18:30 Southwell Tue 16 July 2019
Veteran who needed no second bidding to take advantage of the handicapper's generosity after a string of placed efforts to score at Hexham (2m) last time. Received a good positive ride; only 2lb higher but not the obvious type to score again.
Reasonable 2-6 record over C&D the last of those wins coming here in March off a 4lb lower mark. Can often do too much too soon (very free going) and ran in that manner when last seen over hurdles at Stratford; not the most reliable.
Not the force he once was but has been running consistently this year without winning breaking a run of five seconds last time with a third at Cartmel. Beaten by two much younger rivals there, the same fate could await him here.
Not hard to argue that he well handicapped on his old form but that fact is tempered by the long losing run he's on. Did take a step back in the right direction last time at Worcester when ridden with restraint; a repeat sees him go close.
Very lightly raced for this yard (has also had a wind op) having missed a chink of time before joining this stable. Looks to have needed his two starts since his wind op; modest performance last time over 5f further at Newton Abbot; hard to assess.
Produced a sound enough performance when returning from six month off to score at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) in May. Undoubtedly went backwards from that reappearance run last time (beaten some way out) at Market Rasen; not hard to have doubts.
At one time looked useful for Tom George but his quirks have got the better of him and he looks very much on the downgrade. Well held on his chasing debut (faced a stiff task) but doesn't make much appeal even in this lowly grade.
Ran well off a break when making all to win at Fakenham in December (2m) despite the second holding the door wide open; may well have been better than the bare form of his two defeats since. Can't be ruled out back from another absence.
Record has been rather diverse since he was revitalised to win at Worcester over hurdles in May. His one chase win since that victory saw him produce his best performance; below-par over hurdles last time he's still well handicapped over fences.
Last Year's Winner
Oliver's Gold (7/2), Little Stevie (4/1), Overtoujay (6/1), Gold Mountain (6/1), Un Beau Roman (7/1), Civil Unrest (7/1), By Rail (12/1), Deise Vu (16/1), Dexcite (20/1)
- Un Beau Roman
- Little Stevie
- Civil Unrest
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