15:40 Newbury Sat 30 November 2019
Talented but frustrating over fences, having won 2-13 and been placed on seven occasions. Not at his best when last seen at Punchestown, but has claims from 2lb higher than his Grand Annual second in March.
Was fancied and made favourite for the Grand Annual after a Wincanton win in February, but couldn't land a blow at Cheltenham. Was again below par there on his reappearance, but big player from this mark if bouncing back.
Has left Kerry Lee, for whom he won twice, since his last run at Cheltenham in April. Went close from this mark at Ludlow last season, but needs to get back on track and this is a tough race in which to try do so.
Has shown a decent level of form in all four chase starts, winning one at Kempton (2m2f, good) this time last year. Won a competitive handicap hurdle from this mark, and has the ability to to make an impact.
Dual novice chase winner at the start of the year. Behind some of these next time when tried in the Grand Annual, but that was a respectable effort. Still open to improvement. Each-way player if wind surgery has helped.
Not at his best when upped in trip at Chepstow last time but entitled to consideration on what he achieved when 1L second at Kelso (2m1f, soft) prior to that. Each-way appeal.
Complete a good ground hat-trick in the spring at 2m-2m1f. Slightly below that level when last seen at Uttoxeter in June. Can't rule him out from this mark, though soft ground is a concern.
Won at both Southwell and Stratford at around 2m4f in June, and was only 5-1 when last seen running from this mark at Uttoxeter in September (made bad mistake). Bit to prove, including on soft.
Going on for three years since he last won a race, but put up his best effort for over two years at Hereford last time. Nudged back up 1lb for that, but would have to be considered each-way if able to repeat it.
4-9 over fences, and plenty to like about the way he won at Aintree last time. Up 5lb for that, and in deeper here, but still potentially well treated and has claims.
Won from today's mark over hurdles, and bettered that effort over fences when winning a 0-130 at Haydock in January. Not quite so easy to fancy on what he has achieved since, however, but tongue-tie goes on and yard going well.
Sluiced up at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) on his reappearance last month, and the bare form of that gives him a chance from 8lb higher. Acts on soft, but likely to need another career best to follow-up.
3-5 over fences, and trounced his field at Sandown by 16L in March (1m7½f, soft), when 10lb lower. Never involved, but that was always likely to be the case, on reappearance over hurdles, but can't rule him out each-way.
Former Grand Annual winner, but not as good these days and a place looks his best hope if things drop right.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P A KirbyJ: A Nicol|
Magic Saint (3/1), No Comment (4/1), Whatswrongwithyou (9/2), Lady Buttons (5/1), Bun Doran (9/1), Chesterfield (12/1), Solar Impulse (12/1), Ashoka (12/1), Theo (16/1), Tree Of Liberty (20/1), Double W's (25/1), Ardmayle (33/1), Dicosimo (33/1), Vengeur De Guye (40/1), Western Miller (66/1)
- Lady Buttons
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