15:15 Sedgefield Thu 14 November 2019
Made a promising start over fences, making all when winning at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) last December; broadly held his own from a revised mark thereafter; must improve upon recent comeback run (is entirely possible).
None too fluent over fences at Musselburgh (2m4½f, good to soft) last week, merely plodding on into a never dangerous fifth of ten to Benny's Secret (beaten in excess of 12L); cut underfoot will suit, stamina reserves are questionable.
Far from straightforward; ran in snatches when winning at Bangor (3m, soft) in March 2018; his form figures from Boxing Day onward (P6P) don't make for positive reading; freshness off a 236-day absence is probably helpful in his particular case.
Maiden over fences (0-16) and just 1-35 overall; prominent until weakening from the final fence at Hexham (3m, soft) last month - finished 8L third to Classical Milano; a possible player in a weak race with Brian Hughes back in the saddle.
33-race maiden, albeit with limited experience over fences (0-1); kept on to finish 4½L third to subsequent winner Jessiemac in a Class 5 handicap hurdle at Ayr (3m, soft) 17 days ago; others appear stronger (in the very loose sense of the word).
Yet to win under rules (3-33 in points); his usual way is to go forward and make the running; weakened late on when beaten almost 10L (third) by Arquebusier at Taunton (2m5½f, good) a fortnight ago; strongest on a sound surface.
Better since fitted with the hood and tongue-tie combination; clearly of modest ability, but in all fairness it's still very early days over fences; finished 10L third to Oscar Ceremony on chasing debut at Kelso (2m7f) 19 days ago; key player.
Last Year's Winner
Skyhill (10/3), Rollerball Rocco (10/3), Misdflight (9/2), Spirit Of Hale (5/1), Pads (7/1), Max O (8/1), Pc Dixon (12/1)
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