14:00 Huntingdon Sun 8 December 2019
In the form of his life when winning this 12 months ago but has been badly out of form on his last four starts. His two runs this season (since wind operation) have not inspired, notably when tailed off at Exeter (2m1½f). Needs to bounce back.
An admirable perfomer in Graded company throughout his career, he was a career best second to Frodon in the Ryanair (2m4½f) in March. Weakened late on in the Charlie Hall (3m) but ran well nonetheless and the drop back in trip is ideal.
Dual Listed-winner (2m3½f/2m4½f) last season but weakened at Wetherby (2m3½f) on seasonal return off his revised 10lb higher mark. Would be 18lb better off in a handicap with Aso and will need to improve again to win here.
Versatile gelding; has won 15/28 races, regularly mixing hurdles and fences. Won this in 2017 (at Taunton) and gamely defeated Grade 1 winners Roksana and Vision Des Flos on seasonal debut at Aintree. Conditions no problem and a threat to all.
Improved for the switch to fences and was a good winner at Haydock (1m7½f, heavy) last December. Hasn't matched in two starts since, however, and is out of his depth in this line-up.
A tremendous mare who has won 14/21 races, including twice here. Won two Grade 1 novice chases last season (2m5f/3m) but ran poorly when pulled up in the Charlie Hall (3m) on her return. Receives weight all round and is likely to set the pace.
Last Year's Winner
|T: K C BaileyJ: N D Fehily|
Top Notch (15/8), Aso (2/1), La Bague Au Roi (11/4), Charbel (11/1), Born Survivor (16/1), Kauto Riko (100/1)
- Top Notch
- La Bague Au Roi
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