14:45 Kempton Sun 20 October 2019
Has improved with just about each and every start for Tom George, deservedly winning over hurdles at Newton Abbot (2m5½f, good to soft) a couple of months ago; doesn't necessarily face an easy task on chasing debut off a mark of 122.
Beaten at short odds on a couple of occasions over hurdles but rounded off last season taking a very winnable Plumpton maiden (2m, good) by 3¾L; carries plenty of weight on chasing/seasonal debut; stablemate of El Hageb Rose.
Seldom seen in competitive action since finishing fifth of 22 at Cheltenham in April 2018; has won over hurdles here (2m5f) in the past and could feasibly strip fitter for a recent run; best watched on chasing debut.
Raced freely on seasonal reappearance at Ludlow (2m4f, good); 0-3 over fences, and the jury is still very much out for deliberation over the larger obstacles; others preferred at this stage.
French import who is 2-3 since joining Paul Nicholls; made a fairly promising chasing debut when beating Vinnie The Hoddie by 2¼L over 2m at Wincanton (good to firm) 11 days ago; 6lb higher and can be fancied to kick on positively.
Eight-race maiden (0-6 over hurdles); stayed on at the same pace when finishing 3½L runner-up to The Accountant at Stratford (2m2f+, good to soft) a fortnight ago; sits 4lb higher for chasing debut; couldn't be discounted.
A regular at Kempton over hurdles (3,2,2), albeit soundly beaten by the free-going Locker Room Talk over 2m (good) in May; wouldn't appeal as an obvious type for the larger obstacles but is in safe hands with Alan King and Adrian Heskin.
Has shown only a limited amount of ability over hurdles for his doubly-represented trainer (also saddles The Flying Sofa); heavily eased when a remote second of three over 2m6f at Fontwell (novices' hurdle) in April; chasing debut.
Won a weak 2m maiden hurdle at Plumpton (good) in February 2018; 0-8 over the smaller obstacles since, showing very little during 2019; essentially difficult to consider as a realistic contender on chasing debut.
Last Year's Winner
|A Place Apart||4||10-8||6/1|
|T: G P CromwellJ: James Bowen|
Oleg (1/1), Ballon Onabudget (6/1), The Flying Sofa (7/1), Malangen (7/1), Celtic Joy (8/1), Ballymountain Boy (10/1), Tiffin Top (14/1), New Agenda (16/1), The Premier Celtic (20/1), El Hageb Rose (33/1)
- Celtic Joy
- Ballon Onabudget
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