13:35 Catterick Thu 10 January 2019
Only modest form shown in novice hurdles (for Alan King) but a bit better in point-to-points last year and talented trainer has a knack for getting wins out of these types. Should stay and won't mind the ground, so has chances.
Improving and gets no penalty here for his win in a conditionals race at Ludlow last time, where he got the better of one that finds winning hard late in the day. Clear form chance with a repeat, and conditions fine.
No win in 21 starts rather tells its own story, tends to finish off weakly whatever the trip and although there's the odd run to give some hope, overall profile suggests he'll find a couple too good here.
Did win a modest point-to-point last March, which at least offers some hope he may yet do better over fences, but showed little on handicap debut over fences at Uttoxeter last time. Better ground here may help, but needs to improve.
Last Year's Winner
Mistress Massini (4/11), Holy Street (11/2), Nine O Three (7/1), Spinning Scooter (12/1)
- Mistress Massini
- Holy Street
- Nine O Three
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