13:50 Sedgefield Thu 7 November 2019
Rated 73 on the Flat when winning a 2m handicap on the Flat at Musselburgh last month, so obviously has some ability; this isn't the toughest of contests and although he may want further in time, chances here if jumping fluently.
Only had the four starts and improved plenty for a step up in trip on the last of them at Catterick, although to put that into context, he finished third off a mark of 46; may do better for hurdles but a tough looking task here.
No great shakes on the Flat, rated just 45, and did little to think he's going to be much better over hurdles when a well beaten sixth here last month; tongue-tie tried now, but it needs to spark huge improvement.
Yet to so much as hit the places in ten starts under all codes but there was at least a modicum of ability shown in his hurdles debut at Wetherby last month, weakening late; needs to finish off better to have a chance of the places here.
Put in a much improved performance to make all the running at Catterick on the flat last month (rated 52), headgear seemingly doing the trick; visor swapped for cheekpieces now, related to winning hurdler Always Resolute, and must have chances here.
Did win over 10f at Ayr in the summer, so ought to have the requisite stamina for hurdling, but that was on much quicker ground and there wasn't a lot to shout about on his hurdles debut at Wetherby last month. Watching brief advised at present.
Half-brother to staying handicapper Dew Pond; barely beat a horse home in five starts on the Flat and the switch to hurdles looks more in hope than anything;
Rated just 52 on the Flat and has already had a couple of hurdles starts, finishing second over C&D last time out but beaten 32l in the process; likelihood is he needs to improve a little here, and others preferred for win purposes.
Low grade on the flat (rated just 45), ran okay at Fakenham on hurdles debut, although well beaten at the death; needs more here but yard still having winners, and she can't be totally discounted if improving for that experience.
Not up to much on the Flat but hurdles debut behind the useful Nordano at Chepstow last month was an awful lot better, stayed on nicely late; repeat of that alone would give her chances, and she may well improve on it. Looks one to be interested in.
Last Year's Winner
Beechwood Jude (5/4), Soft Summer Rain (3/1), Tabou Beach Boy (5/1), Juals Spirit (15/2), Gordalan (11/1), Neileta (40/1), Fasterkhani (50/1), Rent's Dew (66/1), Geyser (80/1), George Hastings (150/1)
- Soft Summer Rain
- Beechwood Jude
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