12:40 Ascot Sat 19 January 2019
68 rated maiden on the Flat but really took to hurdling with a fluent Kempton win over Christmas. 25/1 that day but third won since to back up the form so no fluke about it and looks a useful recruit so should go close despite the penalty.
French import was well backed on debut at Fontwell and support proved well founded as he battled to success (two pulled clear). Just his third race here so scope aplenty although may need to improve to be involved.
Lowly flat maiden built on a promising hurdle debut second when fairly running away with a Hereford maiden latest, winning by 15L despite being unextended. Obviously going to be far better over hurdles and likely go well here.
One of the more experienced hurdlers in the field and off the mark latest in fifth race where he beat Chaparral Prince at Kempton, form which ties in closely with Beat The Judge who beat the same rival previously. Form solid but others less exposed.
Dual French flat winner for Pascal Bary seemed to tire on hurdles debut at Sandown on heavy ground. Slightly better next at Kempton but only midfield behind Beat The Judge and a 10lb weight pull unlikely enough to turn 15L deficit around.
Winner of one of his four starts on the Flat in France where he was trained by MIkel Delzangles and quite well fancied on hurdles bow at Sandown only to make a bad first flight blunder causing his jockey to be unseated. Interesting dark horse.
62-rated flat maiden of five for Mick Channon who raced generally over 1m2f and 1m4f. First hurdle race here and likely up against it as the only complete novice.
German flat maiden made a most promising start over hurdles at Taunton where he rallied well to finish second of 10. Looked the sort sure to improve further and has genuine claims here in receipt of weight from his main rivals.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson|
Beat The Judge (11/4), Fresno Emery (3/1), Zafar (4/1), Poucor (6/1), Belargus (8/1), Honorable (12/1), Vlannon (20/1), Kenny George (50/1)
- Beat The Judge
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