Wednesday 19 June 2019
Bidfood 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle
Class 4 | 1m 7f 168y | Good to Soft | 9 Runners | Turf
Off time: 14:45 | Winning time: 3m 54.2s
Won an Irish point-to-point and, as his dam is a sister to the high-class Take The Stand, and a half-sister to a winner over fences, the gelding appeals on pedigree; yard is quiet just now though.
Showed reasonable form in bumpers and also posted an improved effort over hurdles at Warwick last month; more needed but learning all the time and no forlorn hope of making the frame.
Well beaten in all starts so far; including on debut over hurdles at Stratford earlier this month. Has a lot to prove.
Out of a half-sister who is related to high-class chaser Merry Gale (a multiple winner at Listed level as well as in Graded races), and has already won twice between the flags. Interesting debutante under rules. Worth a betting check.
Cost just £2,500 as a four-year-old and has an ordinary pedigree; was pulled up in a point-to-point last month and has a good bit to prove on a literal reading of that performance. Yard respected here though.
Form in Irish bumpers reads respectably and the gelding caught the eye enough to fetch £20,000 at the Ascot sales in March. Yard obviously targeting this race and very possible he could be the pick of the trio of Skelton-trained runners.
Flat-bred gelding who won a bumper on debut at Carlisle in April before he faded under pressure when trying to make all the running in a similar race at Sedgefield last month; interesting to note the tactics this time. Worth considering.
Point-to-point form was modest at best and has been well beaten in both previous starts over hurdles; has a bit to find and looks the least likely improver from her yard's three intended runners on this occasion.
Best effort when second in a Lingfield bumper in February but looked to be of limited ability in two starts over hurdles during the last month; has a bit to prove.
Teddy's Acre (4/11), Zoutoise (3/1), Dontcounturchikens (4/1), Iconic Hero (6/1), Perpignan (9/1), Detatched (18/1), Parisian Affair (20/1), Connective (22/1), Mega Move (28/1), Feel The Pinch (33/1), Pinot Noir (66/1)
- Teddy's Acre