13:15 Sandown Sun 10 November 2019
- Virgin Bet Follow Us On Twitter Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3)
- 2m 4f 10y, Soft (Good to Soft in Places)
- 8 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Quietly progressive over hurdles in the spring, and found a bit more when second of 16 to Flash The Steel in Silver Trophy at Chepstow last month. Placed in point-to-points before that, and the sort to make a useful chaser on looks. Respected,
Not won since debut, including in three chase runs for this yard, and while he ran his best race when second of 5 to Timoteo in a novice handicap at Kempton in March, he found less than looked likely, and has had another breathing operation since.
Won a novice hurdle at Taunton in February, and improved when second of 10 to Duke Street in handicap at Worcester in September. On the upgrade, and one to consider making a swift switch of discipline.
Good fourth in the EBF Final here last year, but not sighted since winning at Fontwell in April 2018. Changed ownership for £110,000 the following month, and has the physique to make a better chaser.
Won a 2m1f maiden hurdle at Exeter in January, and ran at least as well in three subsequent starts, albeit beaten at odds-on last time. Seemed to stay when tried at this trip before, but that came in a 3-finisher race.
Won a maiden hurdle at Plumpton in April, and looked a fair chasing prospect when ½L second of 9 to Celtic Joy in novice handicap at Kempton on chasing debut. Best efforts on a sound surface, but claims if he can build on that on softer ground.
Won a maiden hurdle last spring, but proved a little disappointing in handicaps last season. May do better now switching to fences after a break, but others more convincing.
Won a Sligo maiden hurdle for Joseph O'Brien, and runner-up at Clonmel in May. Second in a point, so reason to believe she'll take to fences for new yard, but improvement needed all the same.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson|
Champagne Court (13/8), At Its Own Expense (9/2), The Flying Sofa (11/2), Chambard (8/1), Canelo (8/1), Envoye Special (9/1), Lungarno Palace (10/1), Little Light (20/1), The Cannister Man (28/1)
- Champagne Court
- At Its Own Expense
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