15:20 Stratford Mon 7 October 2019
Good second in a small field 3m2f handicap hurdle at Fontwell (soft) in March. Outclassed in a Grade 3 handicap at Aintree (3m, good) the following month and races off a mark 21lb higher than when taking this race 12 months ago.
Well held 14th in a 21 runner Grade 3 handicap at Aintree (good) over an extended 3m in April. Making his seasonal reappearance off a mark 4lb higher than for his most recent victory.
Some fair efforts over fences last season but pulled up in first time blinkers (absent here) at Exeter (2m3f, good) on his final start of the campaign. Worth a check in the market on return to hurdling.
Good third in a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m7f at Uttoxeter (good) in February. Disappointed in two subsequent starts last campaign and is worth a check in the market on seasonal debut.
Ran well to finish 11L fifth behind subsequent dual Grade 1 winner Paisley Park at Aintree (2m4f, good) last October. Absent since however but is interesting having won over C&D in the past.
Successful twice over hurdles including by 7L at Kempton (2m5f, good) in May. Changed yards since a slightly disappointed effort at Aintree later that month and races off a mark 11lb higher than for that Kempton victory.
Failed to finish in two starts since winning by 11L over an extended 2m3f at Bangor (soft) in March. Probably best watched having unseated rider at the first on recent seasonal debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft).
Bidding to complete a hat-trick when finishing a neck second in a three runner handicap hurdle at Kempton (2m5f, good-to-firm) in April. Has won over further in the past and is of interest on seasonal reappearance.
Last Year's Winner
|Vive Le Roi||7||10-9||7/2|
|T: A W CarrollJ: Harry Bannister|
Gunfleet (5/2), Neverbeen To Paris (5/1), Boreham Bill (6/1), Black Buble (7/1), Dr Des (8/1), Vive Le Roi (17/2), Eaton Hill (9/1), Copper Gone West (11/1)
- Neverbeen To Paris
- Eaton Hill
- Black Buble
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