13:10 Bangor Tue 8 January 2019
Thoroughly exposed sort who is usually seen at Ffos Las and won his only chase there in May 2018. That win came off a 6lb lower mark though and he looks the sort who will always be vulnerable to an unexposed sort in the field.
Record in point-to-points reads 5-11 but he's yet to show anything like that sort of form over fences under Rules. Mark is reducing but still looks harshly treated by the handicapper and will need help before he's of interest.
Winner of his only point-to-point by 8L he finally showed some promise over hurdles on his third/fourth runs after being pulled up on his first two starts. The switch to chasing may see him take a step forward and show some progress.
30L winner of his only point-to-point he's been something of a slow burner over hurdles but shaped far better on his handicap debut last time (trip too testing). Now goes over fences for the first time; one to be interested in given his background.
Punchestown handicap hurdle winner (2m, heavy) who now has his second run since wind surgery for his new yard. Predictably strong in the market in stable/GB debut he shaped well in a race not run to suit and now makes his chasing debut off same mark.
Only modest over hurdles his last win came back in early 2016 and back from a break his latest two hurdles runs have failed to inspire. Is a point-to-point winner but has failed to complete in two Rules runs over fences.
Stable operating at a decent level at the moment but they will be doing well to get this one to win; looked a temperamental sort last time out when running out last time. Needs to improve on anything he done so far and others appeal more.
Makes his chasing debut with the cheekpieces going on for the first time after running poorly last time having shown a little promise on his previous run. Only lightly raced in recent times but is still to win a race and would be a surprise winner.
Absent for a while now and for the most part showed very little over hurdles. Finished well held on his chase debut when last seen and returns now off a 7lb lower mark although he would need to show more to get involved; likely to need this.
Took an age to get off the mark but finally did so under a change of tactics (positively ridden) when scoring at Ludlow off a lowly mark. Failed last time (not ridden the same way); would benefit from a return to front-running.
Very-lightly raced for one of her age but has shown very little under Rules so far over hurdles. Pulled up last time returning from over two years off on handicap debut she now makes her chase debut; little appeal.
Always looked the sort who could win over fences and has been brought along with care in this sphere. His jumping has left a little to be desired though and he ran no sort of race last time over C&D when given a test that he needs.
Yet to win a race and now makes his debut over fences having undergone a wind op prior to his last run in a handicap hurdle. Ran creditably there and more solid than most at this level he may be able to make the places off this lowly mark.
A sliding/reduced mark and positive tactics (along with first-time blinkers) resulted in a return to form last time with a win at Huntingdon over 3m. Back in trip here and off a 4lb higher mark he's not sure to repeat that run in a stronger contest.
Last Year's Winner
|Pinch Of Ginger||7||11-6||4/1|
|T: D McCain JnrJ: B S Hughes|
Urbanist (7/4), Cracking Destiny (11/4), Scartare (7/1), Is Love Alive (10/1), Goodthyneaway (11/1), Shininstar (12/1), Mountain Chimes (16/1), Hands Of Stone (16/1), Johnny Ocean (20/1), Gone Platinum (25/1), Picknick Park (33/1), Overtheedge (50/1), Againn Dul Aghaidh (66/1), Snow Rescue (66/1), Bringewood Blue (150/1)
- Cracking Destiny
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