15:50 Southwell Sun 18 August 2019
Veteran holding his form well and has won two of his last four starts, at Wetherby and Worcester. Raised 3lb following latest second at Uttoxeter but has had seven-week break and represents top team so should go well.
Favourite for each of his last five races, winning twice. Hit the target last time when staying on dourly at Stratford over 3m2f off 3lb lower mark and still looks competitively weighted with top young rider's 3lb allowance taken into account.
Won this race in 2017 off 11lb higher mark. Having fourth run here since six-month break and ran creditably last time when third at Market Rasen off 1lb higher suggesting he may be on the way back.
Landed Wetherby 2m5f h'cap hurdle off 11lb lower mark and good second both starts since. Won over this trip at Musselburgh last season but steps up in grade and will need career best to win off this mark.
Goes well here and is on a hat-trick after two wins here in 3m h'cap chases last month. Attempting to build on top form and exploit lower mark over timber and every chance he will give another good account of himself at a track that suits.
Last Year's Winner
|The Devils Drop||5||11-12||4/5|
|T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson|
Mr Mafia (15/8), Young Wolf (2/1), Alfie's Choice (4/1), Jacks Last Hope (5/1), Morraman (11/2), Theatrebar (7/1)
- Mr Mafia
- Jacks Last Hope
- Young Wolf
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