Friday 18 October 2019
Optimum Pay Group Handicap Chase
Class 5 | 3m 2y | Soft | 8 Runners | Turf
Off time: 16:56 | Winning time: 6m 36.8s
Have to go back to early 2017 to find the last time he got his head in front, disappointing in the main again last year and at the age of 11, clearly best days well behind him; this is easier, but no great record fresh, so others preferred.
Has ability but becoming hard to win with, and has spurned similar opportunities to this on more than one occasion; if it all clicks, he could take this, and any more rain probably a plus, but he comes with risk.
Possibly a lucky winner at Huntingdon on latest start, leader running out when going well, but that was at least another step in the right direction. May not want a lot more rain, and up another 5lb for that win, but is at least in good heart.
Form to date nothing much to write home about, but is at least unexposed and open to some improvement which is a possibility after a wind operation; not totally discounted, but it takes a leap of faith to get with him now.
Modest hurdle/chaser that's just 1-30 under all codes, stuck at it to finish a well-beaten fourth at Bangor in August but others make far more persuasive cases.
Veteran that's found a new lease of life on last two starts, jumped boldly and found plenty for pressure to hang on at Bangor on latest start; more rain the better his chance, and despite a 5lb rise, has less to prove than plenty of these.
Money poured in for him on debut here earlier in the month for the yard, went off odds-on but was already looking cooked when falling four out and he's clearly no star; potential remains for better but comes with plenty of risk now.
Rated just 44 and well-known for picking up prizemoney in novice chases that fall apart at the declaration stage, hence his career earnings of over £21,000 despite being winless in 57 starts; needs snookers, and lots of them.
Moores Novelty (3/1), Brigadier Bob (3/1), Carlo Rocks (7/2), Timcoda (6/1), Onurbike (13/2), Sonoftheking (9/1), Sigurd (16/1), Sussex Road (100/1)
- Brigadier Bob
- Moores Novelty