14:35 Taunton Thu 14 November 2019
Developed into a high-class hurdler last year finishing fourth over 2m5f in the Ballymore at Cheltenham. Stayed on gamely to deny another promising sort on his chase debut at Carlisle, and holds outstanding claims on that form.
Winner of a handicap hurdle at Perth in April, but only eighth of 9 to Thyme Hill in Persian War Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow last month, and has something to find now switching to the larger obstacles.
Bit disappointing since finishing second in a handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot in August, and can race freely. Possible he'll make a chaser for all he's not bred for it, but he's facing a stiff task on first try.
Smart novice hurdler last term, winning Grade 2 Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton in February. Made a satisfactory start over fences when second to Litterale Ci in maiden at Exeter last month, and looks the main danger to the likely favourite.
Last Year's Winner
Brewin'upastorm (8/15), Southfield Stone (9/5), Paint The Dream (16/1), Romanor (50/1)
- Southfield Stone
- Paint The Dream
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