14:15 Ludlow Wed 8 January 2020
- Luke Watson Memorial Racing Excellence 'Hands And Heels' Handicap Chase (Conditionals/Amateurs) (Class 4)
- 2m 7f 171y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Bold jumping, front-running chaser; progressive during the summer of 2017 winning three on the spin at Fontwell, Ffos Las and Newton Abbot (3m-3m2f); is most effective on a sound surface; first competitive start for 523 days.
An infrequent winner (1-13); that said, he's run reasonably well on all three starts this season; competes off the same mark as when a keeping on second (beaten 6L) to Dubai Angel at Wetherby (3m, soft) 32 days ago.
Maiden over fences (0-15); now 8lb lower than when beaten 1½L by Bally Longford at Newbury (2m6½f, soft) in March 2018; ran his best race for a while when placed at Lingfield (2m4f, heavy) in early December.
Far from faultless (made mistakes) on his chasing debut at Market Rasen (3m, heavy) in November; should strip fitter for that run and is a lightly raced hurdles winner; stablemate of Hidden Glen.
Fortunate winner of a four-runner 2m5f novices' hurdle at Kempton (good) in October 2018; still low-mileage, albeit disappointing since (including on chasing debut); cheekpieces are now applied; stablemate of Big Difference.
No win since November 2018 (Hereford) and remains a maiden over the larger obstacles (0-5); reeled in close home by the rallying Beautiful Ben at Market Rasen (2m3f, good) three starts back; stamina reserves aren't guaranteed at 3m.
Is yet to win over fences (0-6) although he has shown that he can compete from a mark in the high 90's; kept on to finish third to a stablemate of First Figaro (Cuban Pete) on his penultimate start (Hereford, 2m5f good).
Last Year's Winner
Bolving (6/4), Lisdoonvarna Lad (3/1), Big Difference (9/2), Private Malone (7/1), First Figaro (11/1), Hidden Glen (14/1), Fort Gabriel (16/1)
- Fort Gabriel
- Lisdoonvarna Lad
- First Figaro
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