16:45 Plumpton Mon 22 April 2019
Point-to-point winner in May last year and glimpses of ability in five Rules starts so far. Beaten 21L over 2m4f at Ffos Las (soft) on handicap debut last time out however and more needed upped in trip with blinkers tried for the first time.
Course winner over fences but beaten 20L when finishing third of four in a novices' handicap chase over an extended 2m3f on good-to-soft ground here last month. Races off an 8lb lower mark on return to hurdles and debut for this yard.
Placed on each of his last two starts most recently when 6L third in a big field 3m handicap hurdle at Wetherby (good) just under two weeks ago. Races off the same mark here and is one to note in this contest.
C&D winner was returning from a break when finishing third in a 3m1f handicap hurdle on good ground here in February. Given another break since and is looking for his third course success.
Five race maiden was pulled up on handicap debut over 3m on good going at Taunton in February. Cheekpieces worn for the first time that day are retained on her return from a break.
Pulled up on two of her last three starts most recently over an extended 2m4f on good ground here two weeks ago. Stamina to prove stepping up in distance.
Promising 6¼L third in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fakenham (good) on handicap debut early last month. Hails from a top yard and is interesting stepping up in distance with a tongue tie tried for the first time.
Ten race maiden and returns to hurdles having unseated in first time blinkers (visor worn previously returns here) in a novices' handicap chase over an extended 2m4f at Southwell (good) last time out.
Maiden after nine starts and probably best watched stepping up in distance in a first time visor having finished 68L eighth on handicap debut over an extended 2m4f here two weeks ago.
Last Year's Winner
The Tin Miner (9/4), Pray For A Rainbow (11/4), Bostin (5/1), Stream Lady (6/1), Bonbonniere (6/1), Cockney Seagull (16/1), Maisy Belle (16/1), Marocchino (20/1), Elska (40/1)
- Pray For A Rainbow
- The Tin Miner
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