14:55 Taunton Wed 9 January 2019
Having a fine season with two wins at Huntingdon (2m, good) and Sandown (2m, heavy) and two thirds. Third off this mark in a Sandown Listed handicap latest suggested handicapper may have caught up but chance if benefitting for extra 3f.
Lightly raced sort won twice over hurdles before finishing second in last season's Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival. Won over fences first time out this season but refused to race latest. Excellent form but refusal a huge concern.
Won back-to-back races in May and twice finished second since including last time out at Cheltenham over 2m1f on good ground where he finished really well so this extra 2f could help unlock further improvement and highly respected.
Landed a hat-trick in the summer and placed three times since with the latest at Cheltenham three starts back off this mark. Ground suits well but very subdued performance last time at Leicester would have to be a concern.
2m½f winner here in December ran well next time out when second beaten just ¾L again here last time out despite a 9lb rise. Gets further 2lb as he goes beyond 2m for first time but expect him to stay trip so has to be respected.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H FryJ: N P Madden|
Not That Fuisse (13/8), Gwalia (11/4), Style De Garde (4/1), Totterdown (4/1), Voodoo Doll (14/1)
- Not That Fuisse
- Style De Garde
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