13:10 Taunton Wed 9 January 2019
Former French trained gelding won a 2m4f chase at Sandown last January and performed at a similar level first time out when second at Newbury. None from nine over hurdles in France but cut above these on all known form so hard to oppose.
Son of Bollin Eric out of a flat maiden looked in need of his first run when eighth of nine in a Ludlow bumper last month. Better to come now over hurdles but leap of faith required for anything more than a watching brief.
Improved on fair bumper effort when a staying on fifth of 12 on hurdles bow at Leicester 1m7½f. Longer trip should suit and handles fast ground so certainly not ruled out here and expecting further improvement.
Finished third in two hurdle starts to date albeit beaten 33L and 21L respectively in six runner contests. In good hands and top jockey aboard so should progress further but will need to.
Form in point-to-points was mixed but she was a comfortable winner in her final start. Beaten by halfway and eventually toiled in ninth of 10 on rules bow at Warwick and again tailed off latest at Wincanton. Hard to fancy.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Jack BarberJ: Nick Scholfield|
Chef D'Equipe (2/5), Soldier Of Love (11/4), Sign Of War (7/1), Bastante (100/1), Long River Dancer (100/1)
- Chef D'Equipe
- Sign Of War
- Soldier Of Love
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