14:25 Haydock Wed 4 December 2019
Point-to-point scorer who made a winning rules/hurdles debut for these connections at Carlisle (2m4f; heavy) on sole start last season. Runner-up is now rated 131, so it was a good performance. Absence is a concern, but he should make a bold bid.
Produced an underwhelming display on hurdles debut when third at Ayr (2m; soft) on his return to action at the end of October. Could have jumped more fluently that day. Still has claims in an open race.
Reached a rating of 100 on the flat, and was eighth in the Northumberland Plate last year. Should have a future under this code given the level of ability he showed on the level. Respected for top trainer who does well with these types.
0-4 in bumpers, but he took his form to a new level when outrunning price of 50-1 to finish fifth at Cheltenham (2m; heavy). Now makes hurdles debut, but lacks the experience over hurdles that some of his rivals possess.
Travelled smoothly on hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m1f; soft) last month before being past by the winner who flew home after jumping the last. That looked to be a weak contest but he showed enough promise then to suggest he has a bright future.
Won a mares' bumper at Ffos Las (2m; good) on debut at the end of last season. Strength of that race is open to question, but she won well enough that day so has to enter calculations on hurdles debut.
Sent off at 50-1 on hurdles debut at Uttoxeter (2m; heavy) after a disappointing effort on seasonal return. Ran in accordance with those large odds finishing a distant eighth. Watching brief advised in what is a tougher contest.
Last Year's Winner
|The Big Bite||5||11-5||1/2|
|T: T R GeorgeJ: N D Fehily|
Ebony Jewel (5/2), Sunny Express (11/4), On To Victory (3/1), Marie's Rock (4/1), The Con Man (9/1), Stimulating Song (33/1), Saint Dalina (150/1)
- Ebony Jewel
- The Con Man
- On To Victory
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