14:10 Chepstow Fri 11 October 2019
Off the mark at the sixth time of asking in a 2m5f maiden hurdle and after the summer off he returned by winning a 3m Southwell novice upped to 3m. Progressive now but this a big step up in class.
French chase winner (2m3½f, heavy) found a soft race on UK debut and duly won in a hack canter at Hexham (three ran). Hard to gauge him coming here but stable's form a plus and he wasn't far from this level over fences.
Bought for the princely sum of £200,000 after upsetting a Willie Mullins hotpot in a Navan bumper in March. That one beaten again since but nevertheless this looks a hot prospect for a respected yard.
Won at Kempton and Market Rasen last term before chasing home 155-rated Paul Nicholls inmate Getaway Trump in a valuable series final at Sandown. Useful sort could progress again this term.
Off the mark at the fifth time of asking over hurdles latest when winning a 2m4f contest at Perth on good ground. That form a far cry from what will be needed today however.
Completed a four-timer between May and July culminating in a smooth success at Stratford latest. Likes to front-run but making all in this deeper contest will be a tall order.
Worcester winner on debut last October subsequently finished second at Listed level at Cheltenham before faring best of the home team in third in the Champion Bumper at the festival. Exciting hurdles recruit is highly respected.
Wincanton maiden winner pitched in at the deep end and rather unsurprisingly struggled at Aintree last April. Remains a bright prospect however and had a wind-op over the summer during his absence.
Consistent sort rewarded with second hurdles success at Worcester last time out in novice company. Big step up in grade today so may struggle.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Thyme Hill (9/4), Fiddlerontheroof (4/1), Trevelyn's Corn (5/1), Harambe (11/2), Champagne Well (6/1), Some Day Soon (8/1), Echiquier (10/1), Diomede des Mottes (14/1), Ruthless Article (14/1), Win My Wings (20/1), Paint The Dream (33/1)
- Thyme Hill
- Champagne Well
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