15:15 Catterick Thu 10 January 2019
Not seen out since September, but has won after a break before, so absence no issue, and now looks well handicapped after a series of moderate efforts. Conditions fine, but yard struggling for form is a bigger concern. Risky but not discounted.
Application of a hood did the trick at Sedgefield last time out where he hung on well despite still pulling hard early. 5lb rise and much quicker ground are the queries to answer but as an in-form horse, that counts for plenty here.
No win in ten starts and in truth, looks regressive already. Faller at Sedgefield last time when in a dispute for the places, which was a bit better, but just looks hard to win with and on that, others are preferred.
On the plus side, last win came in this race last year, and from the same mark, so no problems from a handicapping point of view, but consistency not his strong point and he was well beaten on comeback at Newcastle last month. Risky.
Yet to win in 15 starts but not without ability on the Flat and has shown just enough in three hurdles starts to make him interesting on handicap debut here, Gets the weight allowances as a 4yo and looks a potential improver.
Wasn't going anywhere quickly but his fifth at Taunton signalled better might be to come and he duly ran better on first start for this yard over C&D last time out. Yard among the winners and this one has to be on the shortlist.
Still a maiden after 18 tries, finished behind Baratineur here last time out and although not disgraced after being slightly hampered, hard to see why he should turn the form around here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M W EasterbyJ: W T Kennedy|
Baratineur (11/10), Flowery (9/4), Canadian George (9/1), Steel City (11/1), Mac Cennetig (11/1), New List (14/1), Lostock Hall (20/1), Lough Kent (28/1)
- Canadian George
- Lostock Hall
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