13:50 Ludlow Thu 16 January 2020
Pretty easy to rule out, given he failed to show much encouragement when a never dangerous seventh on second start over hurdles at Hereford (2m5f; heavy) last month. Plenty more needed if he is to feature.
Bumped into one when a 26-length second to Adrimel at Uttoxeter (2m; heavy) on his seasonal reappearance. Step up in trip should suit given he is related to winners over 2m7f/3m. Interesting contender on hurdles debut.
Showed sizeable improvement to come on significantly from his debut effort to finish runner-up at Warwick (2m; heavy) last month. Now steps up in trip on hurdles debut, and is the preferred choice of Nico De Boinville which could prove significant.
Four-race maiden over hurdles, but was a respectable fourth behind the exciting Harry Senior at Chepstow (2m3f; heavy) on Welsh National Day. Looks the stable first-string based on jockey bookings, and this looks less competitive on paper.
Consistent sort but his record over hurdles now stands at 0-5. Beginning to prove very frustrating (turned over as a favourite the last twice), but is highly likely to be in the mix once more. Opposable for win purposes though.
Powerful stable remain in healthy form (currently operating at a 28% strike-rate), and he showed definite promise on rules debut in a bumper on Boxing Day when third at Wincanton (2m; heavy). Now starts out over hurdles, and has place claims.
Drops back slightly in trip to 2m5f after never looking a threat on either of his two starts over hurdles behind the talented Jepeck. Looks more of a handicap project, and others have more pressing claims.
Finished down the field (8th) on hurdles debut at Cheltenham (2m; good to soft) in what is turning out to be a strong race. Not seen over obstacles since but did finish sixth of seven on the level at Lingfield (1m4f; standard) 12 days ago.
Placed in bumpers last season behind a potentially above-average pair of Paul Nicholls inmates. Something was obviously amiss when he was pulled-up at Warwick (2m5f; heavy) on hurdles debut. Definitely worth another chance in an open contest.
Not disgraced when sixth over 2m at this track in a bumper over C&D on her penultimate start. Now steps up to 2m5f on hurdles debut but is required to bounce back after a posting a lesser effort at Warwick (2m; good to soft) back in November.
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Gosheven (11/10), I'm Wiser Now (2/1), Ashtown Lad (7/2), Laxey (5/1), Sleight Of Hand (10/1), Felony (12/1), Ship Of The Fen (14/1), Oscar Asche (20/1), Big Data (20/1), No Strangers Here (20/1), Arvico's Light (100/1), Secret Court (100/1), Sleptwithmebootson (100/1)
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