14:10 Wincanton Thu 17 October 2019
64-rated Flat performer ran with credit on hurdles debut last month in finishing second at Plumpton. That form certainly entitles to him respect and a place looks a bare minimum now.
Good enough to contest Group Two and One races on final two starts in Germany although not quite up to that level. Sixth to top-drawer Fusil Raffles on hurdles bow and subsequently in Supreme Novices Hurdle. Ought to win this easily.
€110,000 3-y-o by Fame And Glory showed promise in both bumpers and finished second at Stratford when last seen in March. Tough ask vs Ecco but should be in the mix for a place,
17-race Flat maiden who has regressed at a rate of knots since leaving the care of Ed Walker (0-7 for James Bennett). Well behind Ban Shoof on hurdles debut at Plumpton.
20-race maiden had numerous trainers on the Flat but none of them could find a level of consistency. Not one to place a great deal of faith in.
This yard usually find the key eventually but Wind Surgery and a gelding operation made no difference latest as he made it two lasts in as many starts over hurdles.
Never a factor in two maiden hurdles at Newton Abbot and this moderate Flat performer is again easy to pass up.
Nicely bred mare a shade disappointing in hurdles bow last March but she ought to do better this winter and shouldn't be a back number in a race lacking strength in depth.
Newcomer by Aussie Rules is a half-sister to a 1m6f Flat/2m hurdle winner. Found a tough spot to start off here.
Last Year's Winner
Ecco (1/4), Fitzroy (4/1), Ban Shoof (11/2), Free (14/1), Princess T (33/1), Mood For Mischief (66/1), Phoenix Lightning (66/1), Shelfield (66/1), Top Beak (100/1)
- Ban Shoof
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