15:40 Kelso Sun 13 January 2019
Hasn't travelled with any real fluency through his races of late and it all appears laboured; blinkers are applied seeking an additional spark; mark falling, albeit this track isn't a venue where you prosper when getting behind early.
Winner off a 3lb lower mark at Perth in August (3m, good) so has the bare credentials but has become disappointing of late, hitting the deck early on here in October; risky yet not totally discounted.
Doesn't win all that often (2-20 over fences) so that goes some way to explaining the presence of newly applied blinkers. That said, he is largely consistent on the whole and his recent Catterick second to Nortonthorpelegend (3m1f+) reads well.
Hexham specialist; strongest over 3m on quick ground; worth completely ignoring one of his runs this season (came over 4m) and not without a fair chance if doing so; handicap mark easing; conditions favourable; of interest in a weak race.
0-8 under rules and well beaten on chasing debut (2m4f novices' handicap) at Hexham in December; hood applied presumably in a bid to force him too settle; holds little realistic chance from out of the handicap.
Last Year's Winner
Achill Road Boy (5/4), Wood Pigeon (2/1), Golden Investment (5/2), Arizona Bound (5/1), Apache Pilot (11/2), Solid Strike (11/2), Grimthorpe (40/1)
- Apache Pilot
- Achill Road Boy
- Arizona Bound
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