13:55 Haydock Wed 4 December 2019
2-2 over fences but both of those wins came in weak races during the summer. Goes well fresh so his 155-day absence is of no concern. Has plenty to find on form though, and must concede weight all round.
Broke his duck at the fifth attempt when running clear of his rivals on chase debut at Aintree (2m4f; soft). Given a 15lb higher mark than he had over hurdles after that. Bold bid expected under the penalty.
Coped well with the step up in class when third behind Deyrann De Carjac (third to Champ last Friday) & Pym (boosted the form with a commanding win at Ascot recently) at Huntingdon (2m4f; good) last month. Hard task at these weights though.
Turned out quickly after going no further than the first when unseating his rider at Newbury (2m4f; good to soft) on Friday. Form on chase debut before that mishap when second to Champ reads well in this contest. Huge chance if jumping holds up.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Dashel Drasher (10/11), Champagne Mystery (7/4), Whatmore (6/1), Fidux (22/1)
- Dashel Drasher
- Champagne Mystery
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