15:00 Aintree Sat 6 April 2019
- Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)
- 1m 7f 176y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Struggled to make an impact in the hurly-burly of the Grand Annual; appeared much happier last time down in grade back in a smaller field at Ascot (runner-up). Looks to have a stiff task again here back up in grade; likely to find this beyond him.
Bold front-runner who progressed through handicaps over fences to take his place in the Arkle last time (took fourth). Judged to be much better than his final placing given that he pressed the winner all the way; did have a hard race though.
Not been tested in this sort of class yet but comes here with an 2-2 chasing record having won easily last time at Ayr backing up a Southwell handicap win. Interesting that connections take this route; would be of interest in valuable handicaps.
Headstrong when falling on his chase debut he soon made amends with two emphatic wins in novice and handicap company. Lost nothing when chasing home a smart type at Plumpton; had little go right since, forced to do too much too soon in the Arkle.
Grade 1 Aintree hurdles winner who made a fine start to his chasing career with a Grade 2 Cheltenham win. Has failed to live up to those expectations since disappointing on two occasions; ran as if amiss when pulled up in the Arkle; point to prove.
Taken well to fences winning three of his first five starts in this sphere culminating in a Grade 3 victory in October. Not scored since although he has acquitted himself well (usually under an attacking ride); fell sixth in the Arkle last time.
Hard to fault his record over fences where apart from his debut he's yet to finish out of the first two (four successive runner up slots in Graded races). Benefitted from a change of tactics (held up) to take second in the Arkle; leading claims.
Last Year's Winner
|Diego Du Charmil||6||11-4||5/1|
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Ornua (3/1), Us And Them (3/1), Lalor (7/2), Clondaw Castle (13/2), Destrier (7/1), Knocknanuss (8/1), Caid Du Lin (20/1)
- Us And Them
- Clondaw Castle