14:55 Leicester Thu 10 January 2019
Dual fast ground Hereford winner in the autumn. Not quite as good at Listed level (soft) last time, but useful nonetheless and very much respected back on a sound surface, despite his penalties.
Dual bumper winner who was supported when a ready 6L winner over hurdles at Huntingdon (2m, good) in November. Improved on that when a clear second back there under a penalty last month. Has strong claims here.
9-2 and a one-paced 6½L fifth of seven on his debut in a good ground Ludlow bumper in 2016. Not seen since then and a watching brief looks best on his belated hurdles debut.
Not devoid of promise on his hurdles debut at Hereford in October, but well held both starts since. Likely to appeal more when his trainer has a handicap mark to work with.
Has shown very little in a bumper and two runs over hurdles, including here last month. Others readily preferred.
Runner-up in a Bangor bumper (good to soft) last April. Well below that on both starts over hurdles. Much more needed.
Not sure a Leicester novice hurdle would have been on the agenda when he cost €650,000gns as a yearling. OR 80 on the Flat, from which he arrives for his hurdles debut on the back of a 2m AW win at Lingfield recently. Could make an impact.
Won three times on the Flat last year at up to 1m6f, including on good/good to firm. OR 79 in that sphere, after finishing 1¾L behind stablemate Monjeni at Lingfield (AW) last time. Another of interest from that yard. Could go well.
Good ground Flat winner over 1m2f, but has plenty to find with some of these on official ratings in that code. Hasn't shown a huge amount in two hurdles and will appeal more in minor handicaps when he has a mark.
Fontwell mares' bumper winner (2m1½f, good) in September. Raced keenly when 2¼L third here over C&D (good to firm) last month. Needs to improve on that to trouble the principals.
Moderate on the Flat, though has won a couple of races, but well held on both starts over hurdles. Can only watch.
Last Year's Winner
|The New Pharaoh||7||11-5||8/1|
|T: Laura MorganJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.|
Brecon Hill (8/11), What's Occurring (9/4), Monjeni (7/1), Cardigan Bay (8/1), Paddy A (18/1), Dreyfus (50/1), Go As You Please (66/1), Rahmah (100/1), Dr Oakley (100/1), Infiniti (150/1), French Piece (150/1)
- Brecon Hill
- What's Occurring
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