17:40 Bangor-on-Dee Fri 26 April 2019
Grand veteran having his 132nd start who loves to bowl along in front. Placed in four of his last six starts and the handicapper looks to just about have his measure at present. One of four stable represntatives in this race.
Shaped with promise on handicap bow over C&D after 115-day break when third recently off 2lb higher mark. Looks stable first-string and should give a good account of himself.
May stay further in time but got no further than second when falling at Sedgefield last month. Looks rather one paced and will do well to get involved when the taps are turned on.
Only win in 16 hurdles to date came in Ireland in 2016 over 2m. Fair second in handicap at Kelso in October on final start for previous handler but hasn't shone in two runs for current yard and appears to be out of form.
Very little to crow about in five starts so far and has been well beaten in four starts this campaign. Makes handicap debut and steps up beyond 2m for first time but is hard to fancy unless market suggests improvement imminent.
Looked modest in four starts in 2017 prior to wind surgery but a revalation since returning from 18-month absence winning at Uttoxeter and Plumpton. Bolted in off this mark five days ago and has strong claims in his hat-trick bid.
26-race ex-Irish maiden who ran best race for long time when decent second at Newcastle earlier this month on third start for current yard. Just 1lb higher now and should go well again if in similar mood.
14 races without success both in France and the UK and has been disappointing. Eased 5lb following latest poor show at Chepstow and hoeps rest on step up from 2m making some difference.
Creditable third over slightly further in handicap at Huntingdon in February and appeared to resent visor following starts when well beaten favourite. Seemed not stay longer trip last time but has questions to answer after two below-par runs.
Won 2m maiden hurdle at Stratford in October 2016 but no luck since then. Is only modest but has run a few fair races when in the mood and kept on to be fourth of 16 at Fontwell last time over 2m5f. Wears first-time visor.
Third start in a handicap having shown no sign of any real form in maiden and novice hurdles. Has run badly last two starts and been dropped a total of 5lb but is still very hard to enthuse over.
Yard in tremendous form with 38% strike rate in recent weeks. Won in heavy ground at Fontwell in 2018 and was second at that track and at Taunton on penultimate run from four starts this campaign. Rain would be a big plus and may not be far away.
Won at Warwick nearly three years ago off mark of 83 but absent for 32 moths prior to pulling up at Lingfield recently having always been behind. Should strip fitter now but has a huge amount to prove.
Won at Southwell last year off 9lb higher mark and has finished fourth in a couple of moderate events this term. Fair conditional claims further 3lb and is in with a squeak if on a going day.
Last Year's Winner
Kereman (8/13), Danceintothelight (8/1), Armattiekan (11/1), Blue April (11/1), Seapoint (12/1), Blue Rhythm (12/1), Kalaskadesemilley (16/1), Dartagnan Le Dun (20/1), Spader (25/1), Capmonfor (25/1), Georgian Firebird (25/1), Whiteoak Stroller (33/1), Little Stevie (50/1), All Riled Up (50/1), Vereina (80/1), Camlad Kingfisher (80/1)
- Blue April
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