12:35 Taunton Thu 28 November 2019
Three-figure prices and beaten 20+L in pair of novice hurdles over 2m1f around Exeter on good ground so far; work to be done.
By Getaway out of a bumper winner, and fetched £18,000 last year. 50-1 and never dangerous on debut in 2m3½f good-to-soft maiden hurdle at Chepstow. Improvement possible.
Poor form in point-to-points and showed little on rules bow in 2m5½f novice at Exeter on soft ground this month. Drops in trip with plenty to work on.
Fell on hurdles bow at Wincanton last month and didn't find much when asked at Exeter (2m1f, soft; 6-1) since. That was probably a strong race and spring bumper winner should do better before long.
Perhaps found 2m5½f beyond him on hurdles bow at Wincanton in May; had previously shown promise in bumpers over this trip and returns to action having undergone a wind op since.
Wide-margin defeats in all five starts to date, including by 100+L in novice hurdles at Wincanton twice last month over further. Hard to make any case for.
Promise shown in bumpers in Ireland but will need to quickly move on from dismal showing on hurdles bow at Wetherby (2m3½f, good to soft) last month.
Brother to the useful Ardlethen, won his only Irish point-to-point and changed hands thereafter for decent money; must improve going hurdling having folded tamely in Fontwell bumper on debut for this trainer recently.
Multiplex gelding whose dam was 1m2f winner; only of interest on debut should the market speak favourably.
Gelded son of Kayf Tara cost €72,000; well held on hurdles bow at Huntingdon (2m3½f, good; 33-1) early this month. Must improve down in trip with yard in form.
Lacklustre form in point-to-points and twice pulled up in as many starts in maiden/novice hurdles in the summer. Down in distance on return but up against it.
Far from disgraced on hurdles bow last time at Hereford (2m, good; 40-1) when finishing fifth of 13 and possibly going to improve for that run.
French bred No Risk At All, tailed off in a bumper at Bangor in April and similar tale on hurdles bow at Ffos Las (2m, soft; 100-1) this month. Needs a massive leap forward.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Eritage (8/11), Fubar (9/2), Kerrkenny Gold (9/2), Look Alive (10/1), Republican (14/1), Butterwick Brook (25/1), Pillar Of Steel (25/1), Breffniboy (33/1), Ede'iffs Elton (66/1), Pleasureaplenty (100/1), Missyouatgorcombe (150/1), Kalabee (250/1), Trottinette (250/1)
- Pillar Of Steel
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