13:00 Huntingdon Sun 8 December 2019
- Fitzdares Crosseys Jockey Coaching Novices' Chase (Class 3)
- 2m 7f 129y,
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Held every chance when falling two out in the BetVictor Gold Cup last time after some indifferent leaps. He won impressively in novice company the time before and back in calmer waters here; tries 3m for the first time since pointing success.
Won an Irish point on debut in January 2017 (soft) and cost £60,000 for connections. Returned from 22-month absence when pulling up at Carlisle (2m3½f, soft) in a novices' hurdle. Yard been quiet in recent weeks and best watched for now.
Unbeaten in two runs here (bumper/hurdle) and ran well at Newbury and Cheltenham in recent starts in handicap company. Pulled up early on in a Grade 3 contest at Haydock (3m½f) two weeks ago and now makes his chasing debut.
Brings a record of 3/7 in British points to this, his rules and chasing debut. Shouldn't have a problem with jumping or the trip but hard to know how that pointing form will translate to this race, given the ability of some of his rivals.
Won twice over hurdles last season (2m4½f/2m7½f) but pulled up in three of his last four starts. Obviously not one to rely on but from a family of winning chasers (half-brother to Kayfleur) and may have more to offer on first chasing start.
Showed good form last season, splitting two decent rivals on hurdling debut before winning easily at Fontwell (2m3½f). Half-brother to 3m1f winner whilst his dam was a bumper/hurdle/chase winner (2m-3m). Longer trip a plus and a fascinating runner.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H FryJ: N D Fehily|
Slate House (2/5), Tarada (10/3), Breaking Waves (10/1), Sizing Cusimano (20/1), Encounter A Giant (25/1), Battys Dilemma (33/1)
- Slate House
- Breaking Waves
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