16:45 Plumpton Sun 22 September 2019
Hurdles maiden (0-5) who fared best when fourth in a Taunton novice (2m½f, good) last December; champion jockey Richard Johnson is aboard on chasing debut; first competitive start for 149 days.
Just failed when beaten a neck by Light Gunner on his final hurdles start at Fontwell (2m1½f, good) in May; has posted a couple of fair efforts over fences to date (2m1f-2m5½f); is certainly in with a shout for local trainer Gary Moore.
Deservedly made it 14th-time lucky over fences at Worcester (2m4f, good) last month, winning with plenty in hand; is prone to running in snatches but an 8lb rise looks manageable in light of his previous chasing exploits in 2018.
Failed to make a positive impression over hurdles (0-6), regressing through the early months of the calendar year; heads beyond 2m for the first-time on chasing debut (from a 176-day absence); either of those factors could unlock some improvement.
Dual course winner (over hurdles); hasn't cut the mustard over fences to date (0-3), unseating Bryony Frost at the first at Fontwell 31 days ago; sits on a very workable mark assuming that he can get his act together over the larger obstacles.
Took a step forward from his seasonal reappearance run at Fontwell when finishing runner-up at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good to soft), yet was still beaten 15L by Findusatgorcombe; more required in newly applied cheekpieces (accompany a tongue-tie).
Sole win over hurdles came here at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) in March; essentially only moderate since (0-5) and with that in mind alongside his pedigree, is basically difficult to fancy on chasing debut.
Demonstrated no ability whatsoever over hurdles (0-4), so you'd be taking a mighty chance if electing to invest your hard earned cash on this four-year-old chasing debutant; half-brother to the northern handicappers Runswick Royal and Nuts Well.
Last Year's Winner
|Eric The Third||9||11-12||5/2|
|T: Tim VaughanJ: Alan Johns|
Torhousemuir (7/2), Goldslinger (7/2), Enforcement (9/2), Taaffes Castle (5/1), Gaelic Poet (5/1), Agent Westy (12/1), Shimba Hills (12/1), Noble Saffron (20/1)
- Gaelic Poet
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