15:00 Ayr Sat 13 April 2019
Won here at this trip over hurdles but has been campaigned over 2m over fences thus far. Won lesser three-runner event in good style last time, but this is tougher and has something to find on official figures.
Only defeat in four starts over fences came when second in Grade 2 at Doncaster in January. Back to wining ways since then and as the highest rated horse in the field deserves plenty of respect.
Best on a sound surface and may have found soft ground against him in hot listed event at Cheltenham Festival last month. Better judged on previous efforts and represnts top yard so would be no surprise to see him bounce back.
Made good start to chasing winning first two starts but was beaten when in distant second and and falling at Wetherby last time. Much more needed this time.
Stable have been patient and he hasn't been seen since second in Cheltenham novice chase in October. At his best on decent surface so should have conditions to suit and appears stable first-string on jockey bookings.
Yard has won this 5 times in last 17 renewals and rely solely on this gelding who won easily over this trip at Wincanton last time. This is a tougher test but he may have more to offer and should go well.
Landed Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock in January and was good second in Grade 2 Pendil Novices Chase at Kempton next time. Outclassed in Grade 1 at Cheltenham last month but may not be far away at her best.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H WhittingtonJ: Harry Bannister|
Secret Investor (2/1), Ballywood (5/2), Monbeg Legend (11/2), Lough Derg Spirit (6/1), Castafiore (9/1), Louis' Vac Pouch (12/1), Cool Mix (25/1)
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