18:20 Uttoxeter Tue 9 July 2019
Debut AW bumper winner who didn't need to improve on his initial hurdles effort when scoring at Huntingdon looking like one who would find more progressive form in time. Does need to improve under a penalty with a tough rival to overcome.
None in this field would have matched his Flat form; came as no surprise to see him make a successful hurdling debut following wind surgery. That Southwell win has already been franked by the second; comes late to hurdling, has scope to improve.
Had a wind op before starting his career but he's shown very little sign of any real ability in an assortment of events under Rules. Hard to see him getting involved having been thumped 86L last time at Perth.
Disqualified from his point-to-point win at Witton Castle because of an identification mix-up (has been placed in two events in that sphere). Recent Rules run over hurdles only marks him out as poor though; surprise if he contends.
Five Flat wins show that he has ability if not as much as the likes of Pacify in that discipline. Showed plenty to work on over hurdles from his debut (didn't settle that well); beaten 6L at Stratford, should get involved; does need to find more.
Newcomer to this sphere who makes her stable debut having run on the Flat for Ed Dunlop (sold for 11,000 guineas in May). Headgear worn for last eight Flat starts removed; now wears a first-time tongue-tie, best watched for now.
Well beaten in bumpers and one AW Flat outing for Tony Coyle his two hurdles starts for this yard have been blighted by his tendency to pull too hard. Well behind Pacify on his latest start he'll need to learn to settle before he interests.
An AW winner on the Fibresand over 1m3f last December adding to his two previous Flat wins he's yet to show much enthusiasm for hurdling. Well beaten by both major players in this contest already handicaps will be more his scenario.
Struggled on the Flat after winning a novice stakes as a two-year-old in testing conditions at Ffos Las over 7f. Well held behind Pacify (beaten 57L) on his hurdling debut, will need a miracle to reverse those placings.
Staying type on the AW for Jamie Osborne he was subsequently sold for £13,000 last March and makes his stable/hurdles debut over this 2m trip. May well have the attributes for a successful hurdling career but given a tough start; trip sharp enough.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Sam Twiston-Davies|
Pacify (1/1), Nimby (13/8), Thaqaffa (5/1), Your Band (20/1), Bempton Cliffs (33/1), Baasha (33/1), Yorbelucky (50/1), Handsome Bob (50/1), Game Risk (66/1), Amarone Gentleman (150/1)
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