14:05 Wincanton Thu 5 December 2019
Consistent juvenile last term and can be forgiven Chepstow comeback when soft ground was all against and also lost a shoe. This ground far more suitable and this represents a drop in grade so warrants plenty of respect.
First-time cheekpieces worked the oracle at Worcester in September and return visit there can be forgiven as he finished lame. Does his running at 2m4f so has to prove this much shorter trip will suit.
Consistent type on a sound surface and in too deep in the competitive Greatwood Hurdle on soft ground last time. Back in calmer waters on more suitable ground now so should be a contender.
Well backed when showing that front-running tactics worked for him when making all at Kempton last week. Escapes a penalty for that Conditionals event and 4lb well in here and this sharp track is in his favour.
Hereford win was gained on good ground and ran creditably on a softer surface at Wetherby since. Has a turn of foot and should get the decent pace for him to aim at so could be more to come.
Good ground winner a year ago and although this season has been disappointing so far, his runs have been on unsuitably soft ground and a chance he could bounce back on this better ground for his top connections.
Hasn't really taken to fences but but back over hurdles on good ground will see him a better light and this front-runner, who won on his only previous visit here, may run well at a fair price.
Seems very much a Worcester specialist and recent wins have been over 2m4f. Seems stable second choice on jockey bookings and others make more appeal at this distance.
Won a weak Plumpton novice last term and latest run at Sandown can be forgiven as the testing ground was against him but does need to take a step forward.
In good heart in the summer but recent form has been well below that and no better on first run for this stable recently so not hard to look elsewhere.
Losing run goes back to March 2018 and still finds himself 2lb above that win. Fit from the Flat but others look to have stronger claims.
Two wins on similar ground as a juvenile last term and although his runs this season have been less inspiring, he did lose a shoe at Newbury last time and becoming well handicapped so worth a second look.
Lost his way over fences last season and no better over the smaller obstacles on comeback run. This his first run at the minimum trip since 2017 and only of interest if market speaks in his favour.
Landed a pair of weak races in the summer but has struggled in tougher contests of late and needs to rediscover earlier form in a decent looking heat.
Very lightly raced since winning at Aintree in 2017 and absent for 18 months. Normally seen over much further and likely to find this too much of a speed test. Tongue-tie now tried.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R WalfordJ: Stan Sheppard|
Scaramanga (3/1), Flashing Glance (4/1), Purple King (9/2), Milkwood (8/1), River Bray (10/1), Humble Hero (12/1), Capone (14/1), Shut The Box (14/1), Stamp Your Feet (20/1), Maquisard (22/1), King D'Argent (28/1), Lets Go Dutchess (33/1), Novis Adventus (50/1), Alcock And Brown (50/1), Peruvien Bleu (100/1)
- River Bray
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