13:30 Exeter Tue 21 January 2020
Made all when winning at Kelso last February and only lightly raced since; has missed several other engagements en route to this; stayed this sort of trip during his time in France and this is a big drop in class for his chasing debut; respected.
Does have experience of these fences (notably when he finished fourth behind high-class stablemate Defi Du Seuil here in December 2018); but was off for a long time after that run and didn't impress in two starts at the back-end of last year.
Handled heavy ground and did well for this yard on several occasions in France; pulled up in a Grade 3 over hurdles when last seen but had previously made the frame in a Listed race at Auteuil last September. Worth a betting check on chase debut.
Has ability and no issues with the trip. However, he failed to complete after making mistakes on his first try over fences at Huntingdon last month and needs to post a much more accomplished display to get competitive here. (Cheekpieces now added.)
Last Year's Winner
Westend Story (11/8), Fox Pro (11/4), Breaking Waves (4/1), Dream Du Grand Val (4/1), Golden Whisky (7/1)
- Golden Whisky
- Dream Du Grand Val
- Westend Story