17:50 Uttoxeter Tue 9 July 2019
Debut for yard having been a fair hurdler for Dan Skelton but failed to make much of an impact whilst with Wilt Story (sold for £3,000). Not seen out in this sphere since January 2017 (well below form); given a chance by the handicapper.
Maiden hurdle winner when trained in Ireland but 0-12 for this yard over hurdles/fences. Ran better than for some while last time (first-time visor) in a Hexham handicap (runner-up); rather harshly raised 4lb for that effort.
Long while since he's shown any real form and despite a plummeting mark he's yet to take advantage. Failed to complete in two runs for this yard (pulled up) and failed to beat a rival home in the other start; hard to build a persuasive case for.
Better Flat performer (rather frustrating in that sphere) than he's proving over hurdles despite showing glimpses of promise. In essence he's failing to progress over hurdles (ran respectably on the Flat last time); struggles to defy this mark.
Just one win to his name on the Flat (1-25) but has shown some aptitude over hurdles despite yet being able to win in this discipline. Shaped quite well on a recent return from a year off but failed to back that up last time; doubts remain.
Placed on a few occasions when going through a good spell in the latter half of last year; hasn't run anywhere near that form since returning after seven months off. Returns from a wind op, that will need to provide a big boost to his current form.
Returned from a seven month break to record a his first/only win so far at Plumpton in March off this same mark. Failed to match that form since and comes here with questions to answer sporting a new headgear combination.
Fair form at best on the Flat (only win came on debut) when with Kevin Ryan; has shown precious little over hurdles since moving to this yard. Possible that handicaps may show him in a better light but needs to settle far better to make an impact.
Five-time Flat winner when with Ed Dunlop at up to 1m3f but has failed to transfer that ability to his hurdling career; 0-9 so far. Would look well treated here on his best Flat form having a much-reduced mark to conjure with; fared poorly of late.
Frustrating sort who is an intermittent winner and generally finishes weakly having travelled well. Not a particularly solid individual but this is his grade and he's more than capable off this mark on a going day in an insubstantial contest.
Bumper winner here way back in 2014 with just one hurdles win to his name and that came over three years ago now. Returns from a wind op on the back of a significant absence with the handicapper leaving him on the same mark; not an obvious chance.
Snapped a very lengthy losing run off a lowly-mark at Newcastle last December; unsurprisingly beaten twice since although not disgraced. Returns from a fair absence and may need this outing, hardly the most solid proposition.
Arrives in better order than the majority of the field having hit the frame in his last three outings (looked stretched by the longer trip last time). Penultimate run over C&D would if repeated give her a leading chance off this low weight.
There was some promise in his earlier bumper efforts but he's looked limited as a hurdler (0-12) despite finishing second last time he was well held and beaten 16L. Out of the weights to the tune of 6lb here, makes life difficult.
Last Year's Winner
|Eric The Third||9||10-10||11/10|
|T: Tim VaughanJ: Richard Patrick|
Bridey's Lettuce (7/2), Ourmullion (4/1), Infiniti (5/1), Valgor Du Ronceray (8/1), Naasik (10/1), Boychick (11/1), Bumble Bay (14/1), Hey Bob (16/1), Never A Word (16/1), Enforcement (16/1), Adrakhan (25/1), Copt Hill (33/1), Salazar (50/1), American Craftsman (50/1)
- Valgor Du Ronceray
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