14:55 Sandown Fri 6 December 2019
Veteran with a fine historic Sandown record; clearly isn't the force of old but can be expected to improve fitness wise for his C&D (soft) comeback third to Houblan Des Obeaux (holds fourth placed Loose Chips).
Back to winning ways (overcame some tardy leaps) when bravely fending off Follow The Swallow/Boughtbeforelunch at Warwick (3m1½f, good to soft) four weeks ago; 6lb higher on a career high handicap mark of 126 (albeit with a 7lb claimer aboard).
Strong stayer who has won more than his fair share of races (6-28) for Seamus Mullins; runner-up on both starts this season - was hindered by a lost iron (two out) at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) six weeks ago; 4lb higher; chance.
Like Le Reve, is a regular feature here at Sandown Park; is now rated 10lb lower than when beating Rock Gone by 11L over C&D (soft) in November 2018 but time waits for no man and age creeps up on us all eventually.
Heavy ground course hurdles winner (2m4f) in February 2016; has frequented Haldon Hill at Exeter more often than not since (seven starts); stayed on under hands and heels riding (no whip) when 2¾L third to Orchardstown Cross latest; 2lb higher.
A consistent type; again firmly in the mix when beaten 3½L by Barbrook Star/Follow The Swallow at Warwick (3m1½f, good to soft) four weeks ago; let off lighter than the aforementioned pair (+6lb & +5lb) with just a token 2lb rise.
Veteran; built upon a fair comeback run at Stratford (2m5f, soft) when sticking to his task (25-1) behind Barbrook Star (Boughtbeforelunch third) at Warwick (3m1½f, good to soft) four weeks ago; a subsequent 5lb weights rise is harsh.
Both of his wins have come on a sound surface (Plumpton & Wincanton), so while he's evidently a hardy stayer that must set some alarm bells ringing in the context of these conditions; is easing in the weights (on last winning mark).
Last Year's Winner
|T: P J HobbsJ: Mr D Maxwell|
Plantagenet (10/3), Le Boizelo (7/2), Le Reve (4/1), Boughtbeforelunch (9/2), Barbrook Star (6/1), Loose Chips (9/1), Follow The Swallow (20/1), Indy Five (20/1), River Of Intrigue (33/1)
- Le Boizelo
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