15:15 Cheltenham Wed 17 April 2019
Often given stiff tasks, as was the case last time (still ran with credit), capable at this level though, as previous Taunton win showed, but this trip probably stretches his stamina to the limit. Others preferred.
Hasn't really happened for him over fences this year and now reverts to hurdles, looks on a fair enough mark if chasing hasn't blunted his speed and has the necessary class for this. Not discounted.
Seemed to improve for the step up in trip at Newbury last time, although it looked as far as he wanted to go, in truth. Up 5lb for that win but the worry is the final hill may find him out. Cannot be ruled out in such good form, though.
Hasn't been seen out since last November when successful inn a valuable handicap at Ayr, and in the past has tended to need a run to put him right. Trip and ground no issue but on balance, others make more appeal.
Looked very useful when defeating the classy Global Citizen at Ascot last November but hasn't gone on from that (although has faced some stiff tasks) and now has plenty to prove. Trip an unknown too.
Better known as a chaser and looks well enough handicapped back over hurdles on best efforts. Has form here but hard to know exactly what frame of mind he's in after a couple of middling efforts. Hard to rule out totally, though.
Won a bumper and novice hurdle back in 2017, and then not seen again until recent close third at Exeter, a very solid effort after such an absence. Should do better but yard are not exactly banging the winners in, which is a worry.
Twice a winner last autumn but has gone backwards since then, and last couple of efforts particularly worrying. Yard form, though improving, not where you'd like it to be either, and he needs to bounce back now.
Decent midfield finish in the 2018 Ballymore but novice chase campaign this winter nothing to write home about. Reverts to hurdles on a fair mar, and has had a wind operation, which may help, but best watched today.
Looking dangerously well handicapped on the best of his form, not really going anywhere quickly over fences but another that's coming back over the smaller obstacles today. Might ideally want a bit further, though.
Some good-looking form figures but in truth has been mopping up in lesser novice hurdles than today, and is taking on a much more competitive field here. Probably needs another step forward in his form, and not seen out since October anyway.
Has plenty of ability but has his share of temperament with it, as he showed when running out (held every chance at the time) at Kempton last time. Blinkers on today may help him concentrate and with conditions ideal, isn't ruled out.
Last couple of efforts very moderate but previous two runs here over slightly further read very well and he's a pound lower here. Probably has little in hand of the handicapper but would be interesting at a price.
Had shown promise in novice hurdles before coming good at Sandown in February, disappointing at Uttoxeter last time but heavy ground there not everyone's cup of tea and he could bounce back today.
Only had the four starts so open to improvement, winner at Ludlow in January and then fourth at Market Rasen last time, staying on well late (3m). May not find this enough of a test and it's asking a bit of one so inexperienced.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: James Bowen|
Honest Vic (11/2), Gowiththeflow (7/1), No Hassle Hoff (8/1), Rather Be (8/1), Golden Birthday (8/1), Lungarno Palace (10/1), Duarigle (10/1), Espoir De Teillee (10/1), Le Patriote (14/1), Back On The Lash (14/1), I'm A Game Changer (16/1), Unison (20/1), Jenkins (22/1), Fidux (25/1), Mac Tottie (28/1)
- Lungarno Palace
- Honest Vic
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