13:40 Bangor Tue 8 January 2019
Bred to be a chaser and came back from wind surgery to score first time up in this discipline bettering his hurdles form. His subsequent effort off a 5lb higher mark over a similar trip was disappointing; could well bounce back in this.
Point-to-point winner who went 2-2 over hurdles when switched to race under Rules although an Aintree Grade 1 proved too tough a task after those wins. Ran poorly on his first start over fences (2m7f, heavy) but has had some wind surgery since.
Maiden over hurdles who ought to be able to make his mark over fences but has regressed from his chasing debut in two subsequent starts. Fell last time out at Warwick and may need a confidence boost before he's a backable proposition.
Got clobbered by the handicapper for winning an Exeter handicap hurdle last April (raised 12lb for a small-margin victory). Showed that he had an aptitude for chasing on his debut (not knocked around); more to come from him this time around.
Dual novice hurdle winner in 2017 (made all on both occasions) showing some fairly useful form. Returned over fences after a 16 month absence but disappointed folding up fairly quickly and that run leaves him with something to prove.
From a yard in good form (double at Chepstow yesterday) he's yet to finish out of the first three for this yard (13123). Has looked quirky in the past but appears on an even keel now and capable of better given his recent performances.
Progressed well in the past two seasons winning five times over fences his last win coming over C&D; found plenty for pressure after being hampered. Hasn't quite hit the same form since but hard to leave out of calculations around here.
Last Year's Winner
|Vice Et Vertu||9||11-4||6/1|
|T: H D DalyJ: P J Brennan|
Steps And Stairs (5/2), Voie Dans Voie (3/1), Rhaegar (3/1), Holdbacktheriver (17/2), Irish Octave (10/1), Louse Talk (10/1), Gettysburg Address (11/1)
- Steps And Stairs
- Irish Octave
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