15:35 Ascot Sat 18 January 2020
Unlucky not to win first time out when carried out at the last but followed up emphatically over C&D next in another handicap. Disappointing in Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton. Should be more effective here but third probably best he can aim for.
Dual Grade 1 winning novice 2-2 this season including when winning Grade 1 Tingle Creek by a neck from Un De Sceaux. Disappointing in only prior start here over hurdles but that the only concern as he bids to confirm himself the leading 2 miler.
Won the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter first time out before finishing 9L behind Defi Du Seuil (Un De Sceaux second) in the Tingle Creek. No real excuses there so looks likely to finish behind that pair again today.
Likable sort an emphatic winner of a Wetherby handicap last time but had been well beaten by Capeland the time before in a C&D handicap. On all known form he warrants his place as the rank outsider.
10-time Grade 1 winner among the most popular horses in training. Showed he still has it when a neck second to Defi Du Seuil in the Tingle Creek. Won this in 2016, 2017 (at Cheltenham) and 2018 and could very easily turn the tables now.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Defi Du Seuil (11/10), Un De Sceaux (11/10), Janika (8/1), Capeland (25/1), Marracudja (66/1)
- Un De Sceaux
- Defi Du Seuil
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