13:50 Carlisle Thu 24 October 2019
Better known as a useful staying chaser he returns over hurdles after a significant absence. Even on this stiffer of the two hurdles tracks at this venue he's likely to find this test too sharp, others appeal more; should be sharper over fences.
£70,000 purchase as a 4yo after finishing third on his only Irish point-to-point last December. Withdrawn on intended Rules debut (unsuitable ground) at Warwick last April, now makes his Rules debut, likely to attract market interest.
€40,000 purchase as a 3yo, half-brother to three winners including fairly useful chaser Lord Fingal and fairly useful chaser Ballylifen, stays 3m. Interesting newcomer who has already had a wind op, unlikely to be ignored in the market.
Cost 150,000 after winning an Irish point-to-point on debut last December; followed up with a bumper win on Rules debut at Warwick in April. Bred to stay well so should appreciate this test on hurdling debut; looks a good prospect for the future.
Relatively well found in the market on his Ayr bumper debut last March but found that test coming too early (only showed inexperience). Given some time; related to a couple of decent hurdlers, not hard to imagine that there may be more to come.
Showed modest ability for his former yard (Alistair Whillans) in a solitary bumper/novice hurdle before joining this yard for his second start over hurdles (off a long absence). Offered very little (first-time hood); hard to see him getting involved.
Dual Irish point-to-point winner (2-2 in that sphere) who made an encouraging bumper debut at Sedgefield in March despite being beaten at odds-on. Not quite lived up to that form since; well beaten (46L) on hurdles debut at Kelso.
Last Year's Winner
|T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass|
Overthetop (4/7), Champagne Noir (7/2), Order Of Thistle (7/2), New Frontier (12/1), Boric (16/1), Theflickeringlight (22/1), Skiddaw Tara (25/1), Slade Storm (50/1), Donald Dux (100/1)
- Champagne Noir
- New Frontier
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