13:40 Wetherby Sat 12 January 2019
His only success in 23 starts over obstacles came in a maiden hurdle at Thurles back in 2016. Put up one of his better efforts at Market Rasen last time and a return to quicker ground could be in his favour but he's not the most consistent sort.
Won at Bangor in October and put up a career best effort at Musselburgh in November on his first start since wind surgery. Ought to appreciate this drop in class and expected to handle these conditions better than most.
Smart chaser on his day and he performed with credit in a couple of hurdles races here in November. Disappointed at Sedgefield since but he's a consistent sort generally and he rates as the type to bounce back.
Rattled off a hat-trick in October but his form has tailed off subsequently and he was beaten a long way out at Sedgefield last month. Very talented conditional takes off 7lb but his mount is a risky proposition at present.
Won a selling hurdle in 2017 but failed to build on that in the 2017/18 season and he returns from a lengthy absence here. Others preferred.
Hasn't won since 2016 when trained by Phillip Hobbs but produced a much better effort last time on second start since wind surgery at Newcastle. Very well-handicapped on old form and he's a leading player if he can build on his latest run.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P WinksJ: Ryan Winks|
Wishfull Dreaming (6/4), Val Mome (7/2), Apterix (4/1), Zig Zag (13/2), Iolani (15/2), Pershing (33/1)
- Wishfull Dreaming
- Val Mome
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