15:25 Taunton Wed 9 January 2019
Four Irish wins earlier in career all came with cut in the ground including two heavy ground successes. Fourth of eight in recent Kempton Hunters Chase over 2m4½f suggested he will enjoy this step up in trip but others have stronger form.
Winner over 2m6f (good) and 2m3½f (heavy) in Ireland. Third highest rated so has each-way claims on stable debut but 32lb inferior to Shantou Flyer so magnitude of task can't be overstated.
Won last three and six of last seven point-to-points. Only once placed in six chases under rules and not seen since early 2017. Probably improved since then but rated 61lb inferior to Shantou Flyer.
Won five times over fences although not since early 2015. Won a point-to-point last time out but was regressive over fences and looks to be facing an uphill battle here.
Maiden of 13 under rules although placed in six of them. Won three recent point-to-points including battling success last time out so arrives in good form but only place claims realistically.
Grade Three win in 2016 the highlight of three career chase wins. Pulled up in all three starts of 2018 (two chases, one hurdle) but despite tumbling mark is still comfortably second best on ratings so should fare much better now.
Maiden of 12 rules races and 25 point-to-points and not comes here after a refusal and a pulled up. Impossible to fancy.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Dr Charles LevinsonJ: Mr G Levinson|
Shantou Flyer (8/15), Road To Rome (13/8), Bayley's Dream (3/1), Sadler's Risk (7/2), Newsworthy (6/1), Financial Climate (8/1), Boher Call (20/1), Western Dream (100/1)
- Shantou Flyer
- Sadler's Risk
- Road To Rome
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