13:55 Kelso Sat 9 November 2019
Has quite an enviable career record 5-15 although just one of those wins has come over fences and he's yet to score in a handicap in this sphere. Unexposed still over fences (scored off this mark over hurdles); does need to brush up his jumping.
Pulled up on his last two chase stats (could well be the reason for a second wind op) this dual course winner returns with something to prove. Will find this easier than his most recent starts (1lb above last winning mark); will come on for the run.
Yet to win over fences (0-5) but despite not completing in his last three starts he's still shown ability in this discipline. Those non-completions are a black mark against him though and he'll be best watched until showing he can jump more fluently.
Course winner over further on his first run back from a wind op in May cruising clear off a mark of 114. Surprisingly failed to really build on that run since often flattering to deceive; bad mistake ended his chance last time; comes with baggage.
Dual course winner (once over fences) who returns having run a very useful race in a better contest than this at Ayr (2m, soft). Has run well when fresh before so the absence isn't a concern; he handles this ground and looks well handicapped.
C&D winner who had his ideal conditions (soft/heavy ground; 2m4f trip) when scoring at Ayr in March 2018; only seen once since then (turned in a rusty display). Returns off a significant absence again, suspicion is that he'll need the run.
Winner at Sedgefield earlier in the year off a 5lb lower mark; returned there recently to produce another good performance (just failed to reel in a runaway leader). Off the same mark here so has potential to go one better with the yard in top form.
Looks the more-fancied runner of the two from this yard; given a simple task when winning over C&D in January (favourite fell early). Consistent enough since then in this sphere; could probably do with a stiffer test of stamina than he'll get here.
Appreciated the respite from the handicapper when scoring at Carlisle in March (2m4f, well supported, kept errors to a minimum). Shaped well on return over the same C&D against one who was well-in/from a yard in good form; in the mix off same mark.
Continued below form last time returning from a break having not really lived up to the form of his Hexham (2m4f, soft) win last December. Made a bad mistake last time and hard to make a case for given how competitive this race is.
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|T: C J MannJ: Harry Bannister|
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