13:35 Lingfield Mon 13 January 2020
Appeared to be on the up over fences (3m1½f Plumpton winner; heavy) before turning in a lousy effort (always in the rear) at Huntingdon five weeks ago; 7lb above that 'winning' mark; can't be ruled out of contention.
Kept on for pressure when finishing 3L third to Pres on chasing debut here (2m7½f, heavy) in November - that was a career best performance; much more modest at Leicester since; one of the likelier candidates in a weak race.
17-race maiden (0-9 fences) who sports the dubious honour of newly applied cheekpieces; lacked any real fluency over his obstacles despite going down narrowly in a three-way tussle at Leicester (2m, gd/soft) in mid-December; chance.
Has hardly excelled in three starts over hurdles for Chris Gordon; from a family of chasers (a distant relation to Dublin Flyer) there could be better to come over the larger obstacles; a market watching/monitoring brief is advised.
Heavy ground Ffos Las bumper winner (on debut in December 2017); hasn't proved to be any great shakes over hurdles (0-7) so we'll simply elect to wait and see how he fares over fences (debut).
Eight-race maiden; 17-2 when finishing almost 25L sixth (of eight) to Elite Garde on chasing debut at Leicester (2m6½f, good to soft); needs to do a whole lot better on this occasion in order to make his mark.
11-race maiden; outclassed (100-1) when a remote last of three on chasing debut at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) eight days ago; although out of the handicap proper, this is a much more realistic target; still can't be fancied.
Has scarcely beaten a single rival in six previous starts (three bumpers and three novice/maiden hurdles); cheekpieces are applied on chasing debut; no chance barring accidents.
Has more letters than numbers next to his name; has shown no worthwhile form since winning a 3m maiden at Howick (only two finished) in February 2019; needs a minor miracle; look elsewhere.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R G HawkerJ: Shane Quinlan|
Colonel Keating (11/4), Echo Watt (3/1), Flight To Milan (11/2), Crossley Tender (6/1), Moromac (13/2), Dorado Dollar (7/1), Impulsive Leader (16/1), Positive Touch (66/1), Bonne Nuit (66/1)
- Flight To Milan
- Colonel Keating
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