15:15 Hexham Fri 8 November 2019
Mudlark (and a C&D winner); returns to action from a 571-day absence (in-form trainer successfully brought Jonniesofa back from an even longer break last week); 2lb higher than when winning at Ayr (3m, soft) in March 2018.
Has risen steadily in the weights since winning back-to-back 3m races during May (Warwick and Perth); still in fine fettle though following a career best second at Wincanton (3m1f, good) three weeks ago; heavy ground is a concern.
Rattled off a hat-trick at around this trip in soft ground early in 2018 (Kelso, Ayr and Carlisle), but recent efforts not so good; still early days post wind surgery (second start); worryingly for an 11yo is 0-8 over fences.
Won three-times in France, including over hurdles (Pau) and fences (Pau/Auteuil); took a heavy fall when bang-in-contention over C&D in May (good to soft); is handily weighted and could strip fitter for a recent run; chance.
Fired blanks over hurdles (0-10), although did run well at massive odds at Carlisle (3m1f, good to soft) in February; made a couple of mistakes when fourth of 12 on chasing debut at Warwick (3m) in April; now 3lb lower.
Difficult to win with (1-14 over fences); now rated 13lb lower than when finishing 3L second to The Horsechesnut over C&D (heavy) in March; largely poor since, but such is the fine form of the Russell yard one couldn't totally dismiss.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Tristan DavidsonJ: Thomas Dowson|
Arizona Bound (9/4), The Boola Bee (10/3), Mid Day Gun (4/1), Letemgo (5/1), Square Viviani (11/2), Smuggler's Stash (11/1)
- Square Viviani
- The Boola Bee
- Smuggler's Stash
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