14:00 Leicester Wed 11 December 2019
Useful hurdler that has made a solid start to chasing career, runner-up on both occasions and only just denied after trying to make all at Exeter last time over 3m; repeat of that alone surely takes him close, and has to be on the shortlist.
Runner-up at Exeter in beginners' chase last month over 2m3f; that form well-advertised when winner took Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday. Has to prove stamina.
Put a fall on chase bow behind him with Stratford success over 2m3½f in October on soft going; well held third since at Market Rasen and likely must improve to score in this.
Dual bumper winner in 2018 and hurdles scorer last term, stays 3m and well worth market check returning for chase debut with trainer in fine form. Has had a wind operation.
Fakenham novice hurdle winner in February over 2m4f on good ground but well held next time at Sandown on soft. Has undergone wind operation since and Nico de Boinville seemingly prefers stablemate Before Midnight.
Promising novice over timber last season, scoring at Bangor in October over 2m3½f. That run came after a break so one to pay attention on chase debut despite the absence.
Pulled up at Aintree on chase debut in October having attempted to make running; this doesn't look as strong a race and could be more to come on second start after a wind operation.
Last Year's Winner
Coolanly (11/8), Before Midnight (4/1), Commodore Barry (11/2), Rocco (7/1), Pistol Whipped (15/2), Mystical Clouds (16/1), Ivilnoble (40/1)
- Commodore Barry
- Mystical Clouds
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