16:15 Haydock Sat 18 January 2020
Dour stayer who sprung a surprise when winning the Scottish Grand National (4m) last season. Proved it was no fluke with success in 3m Rehearsal Chase last time out. 8lb better off over hurdles but has bigger targets in sight.
Didn't get involved in last year's Cheltenham/Aintree festivals. Returned with second at Wetherby (2m3f) but was beaten 12L at Aintree (2m3f) last month. Still needs to prove he really stays this trip.
Easy winner of two hurdle races at Ffos Las (2m) during November/December but found wanting at Listed level at Taunton (2m) last time out. Back into handicap company and tries this trip for the first time.
Was failing to figure in three hurdles starts this season but appreciated drop in grade when winning at Uttoxeter (2m7f) around a month ago. Hiked up 10lb which puts him back in this company.
Has some form behind smart rivals when trained in Ireland but yet to fire in two starts for this yard, including 31L defeat at Doncaster at the end of December. Frustrating sort who may be on a downward spiral.
Winner at Uttoxeter in November but found slightly wanting off higher marks the last twice, including 8L third over C&D last month. Dropped 1lb now so is starting to be given some leniency. Considered.
Yet to win under rules but was a good second at Southwell two starts ago. Awful when making plenty of mistakes before unseating at Chepstow (2m7f) last month. Needs to jump significantly better.
Had some good form at this level in 2017/18 season but blighted by injuries since. Made first start for 394 days when pulling up at Bangor(3m) last month but entitled to have needed that.
Remains a maiden in eight starts under point-to-points and rules and rallied well to take third at Newcastle (2m6f) in December. On a workable mark and there is a chance more is to come.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss E C LavelleJ: Adam Wedge|
Dr Des (7/2), Silva Eclipse (4/1), Deja Vue (4/1), Duc De Grissay (9/2), Takingrisks (9/1), Imperial Knight (10/1), Mount Mews (12/1), Gangster (14/1), King Uther (20/1), Woulduadamandeveit (25/1)
- Duc De Grissay
- Imperial Knight
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