20:05 Perth Wed 15 May 2019
Hexham winner (2m4f, good) in October 2018; the champion jockey Richard Johnson takes the mount for the first time since; expected to be reasonably competitive despite carrying top-weight of 11st 12lb.
Made all when a shock 33/1 winner of this race from a 1lb higher mark in 2018 (good); much more modest since, only finishing third of four (beaten 13L) at Carlisle latest.
Enjoyed a profitable summer in 2017, winning twice at this track (2m4f-3m); scarcely seen since winning at Carlisle in December 2017, so presumably has had a problem of some sort; high enough in the weights?
Hasn't won over hurdles since the summer of 2017 (2m6f, Cartmel), and although she's quickly sliding down the weights, she didn't give off any positive signs that her turn is forthcoming over 2m4f here last month.
Off the mark at the sixth-time of asking when beating Lady Samback (runs earlier) by ¾L at Carlisle (2m1f, mares' handicap) in March; runner up here since (2m4f); a further 2b higher today for her first attempt at 3m.
Seeks the hat-trick following wins at Limerick (2m5f) and most latterly over C&D; 8lb higher for that latest win but has conditions firmly in his favour (good ground) and should take the beating.
Back from a nine-month absence when producing a career best performance to beat the Dan Skelton-trained Mabela by 4½L at Market Rasen (2m4½f, good) 24-days ago; 5lb higher and upped in trip.
Finished a distant third in the first-time visor over 2m4f here last month; has masses to find with Shanroe Al C on a strict line through the winner on that occasion (Load Up Time).
Last Year's Winner
|T: J E DixonJ: Mr J Dixon|
Shanroe Al C (6/4), Amberose (9/2), Isle Of Destiny (11/2), Farmer Boy (13/2), River Icon (7/1), Rivabodiva (12/1), Presence Felt (14/1), Another Mattie (16/1), Ebony Rose (40/1)
- Shanroe Al C
- Isle Of Destiny
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