15:50 Newbury Sat 23 March 2019
Ended 2017 with back-to-back C&D seconds here and after almost two years off he started right where he left off with a second here in the valuable Greatwood Gold Cup. 3lb higher here but almost certain to improve plenty, big chance.
One place and 2L behind Gala Ball latest when third in the C&D Greatwood Gold Cup. 2lb better off with that rival here but given he was having his third run of the season and rival having first in two years reversal unlikely.
Good strike rate over fences and gained second win this season latest when winning over this distance at Leicester. Upped 4lb now and struggled off this mark in the past but that may not be the case here.
Upped 2lb for 1L defeat by Cobra De Mai latest at Leicester which means she's 2lb better off with that rival. Very hard to split the pair then but given she's won off this mark in the past she must be respected.
Won a decent contest at Cheltenham early last season but not in the same form this term (four starts). Fourth at Warwick last month a step in the right direction however and sufficiently well treated now to merit respect.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A E JonesJ: T J O'Brien|
Gala Ball (13/8), Valdez (5/2), Foxtail Hill (7/2), Cobra De Mai (7/1), Got Away (10/1)
- Gala Ball
- Foxtail Hill
- Got Away
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