16:45 Market Rasen Wed 20 March 2019
Finished runner-up in 50% of his starts in PTP's (4-8); hasn't figured in either start under rules, but those runs were over inadequate trips (2m-2m2f+) in novice company; up in trip against moderate opposition on handicap debut; chance.
Four-time Flat winner for Mark Johnston (1m-1m2f); nine-race maiden over hurdles, with cheekpieces now introduced for the first-time; beaten just 1½L when finishing third to Lara Trot at Leicester (2m4f+, good) in January; lacks scope.
His sole win over hurdles came when making all at Les Landes (Jersey) in August 2018; now 0-4 for Johnny Farrelly with few obvious signs that he can cut the mustard on the mainland; plunging down the weights at a rate of knots.
Runner-up on a couple of occasions on deep ground at Uttoxeter (2m); has a chance from a handicapping perspective off a 3lb lower mark, albeit today's fast drying conditions aren't expected to prove favourable; stablemate of Deep Resolve.
Not the force of old when a two-time Hexham hurdles winner for the late Alan Swinbank in the winter of December 2014; difficult to make a case for under such conditions; stablemate of Georgian Firebird.
Cheap purchase (cost a mere €1,500 as a 3yo); hasn't seen much in the way of racing, but took a step forward on selling handicap debut at Catterick (1m7f+) latest; not totally ruled out in a weak race.
Maiden over hurdles (0-6), although in absolute free-fall in the weights (down 21lb) since his last timber spin in August 2016; pulled up over fences on debut for Tom Gretton here (2m1f) last month.
Last Year's Winner
|T: David DennisJ: Sam Twiston-Davies|
Oscar Nomination (13/8), Katebird (10/3), Ormskirk (6/1), Deep Resolve (8/1), Darsi's Jewel (8/1), Georgian Firebird (17/2), Asknotwhat (18/1)
- Oscar Nomination
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