hexham Thu 20 December 2018
Recent form figures not overly inspiring but equally don't tell full tale. 12lb lower than when scoring for Anthony Honeyball at Plumpton (3m1f+) in January 2017; promising second to Well Below Par over 2m4f here a week ago, mark unchanged.
Made all on second chase start to win at Sedgefield (3m2½f, soft-heavy in places) 13 days ago. Entitled to have designs on following up from 3lb higher mark.
A regular in these parts but out of sorts since winning five on the bounce in early 2017 (all over 3m, ground ranged from good to heavy); at least finishing his races again, behind Royal Salute (5L) here last week, longer trip suits both quite well.
Retired by connections in August 2017, but in such rude health in the field he was brought back for an emotional C&D success in September. Twice acquitted himself well over timber since from this mark and not written off despite rising 16-years-old.
Some promise in four chase starts under rules, twice finishing second in late 2014. Not seen under rules since January of 2015, record in point-to-points since ensures handicapper isn't taking any undue risks here however.
Was on a definite going day when winning over C&D in June, beating 15 rivals in taking advantage of a career-low mark. Below that form in three starts since coming back in, including here. Work to be done and just 2-27 over fences.
Winner of a low-key 3m Bangor novices' handicap chase in November 2016 (soft), but bar a solid run at Ayr in March this year has proved more than a shade underwhelming overall; handicap mark continues to ease however.
Career-best over fences when narrow second over C&D last week, just giving best to the favourite close home with the front two pulling miles clear. Handicap mark unchanged and obvious contender if turning up in similar mood.
Last Year's Winner
Mcginty's Dream (7/4), Late Date (3/1), Dartford Warbler (5/1), Royal Salute (13/2), Hattons Hill (8/1), See Double You (14/1), Moorstown (16/1), Dan's Wee Man (33/1)
- Royal Salute
- Mcginty's Dream
- See Double You
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