13:00 Sedgefield Thu 14 November 2019
Rules chasing debut seeking a hat-trick following Class 4 handicap hurdle wins at Kelso and Musselburgh (2m); the fences (bred to jump) are arguably less of a concern than a fast-rising handicap mark (118).
Kept on strongly when winning on hurdles debut here (2m1f maiden) last December; didn't progress as swiftly as expected thereafter (twice placed); raced keenly and weakened on chasing debut at Ayr (2m4½f, soft); drop back in trip a plus.
3-15 over hurdles, and handles various underfoot conditions (strongest on soft); very poor in three starts over fences for the Irish handler P.M.Cloke; monitored only for signs of improvement now back on these shores for Daragh Burke.
Fair Flat performer (70-rated); placed on all five starts over hurdles, including twice at this track (2m1f); is clearly race-fit ahead of his chasing debut, that said, others appeal as more obvious candidates.
Maiden (0-11) who returns from wind surgery for new connections (ex-David Bridgwater) following a 219-day absence (also fitted with a tongue-tie); has shown ability over 2m at Southwell; just the type to step forward for the England combination.
25-1 winner of a Gowran Park novice hurdle (2m, good) for Joseph O'Brien last November; modest over fences so far (0-7) and continues to slide in the weights as a result; is worth a cautious market check.
Didn't exactly excel over hurdles (0-4), although he does deserve an opportunity to show himself in a more positive light over fences (debut); some recent signs that the Sue Smith yard are slowly returning to better form.
Her 2019 Sedgefield form figures read (732121); 7lb higher than when making all to beat Instant Replay by 4½L here (2m3½f, soft) 44 days ago; is difficult to ignore, with the drop back in trip arguably in her favour.
Last Year's Winner
Ringaringarosie (9/4), Goldencard (3/1), Ettila De Sivola (4/1), Cybalko (8/1), Inca Gold (8/1), Lough Legend (16/1), Torrid (18/1), Our Lucas (28/1)