15:40 Newbury Thu 7 November 2019
5lb higher than when winning a small field mares' chase (Class 3) at Leicester (2m4f, good) in February; largely consistent thereafter until struggling in the Perth Gold Cup (3m) in June.
Frustrating until coming good in no uncertain manner at Kempton (2m4½f, good to soft) in March - beat Onefortheroadtom by 6L; the handicapper has had his say since; soundly beaten (lost a shoe) on seasonal reappearance at Perth.
Won twice during his first season over fences, admittedly at odds of 1-10f at Ludlow (2m4f, good) in March; still has work to do in order to brush up his fencing technique, but isn't necessarily punitively weighted from a mark of 135.
Four times a winner in France (hurdles and fences) with cut underfoot prior to joining Dr Richard Newland; was always just held when runner-up to Azzerti at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in December, with that rival progressing more since.
7lb higher than when landing a Class 3 Haydock handicap chase (2m3f, good) by 11L in May; requires a career best performance in order to make a winning seasonal reappearance; others thought more probable candidates.
Capable at or around 2m4f (on good/good to soft ground) until gradually losing his way for Nigel Twiston-Davies - simply became a shade too high in the weights; should revive eventually for Jonjo O'Neill; fitter for his comeback run?
A short odds winner over hurdles at Taunton (2m3f, good) in January, but hasn't won over the larger obstacles for the best part of two years; few obvious excuses in the Bobby Renton (fifth) at Wetherby three weeks ago.
January Wincanton scorer (2m4f, good); soundly beaten (third of five) by Huntsman Son over C&D in March & didn't exactly set the world alight in the Red Rum Handicap Chase (2m) at Aintree either; vulnerable on first start for 194 days; wind surgery.
Progressed after making a winning chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m5f, soft), posting some fair form lines over fences at this track (Class 3, 2m4f-2m7½f); returns from wind surgery and a 201-day absence for an in-form trainer; chance.
Steadily improving over fences (1-2) when last in competitive action (late 2018); 7lb higher than when comfortably accounting for the now 138-rated Brelan D'As at Hereford (2m, good); stamina reserves/well-being arguably both a slight concern.
Former French racer (2-10 for Emmanuel Clayeux); didn't appear to quite stay the 3m+ trip on UK/stable debut at Kempton in May; switches to fences and sports a tongue-tie on his second start for Sean Curran.
Last Year's Winner
|Siruh Du Lac||5||11-0||7/1|
|T: Nick WilliamsJ: Lizzie Kelly|
Amoola Gold (4/1), Dustin Des Mottes (5/1), Molineaux (6/1), Air Navigator (6/1), Azzerti (8/1), Chef D'Equipe (10/1), Forth Bridge (10/1), Barton Knoll (14/1), Templehills (16/1), Got Away (20/1), Domaine De L'Isle (50/1)
- Air Navigator
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