13:00 Kelso Sun 13 January 2019
Beat today's rival Lord Yeats (by 3¼L) when a fortuitous winner at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) in November before predictably struggling in a stronger race at Ascot (Grade 2) latest; this looks more realistic under the penalty.
Kicked on from his opening hurdles defeat by today's rival Encore Champs (by 3¼L) when effortlessly landing the odds at Sedgefield (2m1f maiden, soft); further improvement required at level weights with the Greatrex-trained runner.
Low-key over hurdles so far (0-2) and a seven-race maiden overall; started at 100/1 at Ayr 11 days ago, with similar odds (and a result) also expected here.
Brother to the French 2m3f hurdle/chase winner Innovate; had wind surgery prior to his hurdles debut over C&D in December - never reached the leaders in finishing in excess of 30L sixth to Elvis Mail; considerably more required.
Has shown next to no ability so far and looks on paper to be a very doubtful stayer (brother to the 6f winner Off The Scale); readily overlooked despite the presence of a newly applied tongue-tie.
Offered some hope for the future when running a reasonable race on hurdles debut over C&D in December - finished 16L sixth of ten to Romeo Brown; tongue-tie now applied.
Bought for €30,000 from Johnny Murtagh in November; well beaten on stable/hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) the following month and again on the AW just a few days later; plenty to prove.
Took a step forward from his Sedgefield debut when finishing third (125/1) to Elvis Mail (beaten 13½L) over C&D last month; probably just about holds Bullion on the evidence of that form, albeit others are much preferred.
Three-time Flat winner (1m1f-1m6f) for the late Alan Swinbank, but essentially only moderate (66-rated); difficult to know exactly what to expect on hurdles/stable debut after 524 days off.
Former pointer (0-4) who has struggled on both hurdles starts for Martin Todhunter (2m-2m1f); more interesting once sent handicapping and upped in trip; not the solution.
Last Year's Winner
|T: T R GeorgeJ: C Gethings|
Lord Yeats (8/13), Encore Champs (6/4), Mint Gold (14/1), Skiddaw Valleys (16/1), Rollerruler (20/1), Near Kettering (33/1), Bullion (40/1), Southeast Rose (100/1), Little Bavington (100/1), Battle Hard (100/1)
- Encore Champs
- Lord Yeats
- Mint Gold
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