13:10 Market Rasen Thu 16 January 2020
Course winner (2m2½f, good) on hurdles debut; has found life fairly tough going since sent handicapping; slowly easing in the weights and sporting first-time cheekpieces.
With Ben Case when winning a 2m5½f novices' hurdle at Hereford (good) last March; wholly regressive over fences since (including on two attempts for his current trainer).
Campaigned exclusively at Wetherby since November 2018; 2lb lower than when finishing 3L third to Sakhee's City (2m3½f, soft) on his penultimate start; some stamina reservations over 2m7f.
12-race maiden; off the track for 621 days since finishing fourth of 16 for Nick Gifford in a 2m6½f novices' handicap chase at Uttoxeter (good); feasibly weighted with fitness taken on trust.
Lightly raced mare (0-5); has had wind surgery (is also fitted with a tongue-tie) since finishing a weakening sixth of 12 to Winter Getaway at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in November; handicap debut.
Stayed on stoutly when winning a conditional jockeys' handicap at Huntingdon (2m4½f, good) last April; largely disappointing since and still 6lb above that 'winning' mark; cheekpieces are now applied.
No win since October 2014 (Fontwell) although in fairness has had various absences from the track; now rated 12lb lower than when starting the season at Chepstow (2m7½f) in October.
Three wins over fences (including at this track); failed to threaten to exploit a favourable hurdles mark at Taunton (3m, soft) 17 days ago, yet could feasibly enter the equation in this weaker Class 4 contest.
Bumped into the much talked about Little Rory Mac when filling the frame over 2m½f here (soft) on debut for Jennie Candlish; has the stamina in his pedigree/family to suggest that he should cope with this hike in trip; of interest.
Last Year's Winner
|T: B EllisonJ: B S Hughes|
Oscars Leader (15/8), Highway Girl (9/2), Compadre (11/2), Blue Hussar (7/1), Seemingly So (7/1), Ratfacemcdougall (9/1), Lord Sparky (14/1), The Wallace Line (25/1), Puppet Warrior (40/1)
- Oscars Leader
- Highway Girl
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