13:30 Kempton Mon 11 November 2019
Joined Colin Tizzard for €75,000 in May; gamely fended off Flic Ou Voyou when making a winning rules debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last month - that form looks strong, franked by Proschema (third) and Harry Senior (fourth) since.
Contested a competitive Newbury bumper (fourth) on his second start before raising his game further to score on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m3f, good) in May, beating Bbold by 5L; should continue to progress for Nicky Henderson.
Dubai Destination gelding; half-brother to the 2m3f chase winner Inch Lala; purchased by current connections for £70,000 in April after winning a 3m maiden for Liam Kenny at Ballyragget (soft); rules/hurdles debut.
Bang in contention when falling at the final fence on his second point start at Ballinaboola (3m, good to yielding); returns to action on rules/hurdles debut for new connections off a 281-day absence; worthy of a market check.
Joined Paul Nicholls for £190,000 in November 2018 after finishing second on debut in a 4yo maiden at Dromahane (winner modest with the benefit of hindsight); 33-1 when soundly beaten in a competitive race on hurdles debut at Aintree (2m4f, soft).
Raced prominently in both of his point-to-point starts for Richard Black, winning a 3m maiden at Inchydoney (good); has since switched to the care of Alan King for £60,000; rules/hurdles debut.
Won once in ten starts on the Flat (Bath, 1m6f, good to firm); ticks plenty of the required boxes for a career over hurdles, although may ultimately come into his own once sent handicapping; can't really be expected to figure positively.
Runner-up to the Fergal O'Brien-trained Coolanly in a Chepstow bumper (2m, good to soft) in October 2017; his career has been punctuated by a couple of lengthy absence since and equally he hasn't really looked the part over hurdles; safely ignored.
Productive on the AW during September, winning here at Kempton (1m4f) and at Chelmsford (1m6f); should take to hurdling, as his half-brother Captain Peacock was a winner over 2m3f, albeit this opposition looks to be fairly testing on paper.
Often placed during a six-race point-to-point career for R.J.McGrath; 66-1 when a comfortably held fifth on rules/hurdles/stable debut at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) 19 days ago; is similarly in very deep here; other more realistic targets lie ahead.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson|
Versatility (7/4), Ofalltheginjoints (5/2), Grey Getaway (4/1), Hacksaw Ridge (8/1), Boss Man Fred (9/1), Joyrider (33/1), Spice War (40/1), Horatio Star (40/1), Clondaw Promise (50/1), Vital Sign (100/1)
- Boss Man Fred
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