13:45 Ludlow Wed 8 January 2020
Ultra consistent since acquired by owner/rider David Maxwell; took the scalp of the progressive Kiltealy Briggs by the narrowest of margins at Wincanton (2m5½f, good) on penultimate start; appears to be attractively handicapped off a mark of 132.
Gritty, determined and as tough as old boots in landing a hat-trick of wins (inc C&D) between February and April 2019; has found life slightly tougher this season (most latterly at Cheltenham); one to be written-off at your own personal peril.
Produced late by Jonjo O'Neill Jr to win here (2m5½f, soft) on seasonal reappearance, beating Wilde Spirit by ½L; 10lb higher on this occasion after another rock-solid effort at Catterick (3m1½f) since - rider dropped whip when challenging winner.
Has done all of her winning over hurdles on soft/heavy ground, including when beating Dan McGrue by a short-head at Plumpton (2m4½f) in October; 2lb higher here; blew her chance at the start (very slowly away) at Cheltenham latest.
Most effective going right-handed; partnered by Richard Johnson when winning this race by a neck (off a 3lb lower mark) 12 months ago (good/soft); the opposition appears stronger this time around; placed on Kempton seasonal reappearance.
Is open to more improvement after just nine career starts, although does need to prove that he stays this trip; 7lb higher than when easily fending off El Hageb Rose at Chepstow (2m3½f, good/soft) in March; can race prominently.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R T PhillipsJ: R Johnson|
Dolphin Square (7/4), Treasure Dillon (11/4), Dundrum Wood (3/1), Carrolls Milan (9/2), Bhutan (8/1), Muthabir (8/1), Shambra (9/1)
- Dolphin Square
- Carrolls Milan
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