15:20 Leicester Thu 9 January 2020
- Hose Thorns Handicap Chase (Class 4)
- 2m 4f 45y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- 11 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Handles slow ground, but all three career wins have come on good. 8lb higher than the last of those at Ludlow last February, but went close from this mark when last seen at Market Rasen in March. Yet to win when fresh but claims if ready first time.
0-9 so far, but both his chase runs have been better than his hurdles form. Was second from this mark at Hereford (2m5f, good) in the first of those, so can't rule him out, but has it to prove on ground slower than good.
Scored over a similar trip at Hexham (heavy; first-time cheekpieces) last March, when 3lb lower. Would have claims if able to get back to that level of form, but bit to prove after being pulled up at Catterick on last month's return from a break.
0-4 over fences, but produced a marginal best effort last time out when less than 2L third at Wincanton (2m4f, good) in a 0-110. Wasn't as good when it was soft the time before at Ffos Las, so a bit to prove on this ground, but not ruled out.
Won a mares' maiden hurdle at Towcester in 2017 (good to firm), but was in no sort of form in the autumn and despite slipping to a very handy mark, she does not inspire confidence that she can take her opportunity.
Dual chase winner from 2m1½f-2m5f, both on good to soft (handles it softer). Only seen once since May 2018, when pulled up on his reappearance at Lingfield in November. Only 2lb higher than his more recent win, but plenty to prove.
Veteran winner of four chases, the last of them here over 2m6½f (soft) in February 2017, when 25lb higher. Returns from an absence dating back to May 2018 and can only watch on this unusual reappearance for one his age.
0-20 under rules, but placed in 4-7 chases, including close second when 1lb higher at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) last May. Handles soft and can't rule him out, but looks more of an each-way than win prospect.
Sole chase win came in Ireland (2m4f) in 2015 when with Henry de Bromhead. On a 13-race losing run since then, and not easy to make a case for him on what we saw on his comeback from a lengthy absence at Taunton in November.
Has shown a little more at a lowly level in two runs for this trainer, the first over 2m4f at Huntingdon (good) and then here over 2m (good to soft) last time. Drops 2lb and not written off, though a bit to prove if conditions become testing.
1-15 over fences, having scored at Taunton (2m2f, soft) last March, when effectively on this same mark. Well held in all completed starts since, however, and others are preferred.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Evan WilliamsJ: Conor Ring|
Hurricane Arcadio (5/2), Quantum Of Solace (7/2), Apple Mack (5/1), Picknick Park (6/1), Cagliostro (8/1), Solid Strike (14/1), Fairy Pol (14/1), Gustav (16/1), Sunny Ledgend (20/1), Midnight Owle (25/1), Pierlow (33/1)
- Quantum Of Solace
- Hurricane Arcadio
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