14:25 Sandown Sat 27 April 2019
In fine fettle earlier on in the season, beaten narrowly by Politologue at Ascot (2m5f) before winning the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon by 8L; highly tried since (has struggled); ideally needs good to soft ground.
Fluent fencing front-runner who has enjoyed plenty of big race success in the past, including when dominant in the Grade 3 Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot in November 2017; 6L Listed winner on his penultimate start (Doncaster).
Without a win since late 2017 when beating none other than Frodon (not such a force back then) by 3L in the Listed Lavazza Silver Cup (3m Ascot); second, but back-peddling when falling at Ayr recently; stablemate of Josses Hill.
Stablemate of Black Corton; 7-24 over fences, albeit many of those wins came during his Gr.1 winning novice campaign in 2016/17; Gr.3 Newbury scorer (penultimate) before negotiating a safe passage in the Topham at Aintree (seventh of 27).
Stablemate of San Benedeto; reunited with the returning Bryony Frost; well suited by racing on a sound surface and very much the nearly horse this season, finishing runner-up on four occasions; closely matched with Charbel and Definitly Red; player.
Best on a sound surface, so will revel in these conditions; strictly speaking has plenty of work to do at the weights on the book, but lines-up having won two of his last three starts (2m4f-3m2f); stable flying.
Stablemate of Gold Present; finished tired when beaten 20+L by Menorah in this race in 2017 and hasn't won anywhere since late 2016; has a couple of recent non-completions on his CV; simply making up the numbers nowadays?
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: D A Jacob|
Black Corton (15/8), Definitly Red (10/3), Charbel (4/1), Cobra De Mai (9/2), San Benedeto (5/1), Go Conquer (7/1), Gold Present (10/1), Josses Hill (25/1)
- Black Corton
- Cobra De Mai
- Definitly Red
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