12:55 Haydock Sat 19 January 2019
Showed ability in three starts over timber for Andrew Balding and last seen finishing in the ruck in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October; bought for 22,000gns and would be a hugely emotional winner for all involved at Carrutherstown.
Goes handicapping for the first time after being mown down late (raced prominently) by Earlofthecotswolds at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) in December; half-brother to the 2m hurdle winner Lion In His Heart.
Hasn't impressed since taking a fairly modest novice contest at Southwell (2m, soft) in February 2018 - unsuccessfully mixing hurdling with chasing; competes for the first time since wind surgery.
Ran respectably, although was beaten at short odds (third) at Newcastle latest from a mark which was 9lb higher than he scored emphatically off at Wetherby on Boxing Day; in with a shout with Thomas Dowson's 3lb claim an aid.
Sharpest on a sound surface as shown when scoring at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) in the spring of 2017; hasn't stood masses of racing over the course of the past few years, but should be fitter for his reappearance at Hexham in November.
Joined Jo Foster from Kevin Ryan for £5,000 and was a winner on stable debut at Sedgefield in November (2m1f, good to soft); well beaten in a Class 3 mares' race since (Southwell) and needs to bounce back.
With David Dennis when recording a second hurdles win at Exeter in October 2016 (2m1f novice); has shown poor form off a two plus year absence since joining Cumbrian trainer Tristan Davidson; easing in the weights, just not enough.
Four-time Flat winner who remains a maiden over hurdles after seven attempts; placed in each of his last three starts, including at Hereford latest (2m3f+, good to soft) when beaten 1L by the recent Catterick scorer Uno Mas.
Has regained some positive momentum in recent weeks despite twice being readily held by the 2m Uttoxeter winners Antunes and Delface; competes from the same handicap mark (93), yet vulnerable to any rival who is mildly progressive.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs S J SmithJ: Danny Cook|
Bahama Moon (2/1), Night Of Glory (3/1), Suggestion (4/1), Georgian Firebird (10/1), Ain't My Fault (12/1), The Character (14/1), Lostock Hall (20/1), Contre Tous (20/1), Canny Style (28/1)
- Night Of Glory
- Bahama Moon
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