13:25 Kelso Thu 14 February 2019
Failed to win over hurdles in France (0-6) but has upped his game since joining Nicky Henderson; 133-rated off the back of a comfortable 10L win at Fontwell (2m1f+ good to soft) in January; has a keen style of racing.
Brother to the French 2m3f hurdle/chase winner Innovate; slowly improving with racing since wind surgery and has previous course experience; stablemate of Into The Breach.
Low-key in bumpers and started at odds of 40/1 when beaten in excess of 15L (fifth of nine) by Dali Mail on hurdles debut at Ayr (2m maiden, heavy); stablemate of Bullion.
Two-time Flat winner (1m2f-1m3f+) but absolutely woeful over hurdles so far (0-3) and can't enter calculations accordingly.
Has shown improved form since joining the Capheaton stable of Ann Hamilton; let down by a poor jump at the last on his penultimate start, but bustled up the odds-on favourite Rouge Vif in a Newcastle novice (2m, soft) 16-days ago.
Three-time Flat winner (1m1f-1m6f) for the late Alan Swinbank, but essentially only moderate (66-rated); shaped encouragingly on hurdles debut over C&D last month when finishing 4L third to Encore Champs; rock-solid in the place market.
0-14 in PTP's and lacked fluency (soon beaten) when finishing well behind today's rival Point Break on hurdles debut at Newcastle (2m, soft) last month; back number.
Last Year's Winner
|T: K DalgleishJ: B S Hughes|
Dream Du Grand Val (1/3), Point Break (4/1), Skiddaw Valleys (6/1), Into The Breach (50/1), Fourth Of July (66/1), Bullion (80/1), Near Kettering (400/1), Stornaway (400/1)
- Dream Du Grand Val
- Point Break
- Skiddaw Valleys
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