14:50 Worcester Wed 3 July 2019
Dual course winner (hurdles and fences); was beaten 3L by Bestwork in this race in 2018 (when run as a Class 3) and ultra-consistent in defeat since (3,3,2,3,2,2,5); possibly high enough in the weights.
Handles most conditions and is a three-time winner over fences (2m2f-3m2f); 3lb higher than when finishing off strongly to get within 1½L the Donald McCain-trained Ink Master at Newton Abbot (2m, good) last month.
Well beaten on the AW at Newcastle (2m) when last competing under rules in February 2018; race-fit from a spell in Irish PTP's, beaten 4½L (third) by Kruzhlinin at Ballindenisk in May.
Won his bumper at this track in October 2017, and was once rated in the 130's over hurdles; hasn't been the most fluent over fences just yet but in all fairness is still learning the ropes; fourth on nine over C&D latest (beaten 10¾L).
Winner for the likes of Sam England and David Pipe, although admittedly hasn't always been the easiest of horses; backed up his Sedgefield point-to-point win with an 8L Rules second to the thriving Ronava at Hexham (2m4f, good).
Has won just once in 25 starts under Rules (0-9 fences) but is a consistent front-runner with previous Worcester form; ran a blinder on return from a nine-month break when caught close home by Steel Wave at Bangor (3m); now 5lb higher.
5lb higher than when staying on strongly to beat Stormy Milan by 6L at Fontwell (3m2f, good) in May; has had wind surgery since (and now wears cheekpieces); disappointing at Market Rasen latest.
Progressive chaser; is 2-2 since teaming up with the Champion Jockey Richard Johnson; 10lb higher than when beating Brown Bear by an eased down 3L at Fontwell (2m5½f, good to soft) three weeks ago; key player.
Hardly boasts the most compelling of records over fences (1-13), but a positive argument can be made from a handicapping perspective assuming that recent wind surgery has worked the oracle; warrants market inspection at least.
Veteran (formerly with Neil King); has probably needed his first two starts for Dan Skelton and is slowly easing in the weights; even allowing for this trainers reputation, it's very difficult to identify a positive angle; look elsewhere.
Has a pleasing rules strike-rate (4-12) and has won 50% of her starts over fences; competes off the same mark as when gamely beating Cruising Bye by ½L at Bangor in March 2017; has been pointing in early 2019.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C E LongsdonJ: J J Burke|
Old Pride (4/1), Shoal Bay (9/2), Out For Justice (9/2), Vendredi Trois (8/1), Delgany Demon (9/1), Kings Temptation (9/1), Bramble Brook (10/1), Border Breaker (10/1), Wilberdragon (14/1), Shanty Town (20/1), Midnight Jade (40/1), Empresario (66/1)
- Out For Justice
- Old Pride
- Shoal Bay
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