14:10 Market Rasen Thu 16 January 2020
Still yet to win over fences (0-16) and clearly isn't the most straightforward of characters; that said; he couldn't be totally dismissed on some of his better efforts (with the possibility that first-time blinkers can have a galvanising effect).
Despite visibly tiring from the back of the final fence, he completed the hat-trick when winning here (2m1f, soft) on Boxing Day; sits 5lb higher in the weights needing yet another career best in order to land the four-timer; stays 2m4f.
Consistent in three starts this term and appreciates cut underfoot; emerged with credit despite finishing last of the three to complete at Wetherby (2m3½f, soft) on Boxing Day; is another solid ride for title-seeking Brian Hughes.
On an upward curve over hurdles for Olly Murphy during the 2017/18 season; back from a long absence (655 days) over fences for Gary Moore of late; rock-solid second to Tea Time On Mars at Exeter (2m3½f, soft) on New Year's Day; 3lb higher.
Beaten a neck by Un Guet Apens (from an 8lb higher mark) at Kelso (2m5½f, soft) around this time last year; fitness is taken on trust on return from a seven-month absence; others are preferred.
Made the frame (third to Celtic Joy) on chasing debut at Kempton (2m2f, good) in October and generally appears better suited to right-handed tracks; made mistakes at Wincanton subsequently and this is somewhat of a recovery mission; 1-18 career.
Form figures this season (P3PP5) make for fairly dismal viewing, although the handicapper has cut him some slack since his May 2019 C&D success (now 2lb lower); has a mountain to climb with Zolfo on the basis of Boxing Day form.
Saves his better efforts for a sound surface at Musselburgh - with hindsight faced a very tough task there against Defi Sacre on his penultimate start; has occasionally given the impression that he's a shade 'soft' in the heat of a battle; ground?
Last Year's Winner
|Value At Risk||10||12-1||7/1|
|T: D SkeltonJ: William Marshall|
Ballinslea Bridge (3/1), Ramonex (7/2), Lithic (4/1), Just Don't Ask (9/2), Zolfo (7/1), Tiffin Top (11/1), Sporting Press (14/1), Bandsman (18/1)
- Ballinslea Bridge
- Just Don't Ask
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