13:55 Leicester Thu 5 December 2019
Took advantage of his falling handicap mark to score with plenty in hand at Ludlow last week, coming clear on the bridle late on. Penalty to carry for that but conditions fine and this is not a strong event for the money. Big chance of the follow-up
Bounced back to form (well backed) when successful in a better class of race than this at Ffos Las last time, staying on gamely late to claim the prize. This slight drop back in trip possibly not ideal, and 6lb rise makes life tougher though.
Has had four starts on the Flat/hurdles this year, coming back from a long absence and has hinted on latest start at Kempton that he retains much of his ability. Step up in trip here a big help and under very useful conditional, has chances.
Ran well a couple of times at Warwick last year and did win one in March quite convincingly. Will strip fitter for his seasonal debt at Chepstow last month (shaped encouragingly) but does need to prove himself at this trip. Chance if he stays.
Well handicapped if you want to dig back far enough but not seen much in recent times, suggesting there's been difficulties, and there was little to cheer on his reappearance at Worcester in October. May still need another run or two to get fit.
Winner at Stratford in August and shaped better than bare result over a trip too short for him at Market Rasen last time out; this trip more suitable and yard among the winners (on the Flat), so reasons for thinking he could do better today.
Last Year's Winner
Chirico Vallis (13/8), Never Equalled (3/1), Be My Sea (7/2), Star of Rory (9/1), Russian Service (12/1), Ulysses (16/1)
- Be My Sea
- Chirico Vallis
- Never Equalled
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