15:40 Stratford Mon 11 March 2019
Lots of form for Dan Skelton including a win here but the weekend rain is not ideal and has shown little in two runs on the Flat since joining current yard.
Took advantage of a drop in grade when winning with authority at Market Rasen last month. Up 7lb but does like these sharp tracks and one for the short list.
Infrequent winner over hurdles but several placed efforts and ran up to form when chasing home Dino Velvet at Market Rasen. Weighted to get closer but probably one for place purposes.
Dramatic drop in trip, tried over 3m3f last time. Not sure what to expect though sole career win was at this distance in 2017.
Good ground winner in October on last start when trained in Ireland. Stiff tasks both runs since coming over here and could be more to come in this more realistic company.
Won a weak novice at Aintree in December when main market rivals departed early. Probably improved on that when third since. Bare form needs improving on though pick of stable jockey.
Satisfactory comeback at Chepstow in October but regressed both runs since and now tried in cheek pieces on first run since changing hands for £8,500.
Off the mark over hurdles at Naas last month but disappointed when attempting to follow up last week. Shrewd Irish trainer has good record though with is raiders here.
Won a minor juvenile contest on good ground in the summer of 2017 but returns here following a long lay off and the weekend rain seemingly not in his favour.
Chase winner when trained in France. Showed little in first two runs over here but signs of improvement at Chepstow last time in a race that has worked out and this drop in trip looks a good ploy.
Won a pair of bumpers in France but hasn't lived up to market expectations in two runs here and found little off the bridle at Leicester. Cheek pieces now tried and has had a wind operation so just possible he can still progress.
Last Year's Winner
Dino Velvet (7/2), West To The Bridge (4/1), Eskendash (9/2), Eceparti (8/1), Ekayburg (8/1), Demon D'Aunou (10/1), Fiesole (10/1), Ming Dynasty (12/1), Volpone Jelois (14/1), Nayati (20/1), Red Tornado (22/1), The Raven Master (33/1)
- Dino Velvet
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