16:00 Newbury Wed 15 January 2020
Tailed off at huge prices all three starts and needs massive improvement from somewhere, or it'll be another dose of the same here.
Falco half-brother to 1m-9.5f winner Alberobello, but quite weak in the market for Ascot debut and finished well beaten. Yard do well in bumpers, but this one may need more time.
Hadn't shown an awful lot in point-to-points but belied his 50-1 price tag by finishing second in a Stratford bumper last May. Not seen since though, so might need the run.
Davidoff gelding that is related to plenty of French jump winners, and made a good debut himself at Southwell last month when staying on nicely under hand riding to finish second. Big player on that here.
Much-awaited debut for this brother to champion chaser Sprinter Sacre, cost €125,000 as a 2yo and clearly bred in the purple; yard have a 20% strike rate with their bumper runners here.
€20,000 as a 3yo, half-brother to chase/hurdles winner Hangover, and 2m hurdles winner Paradise Valley; yard 0-13 in bumpers here, which tempers confidence.
Cost £68,000 at Cheltenham sales last November after winning only point-to-point start the month before; plenty in the family stay well, and yard have a 12% strike rate in bumpers here.
€70,000 three-year-old by Great Pretender, staying chasing is going to be his game based on his pedigree but runner-up on debut at Hereford in November and if this turns into a staying contest, he'll have his say.
Cost £42,000 as a 3yo, easy winner of only point-to-point start in November and looks a useful prospect for the future; some real staying sorts in the family and yard have an excellent 29% strike rate in bumpers here.
Shirocco gelding, second foal, dam a bumper winner and a half-sister to three other winners; yard not renowned for bumper winners but are 2-11 here.
Black Sam Bellamy filly that is bred to stay much further than this; yard don't have bumper winners but she ran with great credit on her debut when runner-up at Uttoxeter, and has e/w chances on that.
Shantou gelding that cost just €12,000 as a 3yo; pedigree has some winners in it but yard tend to let theirs find their feet in these events, and he's best watched today.
Sixties Icon gelding that finished well beaten on debut at Wincanton last month, and needs plenty of improvement on that if he's to get involved here.
Last Year's Winner
|The Macon Lugnatic||5||11-4||11/2|
|T: B PaulingJ: David Bass|
Flinteur Sacre (2/1), Jay Bee Why (4/1), Your Darling (9/2), Party Fuzz (9/1), Fantastikas (10/1), Prince Escalus (14/1), Getaway Withit (16/1), Lightning Gold (16/1), Ballycallan Fame (16/1), Calvario (20/1), Daranova (33/1), Real Stone (33/1), Sheldon (50/1), The Topp Notes (150/1), Calgary Tiger (200/1)
- Flinteur Sacre
- Party Fuzz
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