14:45 Ludlow Wed 8 January 2020
Arcadio gelding (cost €45,000 as a 3yo); seventh foal; half-brother to the point/2m7f hurdle winner Ocean Venture; wore a hood (removed) on debut in a strong Newbury bumper (2m+, gd/sft); steps up noticeably in trip for hurdles debut.
Twice placed over hurdles (2m2½f-2m3f); off the track for 71 days since finishing sixth of 16 (10-1) to Severano at Chepstow (2m3½f, good to soft) in October; one of the likelier candidates in a fairly open race.
Cost £25,000 out of the Irish point-to-point scene (1-8); took a step forward on his second rules/hurdles start at Market Rasen (2m4½f, soft), finishing just over 11L third to the long odds-on favourite Winningseverything.
Weakened from halfway and ultimately tailed-off on hurdles debut at Chepstow (2m3½f, soft) 32 days ago; needs to fare a whole lot better and simply can't be recommended on that evidence; stablemate of Now Is The Winter.
Half-brother to the 2m2f hurdle winner Do Na Paisti; 25-1 when finishing well down the field (11th of 14) on debut at Catterick (2m3½f, soft) three weeks ago.
Half-brother to five winners, including Kruzhlinin (2m-3m hurdle/chase); made solid if unspectacular progress in bumpers; 11-2 when a fair fourth to Espoir De Romay (beaten 18¾L) on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft); chance.
Southwell bumper winner (1m7½f, good) who also has related form with Aquila Sky (Newbury); was in the process of running a solid race (disputing second) when falling at the last on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m5f, heavy).
Made a winning start under rules when a game ½L winner of a Stratford bumper (2m+, good) in March; mixed messages as to the overall strength of that form; steps up in trip for hurdles debut; stablemate of For Luck.
Former pointer (2-14); well beaten on both previous starts over hurdles; rates as most unappealing at the age of 11.
Won a 4yo Tralee maiden (3m, good) for Donnchadh Doyle prior to moving on for £50,000; much improved on his second start for Emma Lavelle when a keeping on 40-1 fourth to Hold The Note at Doncaster (2m3½f, good); off for 375 days since.
Bought for €25,000 in December 2017 after winning a four-runner 3m maiden at Knockinroe (heavy); prominent until losing his place quickly from three furlongs out in a Plumpton bumper in April 2018; off since (for 633 days); hurdles debut.
Winged Love gelding; sixth foal; half-brother to three winners, most notably the bumper/2m-2m6f hurdle scorer Runasimi River; stablemate of the unappealing 8yo mare Dawn's Little Lady.
From a 2m2f-3m winning hurdler (Kopylova); is returning from a 551-day absence and is very difficult to consider on the basis of all known form; stable second string to the unraced Winged Isle.
Yeats mare; wasn't entirely disgraced when a keeping on fourth (beaten 7½L) to the Venetia Williams-trained Eleanor Bob in a mares' maiden at Leicester (2m4½f, heavy); less promising (raced wide) over C&D subsequently.
Fourth foal; half-sister to the 1m6f/2m winner Wishing Well; looked devoid of any ability on sole Flat start at Kempton (1m4f) in August 2018; off since (for 504 days); needs a minor miracle on hurdles debut.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Olly MurphyJ: Aidan Coleman|
Kalooki (11/8), Come On Teddy (5/2), Major Dundee (7/1), Silent Assistant (8/1), Now Is The Winter (10/1), Cronins Hill (16/1), Aquila Sky (16/1), Voyage De Retour (20/1), Jessie Lightfoot (40/1), Jamboulet (80/1), For Luck (100/1), Push Ahead (100/1), Winged Isle (100/1), The Awesome Alice (100/1), Dawn's Little Lady (100/1)
- Major Dundee
- Aquila Sky
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