13:40 Southwell Thu 24 October 2019
- 8th November 30th Anniversary Dinner Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4)
- 1m 7f 153y, Good to Soft (Good in places)
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Beaten 24L when finishing fifth in a hurdle over an extended 2m5f at Wetherby (good) on handicap debut in April. Probably best watched down in trip on seasonal and chase debut.
Broke her maiden at the 11th time of asking when winning by a head over an extended 2m2f in a handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot (good-to-soft) in May. Interesting off a 6lb higher mark on debut over fences.
Well held when falling in a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m4f on soft ground here at the start of this month. Returning from a break that day and is worth a check in the market on chase debut.
Good second in a 2m handicap on the Flat at Ripon (good) on his penultimate start. Struggled in a better contest at York (good) last month and is an interesting runner on his return to chasing.
11 race maiden under Rules but ran well to finish 5L second in a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m4f here back in March. Changed stables since and wears a tongue tie for the first time on return to fences.
Broke his maiden at the 25th attempt when winning a novices' handicap chase at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) in July. Finished a close third in a small field at Sedgefield (good) last time out and is one for the shortlist once more.
Well beaten in two starts over fences since returning from a break and looks up against off a mark 2lb higher than when winning over an extended 2m at Huntingdon (good) in March.
14 race maiden had wind surgery prior to finishing 29L 11th in a big field 2m handicap hurdle at Worcester in August. More needed on debut over fences.
Pulled up on final two starts for previous yard most recently in first time cheekpieces (absent here) in a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m5f at Fontwell (good) in April. Worth a check in the market on chase and stable debut.
Dropping markedly in distance having pulled up in a handicap chase over an extended 2m7f at Huntingdon (good) recently. Seeking a first victory in over two years and races from out of the handicap.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Tim VaughanJ: Alan Johns|
Battleofthesomme (4/1), Midnight Jitterbug (5/1), Mac Cennetig (6/1), Snowy Oscar (6/1), Torrent Des Mottes (13/2), Pardon Me (15/2), Clondaw Storm (10/1), Buyer Beware (10/1), Just Call Me Al (12/1), The Dawn Man (16/1), American Craftsman (25/1), The Society Man (66/1)
- Mac Cennetig
- Snowy Oscar
- Pardon Me
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