14:40 Aintree Sat 9 November 2019
Midlands National win (4m2f, heavy) in March is testimony to his reserves of stamina. 5lb higher here and returns from a break over hurdles. Has won when fresh, but this looks more like a launching pad for other targets.
Thorough stayer who arrives in cracking form after wins at both Sedgefield (3m3f, good) and Wetherby (3m, good to soft). Up 4lb for the latter, and in a stronger race. Soft ground a concern, but not ruled out.
Last win came almost a year ago in a Class 2 at Newbury (3m, soft), when 8lb lower. Returned from a summer break to be 3L third from this mark at Stratford (2m6f) last month. Should be thereabouts.
Won a Warwick maiden hurdle (2m5f, good) by 7L hard held in March. Returned from wind surgery to score again at Southwell (3m, soft) last month. Acquitted himself well in a Chepstow Grade 2 latest and looks a big player.
Dual novice hurdle winner at around 2m4f last season, including on soft. Just touched off on his reappearance at Market Rasen (front pair 15L clear) last month. Up 4lb but open to improvement and should be on the premises.
Won a Kelso handicap hurdle (2m6½f, good to soft) when 5lb lower in March, and added a Perth novices' hurdle in June. Soft ground no problem, but still has to fully prove himself over this trip. Flat track may help. Not ruled out.
Heavy ground bumper winner who scored over hurdles on soft at Plumpton in March (2m4½f), against her own sex. Not beaten far back there on her reappearance. Up 1lb for that, but remains unexposed and a contender here.
Multiple chase winner at around 3m (all on good ground) who is 0-7 over hurdles. Others make greater appeal.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Sam Twiston-Davies|
Diomede des Mottes (2/1), Rosy World (5/2), Skandiburg (10/3), Vive Le Roi (7/1), Jacks Last Hope (10/1), Bialco (20/1), Potters Corner (33/1), King Golan (40/1)
- Diomede des Mottes
- Vive Le Roi
- Rosy World
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