13:25 Taunton Thu 14 November 2019
Useful on the Flat in 2018 earning a rating of 87 and winning twice at up to 1¼m. Better effort over hurdles when 16L second of 13 to Scardura in a C&D novice last time. Sets the standard on that, but it's perhaps not an insurmountable one.
Showed fairly useful form at up to 1m5f on the Flat for Ralph Beckett, but below that form starting out over hurdles at Wincanton. Type to do better when headgear is reapplied, but opposable here.
Fairly useful 1¼m performer for Stuart Williams. Has taken a couple of runs to come to terms with his new regime, but improved when fourth of 8 to Ecco in a novice at Ascot last time, and has claims with a repeat.
Third on all three starts in bumpers for Chris Grant (all on good or quicker ground), and sold for £41,000 in May. Should be able to make his mark over hurdles on that evidence, and market check essential now.
Failed to progress on the Flat, and beaten in selling and claiming company in two starts over hurdles, so makes limited appeal in this company.
Moderate on the Flat, but stays well enough, and improved from debut when 9¾L third of 9 to Ecco in a maiden hurdle at Wincanton last time. Wouldn't need to improve much to get involved.
Dam was a 3m chaser and he has looked more a long term prospect in a couple of bumper outings at Ludlow and Ffos Las in April/May. This trip looks sharp enough now starting out over hurdles.
Fairly useful Flat handicapper who was a winner in the mud at Carlisle in May. Well beaten twice since, which tempers confidence, but has the ability to get involved if taking to hurdles, and jockey booking a positive.
Three wins for Andrew Balding came on AW, but he ran poorly in that sphere when last seen, and offered little starting out for new connections at Exeter last week.
Best form at up to 1m on the Flat, and has palpably failed to get home in two starts over hurdles so far. Makes scant appeal on basis of latest tailed-off run at Hereford.
Best effort in bumpers when head second of 12 to Miss Honey Ryder here in March, and has the benefit of a recent run in that sphere at Aintree. Will make a bold bid if translating that form to hurdles at the first attempt.
Modest staying maiden on Flat. Ran above expectations when 29L fourth of 13 to Scardura over C&D on hurdling debut, but held by Bathsheba Bay on that run.
Showed a little on her hurdles debut here in 2017, but jumped badly when pulled up on her only subsequent start, and easy to pass her over in this company after another absence.
Won over 2m at Chester in July, but she showed no aptitude for hurdling when tried at Exeter in May, and that makes her hard to back with any confidence.
Last Year's Winner
Bathsheba Bay (13/8), Dothraki Prince (4/1), Derek Duval (9/2), Blazing Saddles (8/1), Roar (8/1), Czech Her Out (12/1), Mood For Mischief (20/1), Everlasting Sea (40/1), Initiative (50/1), Nafaayes (50/1), Nightboattoclyro (50/1), Tally's Son (125/1), Seasearch (200/1), Martha's Dream (250/1)
- Bathsheba Bay
- Czech Her Out
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