20:10 Worcester Fri 24 May 2019
Last win came back in Uttoxeter 2017 (only one run since then) when cashing in on a falling mark to land a gamble over 2m4f on testing ground. Ran no sort of race over C&D when last seen; plenty to prove off this mark.
Yet to win for this yard but hasn't run without credit on a couple of occasions (not suited by the run of the race last time, forced to make up ground wide). Up in trip/down in grade with his mark falling; not out of this.
Despite support on his last two outings he's failed to show anything for the switch to handicaps his form as modest as it was in novice company. Now tried over further but this increased trip needs to spark some progress; one of the lesser sorts.
Looked one of the lesser lights in his previous yard (Philip Hobbs) making little impact over hurdles (sent over fences for his handicap debut; fell). Makes his debut for a new yard and progress required to make his mark after a reasonable break.
C&D winner who ended a worrying losing run when scoring at Plumpton late last year (3m1f, good/soft); posted a career-best. Not seen since turning in a creditable third sent chasing last time at Ludlow; claims if ready to roll off a break.
Rather luckless sort (fell when looking likely to win at Hereford) and whilst he doesn't look that well treated (handicapper not keen to ease him) he should run his race. Only beaten a neck last time at Ludlow; this is a fraction easier.
Judged on his bumper form he looks quite nicely treated although the promise that he showed in that sphere hasn't so far been evident over hurdles. Now goes into handicaps and more expected on his second run back from a wind op; market watch advised.
Gradually getting the hang on handicapping (failed to complete first two starts in this sphere); placed on his last two starts. Coped well with big-sized fields (faces another here) and sure to go well for a leading yard in this pay grade.
Course winner who isn't always the most straightforward (certainly has his quirks); showed his good side when ending a long losing run at Taunton (2m3f) in February. Underlined his inconsistency since then with three poor runs; caution advised.
Bumper efforts so far have outweighed what he's done over hurdles even a switch to handicaps off a break last time not seeing him move forward. Pulled up on that occasion; now faces a longer trip albeit off a 5lb lesser mark; others appeal more.
His winning form so far has come in point-to-points and there's very little to show for five underwhelming efforts under Rules over hurdles. Form lacks any substance with his handicap debut last time showing a distinct lack of progress.
Returns to hurdles after an abortive attempt over fences (tried over a variety of trips); also appears to have lost his way over hurdles. Last win came of 14lb higher so clearly well-handicapped if the first-time cheekpieces were to work.
Took full advantage of a drop in the weights and in distance to end a long losing run at Plumpton last October. Failed in two subsequent attempts to back that win up, now returns from a break and may just need this.
First run back from wind surgery and having his initial run in handicaps having looked very limited in bumpers and over hurdles so far. Hard to say he's worth a mark of 82 having not finished with 60L of the winner on a completed hurdles start.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Sandy Boy (7/4), Cottonvale (5/2), North Star Oscar (6/1), Aclassagold (11/1), Balkinstown (14/1), Outlaw Jack (16/1), Comeonthebull (22/1), Stonemadforspeed (25/1), Tactical Manoeuvre (25/1), Sunday Central (28/1), Mount Vesuvius (33/1), All Good Things (33/1), Captains Run (33/1), Storm Fire (40/1), He Is Rosy (50/1)
- Sandy Boy
- North Star Oscar
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