14:30 Southwell Mon 18 March 2019
A shadow of his former self (Grand Annual winner off 147; 2014) but his mark reflects that, although it has been nearly two years since his last success. May have needed the run (behind Deise Vu) last time over C&D; still a bit to do at the weights.
Comes here looking to complete a long-range hat-trick having taken a Hereford handicap chase in November; followed up over C&D after 4 months off (may have been fortunate; left clear last). Up 5lb, toughest test yet but is a dual C&D winner.
Winning hurdler who has yet to convince over fences (0-6) despite producing two fair efforts back from a break; has run well at Lingfield (unseated rider), Taunton (runner-up). Few positives to take from his last run though; looked far from keen.
Only 1lb above his last winning mark, may well benefit from this ease in grade; ran very well in a 0-130 off 5lb higher (penultimate start). Failed to build on that promise last time but trip (2m4f) too far; could fare better than the market expects.
Last Year's Winner
Savello (2/1), Deise Vu (2/1), Deadly Approach (9/4), Broughtons Rhythm (8/1)
- Deadly Approach
- Deise Vu
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