13:15 Sedgefield Thu 7 November 2019
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- 2m 3f 188y, Soft (Heavy in places)
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Didn't show a lot first two starts (ran out on one occasion) but much better on final start of last season when close second to a heavy odds-on favourite at Market Rasen; unexposed and if fit, could play a part.
Won a handicap on heavy ground here on heavy ground back in 2018, and is 4lb lower today, so clearly has his merits, but only seen out three times since that win and has shown little. Takes a leap of faith to get with him now.
His C&D effort from a couple of seasons would make him look well handicapped here if he could repeat it, but that is a big if; on plus side, return of some headgear may help, and would have badly needed run last month after long absence; risky.
Tends to front run, usually finds a few too good though, as a record of just two wins in 32 starts indicates; might ideally want better ground than this too, and overall plus points to her chance are thin on the ground.
Ran well on hurdles debut at Newcastle last year but that run starting to look something of a fluke, as he's never come anywhere near repeating it and looks regressive; drops back in trip here.
Awfully long time since he was last seen over hurdles, has had a few spins on the Flat this autumn but not shown a lot. Looks reasonably well handicapped at present though, and as he'll be fitter now, isn't totally written off.
Heavy ground winner at Carlisle from a 6lb lower mark back in March, so will handle conditions and will probably stay, but consistency not his strong point and he's not been seen out since April. Others preferred.
Good-sized mare that made all to win over C&D in March, looking like she had plenty in hand, but couldn't follow up and not seen since April. Early days with her though, and given liking for conditions, should be a player if fit after absence.
Dangerously well handicapped here on his Flat form and ran well after a break at Musselburgh (13f) last month; if he has come on for that effort, then you feel he has to go close from such a lowly mark here. Big player.
One win to show for her 36 efforts so far, but on the plus side, that did come over C&D (albeit back in 2017); may strip fitter for a recent outing but hard to make a solid case for, all the same.
Flat efforts nothing to write home about but was third off this mark over hurdles at Kelso last month, a run which would give him a chance if repeated here. Conditions fine and although risky, not discounted.
Four starts under Rules have seen him finish down the field twice and pulled up twice; hard to see where even this opening mark comes from, and although given a more realistic task here, it's not hard to look elsewhere for the winner.
Useful enough if you wind the clock back a few years but on the downgrade now, rated just 66, and hard to fancy his chances from well out of the handicap here.
Rapidly in decline and rated just 58; no chance from so far out of the handicap here, and not seen out since April.
Last Year's Winner
Starplex (11/10), L'attendue (8/1), Calliope (8/1), Excalibur (9/1), Moon Rua (11/1), Likeamonkey (14/1), Wind Of Hope (22/1), Perseid (25/1), Strait Run (25/1), Louloumills (28/1), Drums Of War (28/1), Luvly Boy Blue (40/1), Ruler Of The Nile (100/1), Rapid Fritz (250/1)
- Wind Of Hope
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