13:30 Newbury Thu 7 November 2019
Has shown only moderate form to date (in bumpers and over hurdles); 40-1 when a weakening fifth of 11 to Ballinsker at Ludlow (2m, good) a fortnight ago; others more appealing.
Completed for the first time in point-to-points when narrowly beaten in a 3m maiden at Fairyhouse (yielding) in April; has since joined Gary Moore for £36,000; hooded for hurdles/rules debut.
A three-time winner on the Flat (AW); ran to a reasonable level on hurdles debut over C&D in March, but much less aesthetically pleasing thereafter (at Stratford); is expected to struggle.
Southwell bumper winner (1m7½f, soft) for Lydia Pearce in February 2018 (beat the 127-rated Dominateur by 5L); only fourth next time at Warwick, albeit that was a career best performance on the figures; with Colin Tizzard for hurdles debut.
Cost £78,000 out of the Irish point-to-point scene; 33-1 and ran green before staying on strongly from off the pace when a close third in a Chepstow bumper (2m, soft); connections waste no time switching to hurdles; of interest.
Bred for chasing, so one to keep an eye upon with the longer term in mind; embarks on a hurdles campaign following an improved performance on his third and final bumper start at Chepstow (2m, good) in April; others preferred.
A maiden winner on the Flat (1m4f AW) for Alan King in August 2016; returned from a lengthy absence to run a mighty race on hurdles debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) - was booked for second when falling at the last.
Mount Nelson gelding who carries the Royal silks; possibly wasn't suited by a slowly run race at Worcester (2m bumper) in June (burst a blood vessel); heads over hurdles for Nicky Henderson in a competitive looking affair; early days.
Only modest on the Flat (68-rated) but is clearly versatile in terms of underfoot conditions - a winner on firm and very soft; pitched in deep on hurdles debut; safer to look elsewhere for the solution.
Bought for £60,000 in May 2018; off the mark at the second attempt in bumpers when winning with relative ease at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft) in January; that form is fair; makes his hurdles debut post wind surgery.
Last Year's Winner
|Ecu De La Noverie||4||10-12||33/1|
|T: P J HobbsJ: Mr D Maxwell|
Katahdin (11/8), Sir Valentine (4/1), Kilbrook (5/1), Steal A March (11/2), Young Lieutenant (8/1), Graceful James (33/1), First Revolution (40/1), Banana Joe (40/1), Uther Pendragon (50/1), Silver Nickel (80/1)
- Sir Valentine
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