14:25 Ayr Sun 19 January 2020
Rediscovered the winning thread with a game short-head success (made all and jumped well) at Carlisle (3m2f, heavy) five weeks ago; 3lb higher in the weights; is fully effective at this track - beaten 2¼L (second) in this contest last year.
Went down fighting (pecked at the final fence) at Sedgefield (3m2½f, soft) on his penultimate start - just his second run over fences; turned in a laboured effort in a competitive Class 3 (novices' limited handicap chase) at Chepstow subsequently.
Bred for chasing as a brother to the 4m stayer Knockanrawley; disappointingly weak in the finish at Newcastle (2m7½f, soft) in late November; that form has worked out well; mildly interesting post wind surgery with trainer also in much better form.
Veteran; thrives on a test of stamina on soft/heavy ground; isn't the force of old but was clearly rejuvenated by first-time blinkers at Kelso (3m2f, soft) three weeks ago, beating Total Assets by 8L; feasibly weighted off a 6lb higher mark.
Decisive winner of the Buccleuch Cup at Kelso (3m2f, heavy) in April 2018; didn't race last season for Rose Dobbin before moving on to Nick Alexander; should strip fitter for stable/handicap debut fourth (beaten 42L) at Newcastle 38 days ago.
Lightly raced rules maiden (0-6); runner-up in two of his three starts over fences (both at Newcastle); was put soundly in his place by the fluent-fencing Capard King (Diamond Brig fourth) on soft ground 38 days ago.
With Evan Williams when winning a Ffos Las (3m, heavy) novices' hurdle in November 2017; sold cheaply (for £800) in December 2019; pulled-up on both starts for William Young Jnr and looks something off a lost cause; mark is easing.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A M ThomsonJ: Rachel McDonald|
Donna's Delight (2/1), Speak Of The Devil (4/1), Another Emotion (9/2), Diamond Brig (5/1), Teddy Tee (7/1), Samstown (15/2), Apollo Creed (40/1)
- Teddy Tee
- Donna's Delight
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