15:50 Kempton Mon 11 November 2019
5-19 career (with all of those wins coming since May); 8lb higher than when beating Nefyn Bay by 3L at Ludlow (2m, good) on his penultimate start.
Scrambled home from Gunnery (Nicky Henderson) in a 2m1f maiden hurdle at Bangor (good) in June; sits high enough in the weights for what he has actually achieved in handicap company; stablemate of First Quest.
Has shown improved form since joining the Grand National winning trainer Dr Richard Newland, winning 2m novice contests at Stratford and Perth; eased 5lb since his handicap debut ninth of 12 to Sebastopol (Wincanton).
Maiden (0-6); weakened from the second last when finishing third of eight to Thegallantway (odds-on favourite unseated his rider at the first) at Exeter (2m2½f, good) 32 days ago; is allocated an opening handicap mark of 115.
Flat and hurdles winner for former handler Jim Boyle; claimed for £5,000 after finishing 3L second to Skeaping at Stratford (2m seller, soft) 23 days ago; sports cheekpieces on debut for Neil Mulholland (also saddles Dream Machine).
Raced sparingly on the Flat in 2019 (was placed over 1m6f at Nottingham in August); hasn't raced over obstacles since winning at Bangor (2m7f, good to soft) in June 2017 - 886 days ago.
Won a pair of French bumpers for Alain Couetil earlier in his racing career (Pornichet-La Baule and Maisons-Laffitte); still without a win in ten starts for David Pipe, including on the Flat and over hurdles; easing in the weights.
Now 12lb higher than when winning at Worcester (2m, good) in August, rather harshly raised 5lb for being short-headed by Percy Thrower at Southwell (1m7½f, soft) 18 days ago; fair chance with the excellent Tom Buckley claiming 6lb.
French Flat winner (1m6½f Clairefontaine); the best of his six starts over hurdles came when beaten 2L by the Alan King-trained Praeceps in a 2m½f juvenile contest at Market Rasen (good to soft) in February; others are more reliable.
Eight-race Flat maiden (58-rated); has acquitted himself reasonably well over hurdles to date (32); could make no impression on the easy winner Nordano in a 2m juvenile contest at Chepstow (soft) latest; makes his handicap debut.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss E C LavelleJ: Patrick Cowley|
Catch The Cuban (4/1), First Quest (9/2), Purple King (5/1), Dream Machine (11/2), Global Tour (6/1), Dariya (11/1), Honorable (12/1), Be My Sea (14/1), Mantovani (16/1), Ekayburg (25/1)
- Purple King
- Global Tour
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