12:45 Ludlow Wed 8 January 2020
Won at Auteuil in France (2m1½f, heavy) prior to joining Nicholls and McManus; sent off 5-2f for a Grade 2 contest at Cheltenham (2m½f, soft) in November - well beaten sixth of ten to Allmankind; now sports a tongue-tie.
Quirky; inconsistent over hurdles to date, failing to progress (albeit in graded company) since beating Paeso by 2½L at Kempton (2m, good) in October; should appreciate the switch to this Flat track; can't be discounted.
Won three times on the Flat (1m2f-1m4f) during the height of the summer; finished a modest eighth of 15 on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m, soft) four weeks ago.
Fourth foal (unsold at €16,500 as a foal); hooded as he starts his racing career for a respected handler; is a half-brother to the bumper winner Dares To Dream.
Flat maiden (0-6); placed off a mark of 71 at Wolverhampton (1m1½f) in April; whipped around at the start and slowly away on hurdles debut at Plumpton (2m1½f, soft) four weeks ago.
Won on the AW at Wolverhampton (1m1½f) for former handler James Tate; joined this trainer for 14,000gns in May; started 33-1 for hurdles debut at Newbury (2m+, soft) three weeks ago, finishing sixth of 11 to Fraser Island.
Runner-up (beaten 5L) on the AW at Kempton (1m4f) in early December; either side of that effort he's looked far removed from the top rank of hurdlers at Seven Barrows.
Stayed on strongly to score from a mark of 61 at Southwell (1m4f Class 6 handicap) in November; weakened quickly when tailed-off on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m, soft) subsequently.
Lowly rated Flat maiden (0-7); no positives whatsoever to take from his opening couple of starts over hurdles; look elsewhere confidently.
Former Irish racer (Jim Bolger); joined the Grand National winning trainer Dr Richard Newland for 18,000gns at the Newmarket Autumn Sale; in deep at Listed level (Aintree, 2m1f soft) on hurdles debut; this looks more realistic; still early days.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C J MannJ: N D Fehily|
Mick Pastor (6/4), Operatic Export (2/1), Prefontaine (9/2), Peckinpah (14/1), Hydroplane (16/1), Torolight (16/1), Leading Knight (20/1), Twpsyn (33/1), Percy Alexander (66/1), Lucky Circle (100/1)
- Mick Pastor
- Operatic Export
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