15:35 Catterick Wed 22 January 2020
- Only 1000 RacingTV Free Trials Available Conditional Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase (Class 4)
- 3m 1f 54y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
- 5 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Just 2-37 over fences and often makes the frame (10 times); running solid races around Wetherby this winter and could pick up some reward now taking on a veterans' chase.
Fine second in valuable Grand National Trial at Punchestown in February but has gone the wrong way since and left Joseph O'Brien for £9,000 in September. Rare jumps runner for Irish trainer who does well with the Flat horses in Britain. Intersting.
Most recent of three career wins came in November 2016; Kelso effort from April past would have him in the mix for this, though more recent efforts less inspiring. One hurdles run around here was decent.
Needs a real stamina test to be at best these days, as seen at Ayr (3m3f, good to soft; third) a year ago; pulled up both starts since either side of a 328-day layoff, latest being 10 days ago at Kelso. Hard to be confident.
Went close at Warwick in November (3m1½f, good to soft; 25-1) and rather unfortunate to go up 5lb for finishing second. Poor since at Sandown in December but that was a stronger race than this one; considered.
Last Year's Winner
Valadom (15/8), Wishmoor (15/8), Silver Tassie (10/3), Ash Park (10/1), Follow The Swallow (10/1)
- Follow The Swallow
- Silver Tassie