14:25 Sandown Sat 7 December 2019
- Jumeirah Hotels And Resorts December Handicap Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1)
- 1m 7f 216y, Heavy (Soft in places)
- 13 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Been raised 13lb in the handicap after winning easily on his return to action at Fontwell (2m1f; soft). Jockey takes a handy 5lb off, and this is only his second handicap start. Form of the yard would have to be a concern though.
Goes well in these races and won the Imperial Cup over C&D last season. Not in same form in three subsequent starts and she has had a lot more racing than her rivals for one so young.
Hat-trick scorer last term and got back to winning ways when scoring at Exeter (2m; soft). Career-high mark to defy now, but she is 4-6 over hurdles, and should have a little bit more to give. Place claims.
Proved to be very reliable in recent months, despite not winning. Posted another sound run when runner-up at Lingfield (2m3f; heavy). However, he hasn't ran over a trip as short as this since December 2016.
Form tailed off after he made a promising start to life with a pair of encouraging efforts. Questions to answer on seasonal return after he unseated his rider on his final start last season when running a poor race. Look elsewhere.
Returns from a 694-day absence and the market is likely to be the best guide to her chances. Last seen finishing third behind Esprit De Somoza (1st) and Gumball (2nd) at Huntingdon (2m; soft). Still unexposed and could be well-treated if fit enough.
Stayed onstrongly under pressure, but still managed to get pipped in the dying strides of a maiden hurdle over C&D recently. Now makes handicap debut off a reduced mark, and despite being 0-5 he should go very close.
One of two runners in this for the yard. Showed a good attitude when winning this race in atrocious conditions last year. Mark has dropped down to the one he scored off that day. Dangerous to dismiss if the rain arrives.
Has first start for new connections after narrowly winning a seller at Taunton (2m3f; good). Still very difficult to fancy given the sort of form he was in prior to that win, coupled with the fact this is a marked rise in class.
Unable to justify favouritism (13/8f) when bidding for three wins in a row at Lingfield (2m; heavy). Beaten just over 10-length then, and she is 4lb above her last winning mark in a much better race. Looks to have it all to do with that in mind.
Lightly raced five-year-old who made a winning seasonal/handicap at Warwick (2m; good to soft) last month. This is a big step up in grade, but it is unlikely we have seen the best of him yet. Shortlist material.
Not finished out of the placings when completing since switched to this yard. Posted yet another encouraging effort on seasonal debut when runner-up to a race fit rival. Could well run a career-best if building upon that effort.
Northern yard have only ever had two runners at this venue over jumps. This one makes his seasonal return after enjoying a decent first season over hurdles. Ended 2018/19 campaign sourly when fourth of five at Aintree (2m; good to soft) in June.
Last Year's Winner
|Man Of Plenty||9||10-7||8/1|
|T: Mrs S LeechJ: Sean Houlihan|
Smarty Wild (5/1), Malaya (11/2), Mack The Man (6/1), Protektorat (6/1), Ashutor (6/1), Song For Someone (7/1), Ruacana (8/1), Theo's Charm (10/1), Man Of Plenty (16/1), Sleep Easy (25/1), Groveman (25/1), Distingo (50/1), Aiguille Rouge (50/1)
- Aiguille Rouge
- Man Of Plenty
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