14:10 Doncaster Tue 14 January 2020
Useful hurdler in France for Francois Cottin, and second in Listed company last time, and just about the pick of these based on official handicap marks. In good hands for switch to fences, and market informative.
Best effort over fences when second of 6 to Western Ryder at Ludlow on penultimate start. Filled same spot there last time, staying on again having been outpaced. Stiffer test here should suit.
Scored over hurdles at Market Rasen (2m2½f) a year ago, and was just behind Cotswold Way at Ludlow last time when brought down four out. Not taken lightly as pair clash again.
Showed quite useful form over hurdles last winter, but failed to complete on final two starts, and again on chase debut at Cheltenham last month. Cheekpieces tried now, but he has something to prove.
Won maiden at Chepstow on hurdles bow last season, but a little disappointing in handicaps on last two starts. Meeting superior rivals on chase debut now, and will do well to figure.
Won a maiden hurdle at Sligo in August 2018 to add to bumper/point successes, but left Willie Mullins after finishing lame there in April, and questions to answer after an absence for new connections.
Won his first two starts over hurdles last season, and initially rated 145. Not gone on as expected since, but quite a raw sort, and may yet progress having had wind surgery prior to latest fourth of 7 to Master Tommytucker on Kempton chase debut.
Won a 2m handicap hurdle at Leicester a year ago, and ran to a similar level when third of 8 to Newtown Boy at Haydock last month. Not bred for chasing, but has physical scope, and one to note trying fences for the first time.
Last Year's Winner
Caribean Boy (10/3), The Big Bite (7/2), Cotswold Way (7/2), Garrettstown (6/1), Turning Gold (7/1), Nestor Park (9/1), Senior Citizen (12/1), Stay Humble (40/1)
- Caribean Boy
- Cotswold Way
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