19:40 Southwell Tue 14 May 2019
Once placed pointer has been well held in two hurdle races to date and despite respected connections makes little appeal here.
Irish point-to-point winner at Durrow on his second start who shaped as though he had some ability in both his bumper starts. Showed an aptitude for hurdling in two starts but more needed to get involved in the finish.
Phoenix Reach gelding made belated racecourse debut at Hexham last month where he ran out when looking booked for fourth at the last which would have been a good run given 66/1 odds. Enough ability there to merit respect here.
Bought for £30,000 after finishing second in lone bumper in December 2017. Quite belated start then for this yard and fact he was withdrawn due to unsuitable good ground latest raises doubts here on similar.
Placed in a point-to-point in spring 2016 and ran well when runner-up at Doncaster in a novice hurdle over this trip in December of that year. Absent since pulling up at Ludlow two years ago so market may guide as to expectations.
Will win races and likely sooner rather than later based on excellent second of 10 at Warwick latest in his second race over hurdles. Will improve again and has leading claims here.
Only managed four races in a two-year career but ran a very sound race latest when second of four at Fakenham and he has showed ability in all his other starts too. Leading contender at similar level.
Remote finished in a bumper and a hurdle and pulled up in between also over hurdles so hard to fancy here.
Hurdles debutant won here over 2m½f in December on AW. Rated just 47 on the level so pretty unlikely he plays a major role here.
Heavy ground bumper winner in March last year but struggled since including pulling up on hurdles bow at Catterick and similar effort in seventh of 11 at Sedgefield. Remains then best watched for now.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Sudden Destination (7/4), One More Fleurie (5/2), Monkey Puzzle (11/4), Dontbitedabait (8/1), Masteen (12/1), Jamessaintpatrick (16/1), Likeamonkey (25/1), Blue Monday (33/1), The Last Of Them (50/1), Jaxlight (66/1), Constituent (100/1)
- One More Fleurie
- Sudden Destination
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