12:30 Sedgefield Thu 14 November 2019
Ended last season on an upward curve with form figures in Feb & Mar reading (112); raced enthusiastically until weakening out of contention (eighth of 14) behind a well backed winner on seasonal reappearance at Kelso (2m, good/soft); can do better.
4lb higher than when beating Minella Fiveo by a head at Hexham (2m, good) last November; her race-fitness must be taken solely on trust returning from a 323-day absence (last seen at Wetherby on Boxing Day); others preferred in a weak race.
Both wins have come over C&D (soft 'ish'), including readily (by 5L) from a 7lb lower mark; ran some reasonable races on the Flat during the summer; needs a career best but could improve for wind surgery; stablemate of Oceanus.
Kept on from the rear to force a shared place in the frame at Cartmel (2m1f, good) in June; below that level of form since and this six-race hurdles maiden is broadly unappealing as a result; stablemate of Millie The Minx.
Has beaten only a handful of rivals home in four starts over hurdles (all here, 2m1f-2m4f); no reason whatsoever to expect better on handicap debut; look elsewhere with confidence.
Veteran; enjoyed a new lease of life during the early months of the year, winning at the 43rd attempt (Wetherby) before following up over C&D a few starts later; 5lb above that last winning mark; does he still have the legs after a six-month break?
Has shown poor form over hurdles (0-4) and looks to be fairly devoid of ability; may fare better now sent handicapping (wears cheekpieces) but simply can't be recommended at this stage.
Twice placed at a modest level on the Flat during the summer (1m2f-1m4f); 0-4 over hurdles previously for Lawrence Mullaney; is very lowly weighted post wind surgery on debut for Brian Ellison; basic market check advised.
Last Year's Winner
Christmas In Usa (9/4), Millie The Minx (11/4), Sweet Marmalade (10/3), Oceanus (11/2), Little Pippin (14/1), First Of Never (22/1), Jo Cashflow (33/1), Fast And Friendly (50/1)
- Christmas In Usa
- Millie The Minx
- Sweet Marmalade
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