13:30 Kempton Sat 12 January 2019
Won three of five over fences although those came in four, three and two runner fields and he was the lone finisher in the two runner race. Shade disappointing latest (second of three) but only 4lb higher than prior handicap win so respected here.
Last year's winner of this race followed up at Wetherby before struggles at Cheltenham and Ayr in warmer contests. Well beaten in two races this season including after a wind-op latest but win last year came out the blue too so can't rule him out.
2m4f Warwick winner last season then finished midfield at Cheltenham and Aintree festivals when upped to 3m1f. Unseated on return this season and withdrawn from a race since. Still relatively lightly raced and may prefer this trip.
Two career chase wins both came in 2016. Gained place money the last twice but in small fields and remains little to suggest current handicap mark will be one he can take advantage of.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss Amy MurphyJ: Jack Quinlan|
Mercian Prince (9/4), Amour de Nuit (9/4), Poker School (5/2), Casse Tete (9/2)
- Amour de Nuit
- Mercian Prince
- Casse Tete
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