15:20 Hexham Sat 15 June 2019
A very fortunate 16/1 winner of the prestigious Buccleuch Cup (3m2f, good to soft) at Kelso in April; pulled up in a 3m Men's Open on the PTP course here since; well out of his depth against these opponents.
Almost certainly is flattered by his official rating of 135. However, it was impossible to fault his May C&D win (good) - made all, kept on strongly, unchallenged; has since bumped into the useful Potterman (a stablemate of Fidux) at Worcester.
Home bred with all of the attributes to be a chaser (out of the 2m-2m5f winner Posh Stick); steadily getting to grips with racing and was a pleasing second over hurdles here (3m) a fortnight ago; faces a very tough task on these terms.
142-rated hurdler, and an 8L winner of a Listed contest at Ascot (2m, good) last November; ideally could've done with slightly less rain ahead of his chasing debut, but in receipt of 6lb from Notwhatiam should prove tough to beat with a clear round.
Still early days for Mark Walford (formerly with Chris Grant); runner up in a Class 5 handicap hurdle here last month (3m, good); is expected to struggle on chasing debut on such disadvantageous terms; can't win barring accidents.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson|
Notwhatiam (8/11), Fidux (6/5), Donnas Dream (16/1), Cudgel (50/1), Longtymegone (50/1)
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