14:40 Warwick Wed 22 January 2020
Hat-trick bid was foiled last time out when he was a 19-length second at Uttoxeter (2m7f; heavy) in atrocious conditions. Been raised 9lb since then, and his yard are out of form. Not fully exposed, but looks vulnerable.
Got off the mark at the seventh attempt over hurdles when winning by a head at Uttoxeter (2m7f; heavy) on New Year's Eve. 7lb higher mark to contend with as he returns to handicap company, but there was a 23-length gap back to the third.
Suffered a reverse in form with Mercian Knight who outstayed him at Doncaster (3m; good to soft) last month. Shown more than enough in novice company to suggest he can enjoy plenty of success in handicaps. Opening mark seems fair enough.
Not progressed in handicaps as one would have expected. This is a slight ease in grade, after she suffered a heavy reverse at Kempton (3m; soft) last month. Been in quiet form for a while now, so looks one to oppose.
14-race maiden, and he was virtually tailed-off over fences at Ffos Las (3m1f; heavy) last month. Has first hurdles start since November 2018, and is up against a band of in-form rivals. Best watched with that in mind.
Shed her maiden tag at Ascot (2m7f; heavy) last time out, and the form of that race has since been franked by the runner-up. Up 7lb after that career-best effort, and pitched into a class three for the first time. Unexposed so has claims.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs Caroline BaileyJ: S Bowen|
Flowing Cadenza (2/1), Golden Sovereign (11/4), Terrierman (3/1), Good And Hardy (11/2), Shantung (10/1), Frankly Speaking (40/1)
- Golden Sovereign
- Flowing Cadenza