15:05 Kelso Sat 9 November 2019
Good form in bumpers/over hurdles for his former yard in 2016 before being off for two seasons. Form since returning for this yard has been rather hit-and-miss; now eased in the handicap back from a further absence; wears a first-time tongue-tie.
Bumper winner this time last year coping well with the testing conditions; has shown that he does have the scope to win in handicaps (still unexposed). Easily excused his below-par run when last seen (came home lame); market a useful guide.
Made steady progress last year over hurdles although he didn't need to improve when taking a Hexham novice (2m4f, heavy) when last seen. Had wind surgery since that victory, returns from an absence to make his handicap debut off a workable mark.
Useful form in bumpers but connections seemingly not hanging around over hurdles making a foray into handicaps as soon as possible. Given too much to do over 2m here last time, longer trip/change to this sphere makes him of interest; progress likely.
A career record of 0-15 (0-12, hurdles) rings some alarm bells although on occasions she has gone close to breaking that sequence. Ran one of her better races when last seen at Hexham (2m, heavy); chances are she will find a few too good again.
Losing run now stretches back over two years and he faces some progressive types in this. Out of sorts after a wind op when last seen in the spring the handicapper has cut him some slack but there may be more rope needed yet.
Successful on his sole Irish point-to-point start he made a promising start to his Rules career when second in a heavy ground bumper here. Yet to totally convince about his right trip in handicaps he remains unexposed and probably on a decent mark.
Third on his hurdle/stable/GB debut he offered something to work on but has regressed since then. Very little to enthuse about in his comeback run after six months off at Carlisle last time (pulled up); needs to show more to be of interest.
Yet to win in any discipline he has the air of one who is bubbling under over hurdles at least especially with his yard in form. However his recent Flat performances have cast some doubts on his ability; may be best watched for now.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N G RichardsJ: Danny McMenamin|
Highway Companion (11/4), Spirit Of Kayf (4/1), Hitman Fred (9/2), Bally Conor (5/1), Quids In (8/1), Toi Storey (10/1), Paper Roses (12/1), Put The Law On You (20/1), Mahler Supreme (33/1)
- Highway Companion
- Hitman Fred
- Paper Roses
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