15:15 Wetherby Tue 19 March 2019
Very difficult to knock his hurdles form so far, and has made a smooth transition into handicap company; went down by a neck to the subsequent Pertemps Final-placed Not Many Left at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft) in January; now 3lb higher.
Stout stayer who will relish the give underfoot; 4lb higher than when making a winning seasonal return at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) in December; beaten just under 5L when finishing fourth of five to Eminent Poet in this race last year.
Hasn't seen too much racing since winning back-to-back 2m3f+ contests in 2017 (including at Wetherby); back on song when just failing to reel in Oh Land Abloom at Uttoxeter (2m7f+, good); now 2lb higher.
Purchased for £380,000 in November 2017; comfortable winner of a 2m4f Hexham maiden (soft) on his second hurdles start; a shade disappointing in sole subsequent appearance; tries handicapping with a tongue-tie and cheekpieces newly applied.
Beaten a neck by Lord Getaway at Uttoxeter (2m7f+, heavy) in December and he'd hold a chance if able to consistently reproduce that level of form; poor since; has finished runner-up on both previous Wetherby outings.
Lost his unbeaten record over fences with a below-par effort at Carlisle (3m+, good to soft) last month; reverts to hurdling from a mark which is 8lb above his last winning one at Carlisle in March 2018; past C&D winner.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch|
Minella Warrior (2/1), Know The Score (2/1), Diamond Fort (7/2), Skipthescales (8/1), Bryden Boy (16/1), Isaacstown Lad (18/1)
- Minella Warrior
- Know The Score
- Diamond Fort
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