13:15 Kelso Sun 8 December 2019
Both the chasing wins of this useful handicap chaser have taken place around here over shorter trips something that should be borne in mind. Produced some meritorious efforts in decent staying handicaps (poor last time); new headgear applied.
Some of his staying chase form borders on useful although he has in the past had problems with his jumping (fallen twice). Finally got off the mark in a match at Hexham (3m, heavy) last time (only rival amiss); test should suit if jumping holds up.
Out-and-out stayer who has twice won the Devon version of the National over 3m7f the last time off a 3lb lower mark. Lightly-raced since that last win and well below form on his reappearance at Cheltenham (unsuited by cross-country track).
Three-time winning chaser with all those victories coming in staying contests the Durham National usually seeing him to good effect (winner in 2018), Tried to repeat his 2018 victory this year without a prep run; ran with credit, test should suit.
Improved last time over fences at Wincanton looking a different sort to the one who was well held the time before. Took a while to get going (looked quirky) but matched his best over hurdles, needs to progress again up 6lb, first-time visor applied.
One of two that the yard run in this (makes his stable debut) having shown some decent form over hurdles but proved expensive to follow over fences when with Dan Skelton. Yard have turned around this sort before and he's not easily dismissed.
Rejuvenated of late looking a far different sort to one that previously had proved hard to trust. Already won five staying chases this year rising through the handicap to sit on a new career-high here; ought to stay this trip, hard to ignore.
Ended last season in good style taking two real stamina test including the Highland National at Perth off a 5lb lower mark. Would have needed the outing at Carlisle last time (3m2f); likely to be much nearer his winning form this time around.
Hit a purple-patch over fences earlier in the year making use of a much-reduced mark to clinch a hat-trick with all his wins coming under today's rider. Well below form when trying to complete a four-timer back over hurdles; still on a decent mark.
Return to form had a lot to do with the resurgence of his yard and the fact that he has a good record fresh having dropped to a career-low mark. All of those factors contributed to a narrow Wetherby win (3n, heavy); not certain to build on that run.
Novice hurdle winner for whom the penny took a while to drop over fences finally doing so after a break of eight months off a much reduced mark over 2m7f here last month. Looked more professional than before under today's rider; trip should suit.
Fair handicap chaser although he often loses his place in races with his jumping more miss than hit on occasions. First run over fences since May (fell at last) having run over hurdles last twice; blinkers refitted, would need to improve take this.
Returns to fences for the first time since March although his record of 1-15 over the larger obstacles is hardly an inspiring one. Rather in-and-out over hurdles of late; faces a stiff task of this mark with his ability to stay looking questionable.
Four-time course winner over hurdles/fences; finished fourth in this race last year off a 4lb higher mark; will be staying on when a few of these have had enough. Tuned up for this with a sound third at Hexham (4m) coming as usual from off the pace.
Last Year's Winner
|Harry The Viking||13||10-5||16/1|
|T: A M ThomsonJ: Rachel McDonald|
Caventara (7/2), No Hassle Hoff (5/1), Just Your Type (15/2), Big River (10/1), Lord Getaway (10/1), Bafana Blue (11/1), Bigirononhiship (12/1), Total Assets (12/1), Terry The Fish (12/1), Weststreet (12/1), Dawson City (14/1), Anteros (18/1), Aaron Lad (20/1), Brian Boranha (20/1), Achill Road Boy (33/1), Rightback Atya (66/1)
- Bafana Blue
- Brian Boranha
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