15:00 Wincanton Sat 16 February 2019
Excellent 2018 having undergone wind surgery, winning three from five starts. Began New Year with close second to Elixir De Nutz in Grade 1 novice at Sandown (2m, soft). Merits some thought again.
Smart hurdler with just one win in 11 attempts, though often placed behind useful rivals. Flattered by 2L margin behind Buveur D'air at Sandown recently on first start after wind surgery but not hard to predict he improved for his operation.
Returned from 706-day absence to score decisively in Ascot handicap over just shy of 2m on good ground in November. Well held back there in December in competitive Grade 3 Handicap and off since. Big enough ask again seemingly.
Elite Hurdle winner in 2016 over C&D, before proving just shy of top class over timber. Prolific since over fences, winning 5-6 before last of four in Grade 1 Tingle Creek in December. Interesting contender back over hurdles for champion trainer.
Gained fourth hurdles win last time out at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) in January, making all the running and drawing away to score decisively. Previous efforts in Listed/Graded races suggest this will prove beyond him dropped in distance.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson|
Sceau Royal (13/8), Grand Sancy (3/1), Vision Des Flos (4/1), Jolly's Cracked It (9/2), Unison (8/1)
- Sceau Royal
- Vision Des Flos
- Grand Sancy
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