14:25 Wincanton Thu 17 January 2019
- Healthy Pets Somerset National Handicap Chase (Class 3)
- 3m 2f 162y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Won his sole bumper and last two starts over hurdles. Went agonisingly close to a smart horse on chase debut before being pitched out of his depth at Cheltenham. This a more realistic target and he has to be feared.
Has risen through the ranks this season and no disgrace off today's mark at Ascot last time. A line through the second (Just A Sting) leaves him closely matched with Gunfleet.
Had been in rude health prior to finding the competition too hot in the Badger Ales trophy two months ago. Has had a deserved break since and he goes well fresh.
Has mixed hurdling with chasing since winning the Edinburgh National (4m1f) at Musselburgh in February 2017. Handily weighted if sharpened by his two runs back from an absence.
Stable enjoying a good run and this lightly raced sort took his record to 4-14 over C&D on Boxing Day. Said to want better ground than he had that day and a 7lb rise should be manageable based on previous form.
Has something to find with Potters Corner on latest form, particularly as that rival will be better served by the forecast sounder surface.
Has been unlucky to bump into improving types on his last two starts with both winners scoring again next time. Stable in good form and another noteworthy performance looks likely.
Last of two and third of three finishers in both chase starts. Flattered last time and faces a big task in this company.
Well handicapped judged on his hurdling form. However, three runs over fences at 3m plus suggest there are stamina doubts.
Last Year's Winner
|T: B I CaseJ: Max Kendrick|
Gunfleet (10/3), Wandrin Star (4/1), Garrane (9/2), Potters Corner (9/2), Len Brennan (13/2), Perform (7/1), Belmount (11/1), Like The Sound (14/1), Dancing Shadow (14/1)
- Potters Corner
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