15:15 Huntingdon Tue 15 October 2019
First start for new yard, formerly trained in Ireland with Joseph O'Brien and on the plus side, already has a chase win to his name; however, this mark looks plenty high enough and he might not want a lot more rain either.
Looked potentially classy when taking a couple of novice hurdles back in 2016, had problems since though and not seen since March of last year; potentially thrown in off this mark on chasing debut and despite absence, has to be considered.
Did well last year, winning a novice hurdle at Doncaster over this trip and placed numerous other times; bred to make a good chaser and no issue if the ground gets a bit softer either, so if fit after absence, looks a big player.
Twice got her head in front over hurdles but was disqualified on the latter of her wins (rider weighed in light); has the scope for fences this term and with a top yard, won't mind any further rain, and is one for the shortlist.
Twice a winner over hurdles last year, although didn't look to have a lot in hand when winning off 5lb lower at Uttoxeter and was disappointing on final start; should make a chaser but starts off this year with a couple of question marks.
Won a 3m handicap hurdle at Ludlow off a 7lb lower mark last year, most disappointing when made a hot favourite at Worcester on chase debut last time, a bad mistake late on not helping; clear round may see him get closer, but a little to prove now.
Winner here last season when taking a 2m hurdle with a bit in hand, still looking green; behind Renwick at Uttoxeter on final start but was doing some good late work, and has the scope to be a chaser; chance not dismissed.
Placed in a couple of novice hurdles last year but went backwards after that and looked regressive; possible that catching him fresh is the key, and has the size for chasing, so not totally dismissed, but others make stronger cases.
Caused a bit of a surprise when winning a Uttoxeter novice hurdle last June, but showed it was no fluke when running better again at Southwell on final start; has a point-to-point win to his name, and could easily have a say in the finish here.
Progressive at a low level last year, winning a couple of small handicaps at Southwell and Market Rasen, but did run well below that form afterwards; will need more to defeat some potentially smart sorts on chase debut today.
Has plenty of chase experience under his belt already, placed in a couple of chase starts at a decent level but not seen out since March of 2018 and although the handicapper has given him a chance if fit, others make a bit more appeal.
Has shown some ability in four starts for this yard, tried to make all at Worcester on final start but run out of it late; connections wasting little time in getting her over a fence and not inconceivable she could do better again this year.
Gave the classy Le Breuil a scare in a match here last year but never recaptured that form afterwards, although has run a lot better last two starts; might be better off in an easier race but could give a good account over fences he jumped for fun.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C J MannJ: Sam Twiston-Davies|
Renwick (4/1), Definitelyanoscar (9/2), Charlemar (11/2), Manning Estate (11/2), Shanty Alley (9/1), Rebel Royal (11/1), Bad Boy Du Pouldu (14/1), Commandant (16/1), Lively Article (16/1), Real Warrior (20/1), Supakalanistic (20/1), Vue Cavaliere (50/1), Oregon Gold (50/1)
- Lively Article
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