13:55 Sedgefield Tue 12 March 2019
Has finished runner-up on two of his five starts over hurdles, including when beaten 10L on handicap debut at Bangor (2m7f, good to soft) in January; not so encouraging at Market Rasen latest; cheekpieces now applied.
Off the track for a whopping 670-days so his fitness and well-being is taken on trust; beaten 9L by The Doorman when last in competitive action in a 2m3f Carlisle novices hurdle (good); handicap debut.
Has slipped down the weights and almost exploited that fact when mugged in the shadow of the post (made most) by Oriental Cross at Newcastle (2m4f+, good to soft) last week; the recently applied hood has clearly helped; key player.
Fair form (but no more than that) for previous trainer Iain Jardine in 2017; started at odds of 50/1 when pulled up on debut for this trainer over 2m6f at Newcastle in January; unlikely.
Effective around Sedgefield - a winner on this very card in 2017 (2m1f novices' handicap hurdle); very reasonably treated on his peak form (not shown for some considerable time) and this deeper racing surface is a major plus.
Remains a maiden over hurdles (0-9) but has shown definite signs of improvement since joining Dan Skelton; every chance that this drop back in trip will suit and surely enters the equation off a lightweight.
Former Polish Flat racer who has done anything but excel over obstacles (0-6); poor jumper who couldn't be considered in any shape or form; stablemate of Ex S'elance and Strait Run.
Clearly very light on ability this 27-race hurdles maiden holds precious little chance from miles outside of the handicap proper; look elsewhere with immense confidence.
Last Year's Winner
|The Jam Man||5||11-1||4/7|
|T: R A CurranJ: Miss Maxine O'Sullivan|
Mah Mate Bob (15/8), Rocku (9/4), Treasure Dillon (3/1), Strait Run (9/2), Modulus (7/1), Ex S'elance (10/1), Excalibur (11/1), Cadellin (33/1), Schlipf (66/1), Rapid Fritz (200/1)
- Ex S'elance
- Mah Mate Bob
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