15:30 Sandown Fri 6 December 2019
Improving with experience; good third to Do Wanna Know and Hurricane Harvey at Huntingdon (2m3½f, good) 33 days ago - form boosted since; stablemate of Et Moi Alors; a likely player.
Maiden (0-10 over hurdles) with a stack of placed form on his CV; absent since losing out by ½L in a sustained duel with Buster Edwards at Fontwell (3m2f, good) in May; is versatile trip wise; stablemate of Mickey Buckman.
Won a mares' bumper on debut at Southwell (1m7½f, good) in June 2018; there or thereabouts since (232) without necessarily progressing; beaten at odds of 4-6f in a Worcester maiden (2m4f) in May.
Reasonably useful over 1m2f on the Flat for Stuart Williams (81-rated); ran respectably when fourth to Ecco over hurdles at Ascot (1m7½f, good to soft) in November; doesn't appeal as a winner in waiting.
Heavy ground bumper winner here in November 2018; kept right up to his work when seeing off a stablemate in a Fontwell maiden (2m6f, good) in May; not obviously well treated off a mark of 111.
Took a marked step forward when winning a Class 4 handicap at Fakenham (2m, good) in October; 6lb higher here, and you can't help but wonder about the overall strength in depth in that particular race.
Modest on the Flat (58-rated) but already shaping up to be a much better hurdler; wore his heart on his sleeve from the outset when a slightly fortuitous winner at Kempton (2m, good) 25 days ago; 4lb higher.
Beaten 5L by Guardia Top on hurdles debut at Perth (2m, heavy); turned over an odds-on favourite in an otherwise relatively porous juvenile hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) seven weeks ago.
Badly out of form on the Flat this year, and his form figures over hurdles of 5F5 hardly instil confidence; 100-1 when beaten 28L (fifth) by Golden Taipan at Huntingdon (2m, good) in October.
Building up a consistent sequence of form figures over hurdles (432112); has the measure of the subsequent winner Pop The Cork on the basis of Perth form; carried left by the winner This Tiger Feet at Exeter (2m2½f, soft) latest; chance.
Nine-race maiden; has achieved precious little since returning from summer wind surgery; continues to ease in the weights as a result, but is very difficult to fancy in current form.
Six-race rules maiden; 2lb lower than when finishing a remote fourth (13-2) to Poucor at Plumpton (2m, heavy) 32 days ago; is considered unlikely.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P HendersonJ: T J O'Brien|
Sunrise Ruby (3/1), Guardia Top (9/2), Pop The Cork (11/2), Welland (7/1), The Raven's Return (7/1), Catch The Cuban (7/1), Mickey Buckman (10/1), Et Moi Alors (16/1), Harry Hazard (16/1), Megalodon (16/1), Derek Duval (33/1), Kestrel Valley (33/1), Golconda Prince (66/1)
- Mickey Buckman
- Guardia Top
- Catch The Cuban
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