14:10 Wetherby Tue 19 March 2019
Hacked up when winning at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) on his penultimate start and caught close home under a 7lb penalty at Sandown (2m, soft) since; races off his true revised mark today (another 8lb higher) which will make life tougher; respected.
Raced prominently until weakening from the final flight when finishing 7L second to Suggestion on handicap debut over C&D in December; lacked any real fluency early on at Newbury latest (soon detached); cheekpieces are now applied.
Dual bumper winner; a shade disappointing on hurdles debut at Sedgefield in November (2m1f, good to soft) but much better over an extended 2m3f here (good) last month; interesting to see how he figures in the market on handicap debut.
Hasn't taken at all well to chasing, so switches back to the smaller obstacles for the first time in almost 12 months; placed on both previous visits to this track and remains feasibly handicapped; conditions are fine.
Three-time Flat winner (1m-1m3f); unexposed in handicap company over hurdles and might've just needed the run at Newcastle (2m, good to soft) a fortnight ago; each-way possibilities if upping his game.
Former French-racer who has been brought along steadily by her current trainer Micky Hammond; ran better than the bare finishing positions imply at Catterick (1m7½f, soft) 13-days ago; sent handicapping for the first time off a mark of 106.
One-time Godolphin inmate; sole hurdles success in a 2m1f maiden at Cartmel (soft) in July 2017; clearly has had some issues with his breathing, and was pulled up on his first start back from wind surgery at Catterick (2m1f) last month; unlikely.
A six-time winner over hurdles, albeit the bulk of those victories were recorded much earlier in his racing career (including as the 2016 race winner); no issues with presenting conditions but likely to find this opposition too hot to handle.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W GreatrexJ: Ben Hicks|
Theatre Legend (9/4), Bonne Question (5/2), En Meme Temps (4/1), Snookered (6/1), Walsingham Grange (14/1), Ilaya (22/1), Think Ahead (25/1), Hartside (33/1)
- Bonne Question
- En Meme Temps
- Theatre Legend
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