12:55 Haydock Sat 18 January 2020
Improving sort. Knocked at the door on previous three starts and took a massive leap when easy 19L win at Newbury (2m) three days ago. Massive hike in weights but has a top 5lb conditional on board. Leading claims.
Easy winner at Kelso (2m1f) on first run this season but well held since. Last seen finishing 17L third in 2m1f Kelso handicap chase. Reverts to hurdles and calmer waters.
Fairly highly tried this season and running to outsider status accordingly. Tailed off over 2m3f here last time and looks to be facing another equally tough task.
Bolted up in Ffos Las handicap hurdle 11 months ago (2m) but yet to win since off higher marks. 7L second at Lingfield (2m) in December but may need more to trouble the judge.
December 2014 was when he last got on the scoreboard in a career hampered by injuries. Pulled up on return from 1343-day absence which makes him easy to dismiss.
Modest performer for Gordon Elliott and raced only once for this yard, finishing 19L sixth at Wetherby (2m) on Boxing Day. Needs more but may get better in time for this yard.
Point-to-point winner who had slowly been improving and rewarded for that when winning at Wetherby (2m) on Boxing Day. Only up 4lb which puts him right in the mix. Considered.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P A KirbyJ: Thomas Dowson|
Le Ligerien (1/2), Flamboyant Joyaux (11/4), Sastruga (7/1), Bonne Question (10/1), Serious Ego (20/1), Vengeur De Guye (40/1), Quinlandio (66/1), Notwhatiam (150/1)
- Le Ligerien
- Flamboyant Joyaux
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