13:50 Wincanton Sun 14 April 2019
Useful sort on the Flat when with Charles Hills; made a successful hurdles debut for this yard on the back of a 22 month absence plus a wind op. Well below that form when last seen (looked amiss) at Kempton; needs to bounce back here.
Hooded (first-time) for stable debut having been fairly useful on the Flat in the USA (had one hurdle race in that country; favourite, finished fifth). Back from a fair absence but judged on Flat form may be able to make an impression.
2-10 in Irish point-to-points he shaped far better than his finishing position when fourth on hurdles debut (suffered severe tack problems); first run back from wind op. Drops down substantially in trip on very different ground this time.
Modest Flat maiden (0-9) who has shown next to nothing in a pair of Chepstow novice hurdles over this trip. Needs this run for a mark and only likely to be seen in a better light when participating in low-grade handicaps.
Twice a French AW winner at up to 1m4f showing some fair form on occasions (2-16 overall); well below form when last seen. Makes his GB\stable debut without much being expected of him over timber as yet.
Fairly useful on the Flat with John Gosden (rated 78) but still a maiden; got off the mark over hurdles at the third attempt (Hereford, 2m, good). Won readily with the subsequent win of the second adding substance to the form; leading player.
Only lightly-raced in Flat maidens in Ireland with his best effort coming over 1m2f. Now switched to hurdles for a top-class yard for his debut in this sphere; gives the trainer a decent 1-2 punch within this contest.
Only fair on the Flat (sole win came in a selling handicap over 1m) he only shown very modest form so far in two efforts in this sphere. May well appreciate this better surface for his qualifying run; handicaps await after this.
Fair on the Flat when with George Scott he's starting to look expensive (cost 100,000 guineas) over hurdles for this yard. Shown very little aptitude for hurdling so far, may make more impact in handicaps; leap of faith required to support here.
Looks a long-term project based on the impression of her two runs so far where she has shown something to work on but progress will be slow. Didn't jump very fluently last time and finished last; hard to construct a cogent case for her.
Last Year's Winner
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