14:05 Newbury Thu 7 November 2019
Grade 2 winning hurdler (140-rated); fenced perfectly proficiently on chasing debut at Wetherby (2m3½f, good to soft) three weeks ago, but ultimately out-speeded from the final fence by the very classy Sam Spinner.
Proved himself to be a top-notch hurdler last season by winning the Grade 1 Challow (here) and the Sefton (Aintree), also runner-up to City Island in the 2m5f Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival (soft); more to come now sent chasing?
Front-runner who improved at a rate of knot over hurdles from the turn of the year, winning four on the bounce (Chepstow, Ascot, Newbury and Cheltenham); scaled new heights in a Class 2 novices' hurdle (2m4f) latest; chasing debut.
Bumper (Fontwell) and hurdles winner (Hereford), although that latest success came in a Class 4 novices' contest (3m2f, good to soft); set a very stiff task on seasonal reappearance/chasing debut; expected to struggle accordingly.
Beat Casa Tall by 3½L when winning a Class 3 handicap hurdle from a mark of 131 at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in February; that kind of form leaves him short of the very demanding benchmark set by the Grade 1 winner Champ; chasing debut.
145-rated hurdler (2-3); injured after slithering on landing at the fourth last (travelling smoothly at the time) on chasing debut at Ludlow (3m, soft) last December; off since, but very highly regarded by his trainer Kim Bailey; low mileage.
Last Year's Winner
|La Bague Au Roi||7||10-12||15/8|
|T: W GreatrexJ: R Johnson|
Champ (8/13), Dashel Drasher (4/1), Beakstown (13/2), Red River (14/1), Highest Sun (16/1), Fontsanta (40/1)
- Red River
- Dashel Drasher
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