19:20 Uttoxeter Tue 9 July 2019
Useful sort on the Flat and over hurdles (won off a higher mark than this) who needed the run when making his belated chase debut. Still looked as though he had ability but was rather keen after a year off; entitled to come on for that start.
Showed improved form last spring/summer over fences scoring three times (twice around 2m). Handicapper rather got hold of him after his third victory (went into winter on a downturn). Has looked rather ring-rusty since; first run back from wind op.
His recent winning form over hurdles has come in selling company having formerly shown some decent form in a better grade in that sphere. Well below any of his recent hurdles form on his chasing debut recently, his jumping proving a worry.
Rather unconvincing/unreliable character who at least shaped as though he retained some ability at Aintree last time (played up at the start). Extremely well weighted on his old form but hard to know if he will repeat or even build on that last run.
Reappears from a long time off the track having been a decent chaser when last seen; winner of three handicaps back in 2016. Undergone wind surgery since he's been off (handicapper not dropped him) interesting to see what the market makes of him.
Hard to recommend from this far out of the handicap (22lb) with his recent form being very modest. Let down by his jumping last time and with little chance of gaining a first Rules victory here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: T D EasterbyJ: Mr W Easterby|
Tikkinthebox (11/8), Vancouver (11/4), Fago (11/2), Spring Steel (6/1), Lycidas (7/1), Bob's Call (66/1)
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