16:45 Haydock Sat 16 February 2019
Unable to force his head in front last season, although has won on numerous occasions under rules (often over 3m at Hexham); regular rider Joe Wright aboard; first start since April 2018 (PTP).
5-14 over fences and has competed in stronger races than today's since joining Philip Hobbs; runner-up (beaten 16L) off a mark of 143 at Ascot in November 2017 (2m5f); noteworthy on seasonal return.
Stamped his class on this sphere with an Aintree Foxhunters' win in 2017 (2m5f, good to soft), but absent since. Competitive if retaining his ability, albeit this is a tough ask at the age of 13 off a 681-day break.
Back-to-back winner of the Cheltenham Foxhunters' (3m2f) - given a particularly brave ride by Harriet Tucker in 2018; the first stepping stone towards the hat-trick bid, and a successful return for this rider would be the stuff of legends.
In imperious form since joining this trainer (6-6); 3-3 under rules in 2019 with wins at Taunton (2m7f) and Ludlow x2 (3m); ought to be a tough nut to crack off the front end, although a sound racing surface does suit best.
Hasn't won since June 2017 (Wexford) and looks firmly up against it on debut for Tim Garton (formerly with Eoin Doyle); evidently not the solution.
Talented performer once upon a time for Nigel-Twiston Davies and also has some fair form in the book in Hunter Chases. However, is in the twilight of his racing career at the age of 13 and was well beaten at Leicester 12 months ago.
123-rated winning chaser for Noel Meade, but that was way back in July 2016 (Kilbeggan); started 66/1 when well beaten on debut for Alex Dunn at Warwick (3m) last month; look elsewhere.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: Lorcan Williams|
Road To Rome (4/6), Pacha Du Polder (3/1), Ballotin (9/2), Ardea (11/1), Dineur (20/1), Tulsa Jack (25/1), Sybarite (50/1), Roevin Star (66/1)
- Road To Rome
- Pacha Du Polder
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