16:15 Newbury Thu 7 November 2019
Scorpion gelding; carries a 7lb penalty for his clearcut debut win at Southwell (1m7½f, good) in May; while the overall worth of that bare form is questionable, he was undoubtedly head and shoulders above his rivals.
Hooded Arcadio gelding (cost €45,000 as a 3yo); seventh foal; half-brother to the point/2m7f hurdle winner Ocean Venture; it's advisable to give any Harry Fry trained runner maximum respect in bumpers; market helpful.
Easy winner of a 3m maiden at Charlton Horethorne (good to soft) for Sophie Lacey; makes his rules/bumper debut for Dan Skelton in the colours of the Chelsea Thoroughbreds.
Made a promising debut (second) at Newton Abbot in May, and would probably have won but for veering right and unseating his rider inside the final furlong at Worcester (2m, good) on seasonal reappearance; arguably this is tougher.
Hooded Al Namix gelding (cost £70,000 as a 3yo); fourth foal; half-brother to the French hurdle winner Call Me Cash (2m3f); on paper certainly rates as one to consider for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden.
Half-brother to six winners, including the useful hurdler Gaspara (2m-2m3f); posted a solid debut at Chepstow, but his eagerness to go faster than his rider would've liked proved to be his undoing back there subsequently; risky.
Bollin Eric gelding (cost £9,000 as a juvenile); sixth foal; half-brother to the bumper and 2m-2m4f hurdle winner Legend Lady; will probably find a few of these rivals wiser and stronger.
Kept on when finishing 9L third to Gunsight Ridge in a 3m maiden at Loughrea (good) in May; has since joined Ben Pauling for £46,000; rules/bumper debut.
Schiaparelli gelding; 14-1 when finishing an outpaced fifth of 12 to Welsh Saint (Nicky Henderson) in a Warwick maiden bumper (2m, good) in March; off since and expected to fare better once eventually introduced to hurdles; not for today.
Creachadoir gelding (cost €68,000 as a 3yo); sent off 2-1f, but found to be clinically abnormal when a heavily eased last of 19 in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival (2m+, yielding); stablemate of Timberman.
Stablemate of Son Of Camas; joined Nicky Henderson for £87,000 in May after finishing runner-up to the Donnchadh Doyle-trained Kakamora in a 3m maiden point at Loughanmore (good); noteworthy that Nico De Boinville takes the mount.
Mahler gelding (cost €14,500 as a foal); second foal from an unraced dam who was a half-sister to the classy bumper/hurdle and chase winner Racing Demon; has undergone wind surgery ahead of racecourse debut; others are more likely.
Robin Des Champs filly (cost €90,000 as a 3yo); half-sister to five winners including Monbeg Charmer (2m4f-3m) and Tokay Dokey (2m); evidently is well thought of by her trainer to be taking on the geldings in a very competitive bumper.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Noel WilliamsJ: Thomas Garner|
Force Ten (7/2), Timberman (4/1), Cadzand (7/1), Aquila Sky (7/1), Son Of Camas (8/1), Major Dundee (10/1), Jovial Spirit (10/1), Carys' Commodity (11/1), Inawhilecrocodile (20/1), Numitor (25/1), Call Off The Dogs (33/1), Irolin Jack (40/1), Twominutes Turkish (50/1), Gastara (50/1)
- Son Of Camas
- Aquila Sky
- Force Ten
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