15:25 Newbury Wed 15 January 2020
Has some very useful hurdles form to his name, including a defeat of the tough Tobefair at Chepstow last year, and possibly a shade unlucky on chase debut at Chepstow last month. Clear round here and he could be on the premises.
Looks useful when he gets it right, as he did at Haydock last April (hurdles) and ran well on chase debut at Uttoxeter in October, form that is working out well. Latest effort best forgiven and he may well progress again today.
Showed a good attitude to hold off De Name Evades Me at Exeter two starts ago but just below that form here last time out. Now tries cheekpieces, which may help, and soft ground no issue. Not discounted.
Thorough stayer that scored at Sandown last month and ran as well in heavy ground at Wincanton last time out. Seems to have refound his mojo this winter and this test looks most suitable. Solid chance.
Very well backed at big prices here last time out and looked like rewarding e/w backers before falling at the last. Jumping always something of an issue with him but conditions ideal again, and will give it a go from the front.
Nothing wrong with his overall form but he's becoming hard to win with, and has faded out of things a bit quickly last two starts; wind operation might do the trick, but ground may be plenty soft enough all the same.
Has the scope for fences but is coming back from a very long absence here, having last been seen out in the May of 2018, and likely he will need the run for a yard still struggling for winners this winter. Best watched.
Placed last four starts but in truth has been well beaten on his last two starts and is arguably tacking tougher company here. Has scope for improvement but will need it, and jury still out as to whether soft/heavy really suits.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden|
Samburu Shujaa (3/1), Notachance (4/1), Indy Five (5/1), Le Boizelo (13/2), Django Django (7/1), Reallyradical (15/2), Scotchtown (10/1), Linenhall (16/1)
- Django Django
- Samburu Shujaa
- Indy Five
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