14:30 Hexham Sat 12 October 2019
Won a February Naas handicap hurdle (2m, good) for Joseph O'Brien before struggling over fences; changed hands last month for £9,500; narrowly beaten at odds of 50-1 on stable debut here over 2m4f (soft) last week; trip?
Won a Cork maiden hurdle (3m, heavy) for Noel Meade in April 2018; 0-9 over fences thereafter (occasionally let down by his jumping); moved on for £4,500 last month and is fitted with a tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination on debut for Tony Coyle.
Best served by a combination an extreme trip and heavy ground (a three-time winner at Ayr); ended the season poorly (PP) following a determined win at Catterick (3m1f+, soft); returns a fresh horse from a 210-day break.
Won his fair share of races on the Flat (4-32) despite being fairly lowly-rated; has made a decent start to life over hurdles - beat the Willie Mullins-trained Ego Des Mottes by 8L in a Galway maiden (2m5f, soft) last month; player.
Won here over fences (3m, good) from a mark of 130 in June 2017, but his form has steadily deteriorated ever since; particularly badly out of sorts last autumn (absent since, for 228-days).
Hit hard by the handicapper for winning a couple of moderate races over fences in late 2018 (at around 2m3f, Catterick and Sedgefield); has plenty to prove on seasonal reappearance back over hurdles (latter fact a shrewd move).
Strongest at this track for former trainer Ruth Jefferson but there's always been the suspicion he's been harshly handicapped overall - never more evident than when thrashed 18L by Glinger Flame (2m4f); second start for Nick Alexander.
Front-running mudlark who goes particularly well for Thomas Willmott; beat The Hollow Ginge by an unchallenged 6L in this race last year (off the same mark); must better her Perth comeback run - as was the case in 2018.
Staying chaser; had May's 3m5f Norfolk National (Fakenham) at his mercy when frustratingly falling at the final fence; harshly hit with an 8lb rise, so connections seek to exploit a lower hurdles mark instead; wears cheekpieces.
Hasn't run over hurdles since October 2017 (0-10, albeit with some fair C&D form); appreciates a test of stamina and soft ground, but is almost guaranteed to find others stronger on these unfavourable terms.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: Thomas Willmott|
Military Hill (3/1), Kings Eclipse (3/1), Rivabodiva (6/1), Eureu Du Boulay (13/2), Eviscerating (8/1), Ryedale Racer (10/1), Achill Road Boy (14/1), Too Many Chiefs (20/1), Heist (40/1), Stoneford (50/1)
- Military Hill
- Achill Road Boy
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