19:45 Aintree Fri 17 May 2019
Course winner (Grade 1 novices' chase in 2015; 2m) although never really built on that form. Still capable of some decent form and looks to be his best for some while as two recent placed efforts would attest; this is easier than his last two starts.
Useful hurdler/chaser but without any winning form since June 2017 (only 1-9 over fences). Ran up to his best at Ludlow (3m, good/firm) on his penultimate start before being pulled-up when last seen (reportedly bled); best watched.
Fact that he was well supported in the market over C&D last time reflected that a return to form was expected having fallen 8lb below his last winning mark. Only beaten by two progressive sorts (travelled well); makes plenty of appeal on that effort.
Reproduced his useful French chasing form when cashing in on a drop in grade at Market Rasen last time; drawing clear to win 13L. 2lb well-in under his penalty he will have to show more here to follow-up on his win however.
The return of some headgear coupled with a break/reduced mark proved to be the catalysts for a return to form at Haydock last month over 3m4f. Back up in the weights here he had a hard race last time (had post-race heat stress); others persuade more.
Landed back-to-back chasing handicaps earlier in the year taking a stride forward each time. Found the increased grade too competitive last time (made mistakes; raced from out of the weights); may be a similar story here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Oldgrangewood (6/4), Minella Daddy (4/1), Sizing Granite (4/1), Van Gogh Du Granit (11/2), Kings Monarch (7/1), Forever Field (16/1)
- Sizing Granite
- Van Gogh Du Granit
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