14:30 Catterick Wed 22 January 2020
- Kingmaker Racedays Celebrates Mary Harle's 100th Birthday Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3)
- 2m 3f 51y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Jumped like a pro when winning over C&D on chase bow in November; second to useful sort at Doncaster next time and winner over 2m at Newcastle earlier this month despite slow pace. Type to go well back around here over this trip.
Progressive last year over hurdles, winning three of four starts including here; not as good so far in two chase starts however and plenty to find with Schiehallion Munro on November's C&D meeting.
Ran into Sam Spinner when third on chasing bow at Wetherby in October and then outclass in Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown (2m, soft; 33-1) next time out. This looks a more realistic target and return to this trip a positive.
Led at second last on chase bow in Leicester Novices' Handicap last month over 2m6½f before fading to finish sixth of seven (beaten 5½L). Drops in distance and seemingly preferred by bang in-form Nice De Boinville over stablemate Dream Du Grand Val.
Three-time winner over hurdles, makes first start over the larger obstacles and will need to take to this sphere quickly to make impact today.
Winner of a couple of hurdles races at modest level, improved on second start over fences to be third of six at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy; 6-1) on New Year's Eve and probably needs to take another step forward now.
Last Year's Winner
Schiehallion Munro (3/1), Before Midnight (10/3), Return Ticket (4/1), Diamond Fort (4/1), Dream Du Grand Val (9/2), Crixus's Escape (11/2), The Some Dance Kid (12/1)
- Schiehallion Munro
- Return Ticket
- Before Midnight