15:45 Haydock Sat 18 January 2020
Useful handicap chaser who was slightly tumbling in the weights and took advantage of that with victory at Kelso (2m1f) last time out. Back up 4lb so handicapper is taking no chances.
Yet to really fire since switching to the UK and not figured in two chase starts yet. Wind surgery didn't do the trick when 25L defeat at Kempton (2m4f) on Boxing Day and plenty to prove off this weight.
Sole success came over in France and has failed to complete in his last three starts. Was running a bold race when unseating two out at Taunton (2m) on chasing debut. Not to be discounted if jumping improves.
Winner over fences a year ago before keen tendency seemingly told last season. Latest chase start riddled with mistakes over C&D and needs to improve on that. Likely front-runner.
Last chase win came over a year ago and rarely threatened as of late, including 14L defeat at Newbury (2m) on last start. Dropped a further 3lb and well below last winning mark now.
Deep ground novice hurdle winner and took chasing form to a better level when staying-on winner at Hereford (2m) in mid-December. 5lb rise seems fair but entitled to go well again.
Faller on two of his last three starts which is a concern but evaporated them doubts with nice success at Ayr (2m) earlier this month. Hit with 7lb rise but not one to be discounted.
Rattled up two wins in a row - both at Ayr - around this time last year and made return from long absence with good second at Doncaster (2m3f) last month. Entitled to come forward for this.
Veteran who typically has fine form on testing ground at this venue but not as good on last two starts, including 13L third over C&D last month. Only dropped 1lb so not getting respite in the weights.
Gradually improving this season and rewarded for that with narrow success at Wincanton (1m7f) on Boxing Day. 4lb worse off now but levelled out by 7lb claimer. Leading claims on that evidence.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W GreatrexJ: D A Jacob|
Billingsley (5/2), Muratello (7/2), Zizaneur (11/2), Le Coeur Net (8/1), Sir Egbert (9/1), Go Long (11/1), Clan Legend (14/1), Ubaltique (16/1), Ard Chros (16/1), Fiddlers Bow (33/1)
- Le Coeur Net
- Ard Chros
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