15:00 Sandown Fri 15 February 2019
Winner of this race in 2017 and 2018 so bidding for a hat-trick. Not at his best last time out over C&D but pulled up before winning 12 months ago. Surely been laid out for this so has strong claims once again.
3m1½f distance tackled at Ludlow latest furthest he's ever ran over and proved stamina with a win on first run since May. Upped 3lb for the success but a repeat effort surely see him go close here and handles all ground seemingly.
Third in this in 2017 but failed to complete in four of seven races since. Well beaten last time out at Sedgefield (sixth of seven) and hard now to be optimistic.
Sixth in this a year ago and unplaced since. Handicap continues to fall but not of any great appeal now and will do well to make the frame.
Never won over fences but consistent run coming into this with four straight placed efforts. Second ins a decent Newbury handicap latest reads well and looks a genuine threat to all here with a decent jockey booked.
Three-time winner for Paul Nicholls earlier in his career but arrives here after a 439 day absence after finishing second in a point-to-point last season. Tall order after such a layoff.
Three-time point-to-point winner successfully made the switch to rules racing with a second at Newcastle followed by a third in the Lincolnshire National latest. In good order and stays well so has possibilities here.
Only chase win a three-runner Towcester contest in 2017. Showed little last term and similar story first time out this season in a hunters chase. Up against it on recent form.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D PipeJ: Mr G Disney|
Carlos Du Fruitier (7/4), Rathlin Rose (11/4), Late Romantic (9/2), Huff And Puff (7/1), Keltus (7/1), Shelford (16/1), Cabragh (50/1), A Tail Of Intrigue (66/1)
- Rathlin Rose
- Carlos Du Fruitier
- Late Romantic
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