12:55 Kempton Mon 11 November 2019
Displayed a determined attitude when making a winning chasing debut here (2m2f, good) three weeks ago, beating The Flying Sofa by ½L; 5lb higher with an additional 2½f to cover; broadly solid credentials.
Useful hurdler (122-rated); was somewhat of a disappointment when a beaten 5-2f on his chasing debut at Hexham (2m4f, soft); evidently is thought better than that bare form and no surprise if he fares better at this flatter track; worth risking?
Won three times over hurdles from February onward (2m4f-2m6f), including from a mark of 120 at Fontwell (good) in May; rather ponderous on chasing debut (finished an eased last of seven); stablemate of Crystal Lad.
Competed over fences for the first time in 18 months or so (0-6) when finishing fifth of eight to De Forgotten One at Stratford (2m6½f, soft) 11 days ago; is ever so slightly more appealing than his stablemate Gleno.
Hasn't done much racing since April 2018, so can be expected to improve for his recent chasing debut (here 2m2f) - finished three places and in excess of 10L behind the reopposing Celtic Joy; place claims with a clear round of fencing.
Made all, and had the run of the race when winning a small field maiden hurdle at Fakenham (2m4f, good to soft) last December; broadly consistent since; no reason why he shouldn't take to chasing, but may just need this race off a 215-day absence.
Uttoxeter maiden hurdle winner (2m4f, good); is yet to excel over fences (0-3), although did show a fraction more promise when beaten approximately 10L (fourth) by Vendredi Trios here (3m) three weeks ago; drops back in trip.
Black Sam Bellamy gelding who fetched £90,000 in December 2018 after finishing runner-up in Rathcannon maiden (3m, good); glimmers of ability over hurdles, and can hopefully kick on more positively now switched to fences; monitor only at present.
One of the more experienced chasers in this field despite his tender age of four; 8lb higher than when dead-heating with Salto Chisco at Bangor (2m1½f, good) in August; is possibly strongest over a shorter trip, so can be overlooked on that basis.
Last Year's Winner
Celtic Joy (9/4), Dorking Cock (5/1), Ballymountain Boy (6/1), Net De Treve (15/2), Kilbrew Boy (8/1), Crystal Lad (8/1), Sammy Bill (12/1), Gleno (14/1), Malangen (25/1)
- Dorking Cock
- Celtic Joy
- Ballymountain Boy
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