15:20 Newcastle Sat 30 November 2019
Enjoyed a stellar season in 18/19; beat Captain Chaos here before doing the double over that rival (Takingrisks third) in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, gd/sft); 1lb higher than when placed in the Ultima at last year's Cheltenham Festival.
Prominent-racer; won three-times over fences during his novice season (Hexham & Wetherby); fell in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham before an excellent third to Lostintranslation at Aintree (3m1f, soft); in deep in the Charlie Hall on seasonal bow.
Strong stayer who handles most underfoot conditions; won for the fourth time over fences when springing a 25-1 surprise in the Scottish Grand National (4m, good) in April - beat Crosspark by 4L; 8lb higher after a recent spin over hurdles.
Unable to fend off the strong late challenge of Any Second Now in the Kim Muir at last year's Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, good to soft); 3lb higher here after an encouraging comeback third over an inadequate 2m3½f at Stratford (soft); of interest.
Stable star at Rose Dobbin's Northumberland base; fragile (needs soft ground); deeply impressive when slamming his five rivals by 16L on return from a lengthy absence at Ayr (2m5½f, soft) four weeks ago; a 9lb rise may underestimate his abilities.
Took the prize scalp of Definitly Red in a match at Kelso (2m7f, good) in February; rounded off the season with a completion (16th) in the Grand National; should strip fitter for his Aintree comeback fourth to Burtons Well (3m1f); 2lb lower.
Former French racer with his fair share of issues at the start (has refused to race on numerous occasions); recalcitrant and pulled up before the first at Wetherby a fortnight ago; no conceivable chance on that display; is newly hooded.
Made a mockery of a mark of 125 when winning at odds of 40-1 here (2m4f, soft) last December before doubling-up over 3m next time; struggled in the Eider Chase (4m) in February and this is equally competitive; first start for 238 days.
Often found Lake View Lad to be his nemesis last season, including when a 2¾L runner-up in this race 12 months ago (now 16lb better off); well shy of the required standard so far this season - made mistakes and has appeared fairly moody; risky.
Last Year's Winner
|Lake View Lad||8||10-13||8/1|
|T: N W AlexanderJ: Henry Brooke|
Jonniesofa (11/4), Kilfilum Cross (3/1), Lake View Lad (9/2), Top Ville Ben (11/2), Captain Chaos (6/1), Captain Redbeard (10/1), Takingrisks (20/1), Rock On Fruity (40/1), Lachlan Bridge (100/1)
- Top Ville Ben
- Kilfilum Cross
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