13:30 Newcastle Sat 30 November 2019
Easy winner over hurdles here (2m6f, good to soft) in March, although is possibly flattered by that bare form - the odds-on favourite flopped; stayed on past beaten horses over 2m3f on chasing debut at Ascot (fifth to Doctor Dex).
Capable hurdler with a mixed record over fences (form figures of UFU are off-putting); kept on in vain pursuit of the emphatic winner Well Above Par at Kelso (2m5½f, heavy) three weeks ago; tackles a new trip.
On a sharp upward curve since winning over hurdles at Bangor (2m7f, good) in August, successfully mixing chasing with hurdling; game winner of a CJ's handicap hurdle at Kelso (2m5f) latest; 5lb higher reverting to the larger obstacles.
Effective in testing conditions; possessed a degree of ability over hurdles (& in bumpers), landing the odds with ears pricked here (2m6f) in March; beaten 4L (fourth) by Two For Gold on chasing debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) - holds Hill Sixteen.
Maiden (0-23); narrowly beaten (third) by Ask Ben in the French Furze Novices' Hurdle on this card in 2018; 2lb higher than when finishing second to La Cavsa Nostra at Sedgefield (3m2½f, soft) 16 days ago; really deserves to win a race.
120-rated hurdler (3-29); has been ridden with plenty of confidence (arguably set too much to do) by Alison Clarke on all three starts over fences (223); shouldn't trouble Lord Du Mesnil on the evidence of recent Sedgefield form.
Cost £100,000 in April 2018; showed some ability over hurdles, winning at Carlisle (2m3½f, good to soft) in February but lacks a definite change of gear (slow); is easing in the weights and stable in better form than previously; 0-2 over fences.
Bred for chasing as a brother to the 4m stayer Knockanrawley but 0-5 so far; left behind at the business end of the race (favourite) on seasonal reappearance at Carlisle (3m2f); finished 26¾L third to Polydora in this race last year.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Tom LaceyJ: Alan Johns|
Hill Sixteen (11/4), Sam's Adventure (7/2), River Frost (4/1), Jammy George (5/1), Slanelough (6/1), Lord Du Mesnil (7/1), Donna's Delight (8/1), Murphy's Law (10/1), Cairnshill (50/1)
- Sam's Adventure
- River Frost
- Murphy's Law
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