13:40 Market Rasen Thu 16 January 2020
Didn't appear to be the most straightforward of conveyances when a beaten odds-on favourite at Fakenham (2m4f, soft) last month; that said, his solid back-catalogue of bumper form earns him another chance at a more conventional track.
Fair to say that he hasn't quite fulfilled his obvious potential (sole win came at this track in a 2m maiden in October 2017); is easing in the weights but might ideally prefer a sound racing surface.
Catterick bumper winner who is steadily improving with experience over hurdles (0-4); finished a one-paced third to Methag (El Kaldoun second) on handicap debut at Doncaster (2m3½f novices') in December; a probable player.
Progressive during the early months of 2019 (five wins); kept on from off the pace to score off this mark at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) in April; low-key since, albeit probably needed the run at Warwick on New Year's Eve.
Consistent without winning for many a moon; raced prominently throughout, but was ultimately no match for the Irish raider Duchess Ravenwaves at Hexham (2m, heavy) on his penultimate start.
Polytrack bumper winner (Nov 2018); basically is low-mileage over hurdles (0-4); finished second (just in front of Floating Rock) at Doncaster (2m3½f nov h'cap) 34 days ago; attractively weighted if factoring in the 10lb claim of Mr J A Anderson.
Just held when runner-up at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) in September; has since left the care of Nigel Hawke and is yet to remotely threaten to deliver the goods for Conor Dore; stablemate of Collodi.
In touch when brought down at the third last on his return to the track at Exeter (2m7f, soft) in November; handles soft ground and just 3lb higher than when winning a similar CJ's handicap at Huntingdon (2m3½f) two years ago.
Plugged on to finish fourth on her return to the smaller obstacles at Fontwell (2m6f, soft) on Boxing Day; her previous form figures of PPF would raise plenty of questioning eyebrows.
Produced his best performance under rules (by some margin) when scoring at odds of 20-1 at Ffos Las (2m maiden, heavy) 31 days ago; appears reasonably handicapped from an opening mark of 103.
Often proficient during January; ready winner of this contest from an 8lb higher mark in 2019 (beat Friday Night Light by 5L); isn't getting any younger and that's perhaps his main barrier to further success; can't be wholly dismissed yet though.
Below-par since a productive spell in the spring/summer of 2019; on balance his overall form isn't the strongest anyway and it's difficult to envisage a scenario where he'll be troubling the judge; stablemate of Farmer Boy.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs S J SmithJ: K Yeoman|
El Kaldoun (3/1), Strong Glance (7/2), Demon D'Aunou (9/2), Floating Rock (9/2), Ratoute Yutty (10/1), Sleepy Haven (14/1), Just So Cool (25/1), Farmer Boy (25/1), Minella Fiveo (25/1), Uno Mas (25/1), Freedelivery (25/1), Collodi (50/1)
- El Kaldoun
- Floating Rock
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