15:10 Ayr Tue 8 January 2019
Talented novice for Sandy Thomson in 2016 (French Furze winner - Newcastle); in very deep on his return from a 25-month absence at Haydock in December (2m3f, heavy) and always on the back foot throughout.
C&D winner who has a relatively healthy overall career strike-rate (8-44); ridden out when scoring over this trip at Wetherby (good) in November; fully entitled to be on the premises off just a 4lb higher mark.
Generally below-par since winning at the sharp inner track Carlisle (2m3f+) in March 2018; surely debatable as to whether or not he can recapture his peak form in his advancing years; others much preferred.
Never really in contention when finishing a well beaten fourth at Bangor (2m7f, soft) in December; drops back in trip (2-2 over 2m in maiden/novice contests); soft ground fine but feasibly is high enough in the handicap.
Capable performer on his day, and a C&D maiden winner way back in 2013; off the track since May 2017 (a major concern), albeit with the handicapper dropping him back to his last winning mark of 114 (January 2017).
Not with this trainer for too long (since September 2018); dropped 3lb in the handicap since finishing just over 11L fifth of seven to Le Patriote over C&D (good) in November; more required.
Hasn't raced over hurdles since September 2017 but handles soft ground and isn't fully exposed after making just seven career starts (1-4 over timber); only his second run in a handicap, so keep a close eye on the market; of interest.
Last Year's Winner
Bold Emperor (2/1), Cornborough (3/1), Crixus's Escape (7/2), Beau Et Sublime (15/2), Spirit Of Kayf (9/1), Apache Jack (14/1), Deepsand (25/1)
- Bold Emperor
- Crixus's Escape
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