14:50 Taunton Sat 19 January 2019
- Weatherbys Portman Cup Chase (Class 2)
- 3m 4f 85y,
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Very likeable sort, often gives a bold display of jumping from the front and has made that pay twice in the competitive Badger Ales chase at Wincanton. Stays well, all ground seems to come alike and every chance if getting loose early.
Last year's Midlands Grand National winner has yet to really catch fire this season, but is now only 3lb higher than that win, so is coming back to a winnable mark. Needs to refind his better form to get involved now though.
Improving sort that was well fancied to make his mark in the valuable Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury but ultimately disappointed. Moderate again last time out too, and unless he gets the better of Present Man early here, may be on the back foot again.
Has some quality form to his name and showed he's still capable when second to Rock The Kasbah in a valuable Cheltenham Grade 3 handicap last November. Not the most consistent around but conditions fine here and chances if on a going day.
High class chaser at best, winner of the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at Aintree in 2017 and taking a rare sortie out of Graded races here. Undoubtedly has the class for this and conditions of the race favour him, so has to take high rank as a likely winner.
Well known Aintree regular, although pulled up in last year's Grand National. Back for new yard with a decent effort at Ascot, looking in need of the run (and further), will come on for that and conditions here ideal. Big player.
2017 Scottish Grand National winner, stays really well but not the most consistent and probably needs top of the ground conditions to really show his best. Bit to find at the weights but if the rain stays away, could grab a place.
Last Year's Winner
The Last Samuri (11/4), Tea For Two (3/1), Present Man (5/1), Thomas Patrick (13/2), Royal Vacation (13/2), Vicente (7/1), Regal Flow (25/1)
- The Last Samuri
- Tea For Two
- Thomas Patrick
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