16:40 Sandown Sat 27 April 2019
Overcame some shoddy early fencing when beating Darius Des Bois by 7L over C&D in January (good to soft); high enough in the weights now, although in fairness he was only beaten a neck off a 3lb lower perch at Newbury 36-days ago.
Three-time winner this season (2m-2m7f); has came up well short more latterly, including when finishing last of three in the Sussex Champion Chase (2m4f) at Plumpton on Monday.
Possibly a fortuitous odds-on scorer in a three-runner affair at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) in February; moderate since; surprising if he's the solution (prefers plenty of cut) from a 3lb higher mark.
Shaped reasonably on chasing debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good) in November despite never troubling the useful winner Thomas Campbell; broke his duck in a fairly eventful affair back there the following month (2m4f, soft); off since.
Has some reasonable chasing form on flat tracks (Southwell and Kelso), but equally one can't help worry somewhat about his fencing technique with a couple of falls also featuring prominently on his CV.
Still a maiden over fences (0-5) and hasn't won since his hurdles debut at Uttoxeter in July 2016, but is most definitely progressing over the larger obstacles; beaten 1L by Saintemillion at Exeter (2m3f) 34-days ago; now rated 4lb higher.
4lb higher than when beating Play The Ace by in excess of 3L at Market Rasen (2m5f, good) in the autumn of 2018; scarcely seen since, presumably waiting for this race and a sound racing surface; Richard Johnson booked.
January Wincanton scorer (2m4f, good); soundly beaten by today's rival Huntsman Son at Newbury in March, and didn't exactly set the world alight in the Red Rum Handicap Chase (2m) at Aintree either; vulnerable.
Difficult to win with - has finished second on four of his six starts over the larger obstacles, including when cajoled along by Paddy Brennan, and beaten a neck by Paddy's Poem at Huntingdon (2m+, good) just over two-weeks ago.
Turned in lousy efforts returning from a break at Kempton (2m4f) and over C&D; runner-up over 2m at Warwick latest (don't be fooled - beaten 22L); all hopes are pinned on wind surgery and a newly-applied tongue-tie sparking a revival.
Done nothing but progress since kicking off 2019 with a shock 25/1 win; has mixed hurdling with chasing more latterly; seeks the hat-trick off a 7lb higher mark for his ready Bangor win (2m4f) a fortnight ago; stronger contest.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden|
Larry (10/3), Good Man Pat (4/1), Diable De Sivola (9/2), Molineaux (11/2), Didero Vallis (13/2), Aintree My Dream (15/2), Bandsman (8/1), Gone Platinum (11/1), Huntsman Son (12/1), Royal Village (14/1), Zalvados (14/1), El Terremoto (25/1), Psychedelic Rock (25/1), Militarian (40/1)
- Diable De Sivola
- Didero Vallis
- Huntsman Son