16:10 Ascot Sat 15 February 2020
Ploughed through the mud when winning at Lingfield (2m3½f, heavy); didn't quite get home when runner-up at Wincanton (2m5½f) subsequently; sits 5lb higher with stamina to conclusively prove; second preference is at Wincanton (3.23pm).
Progressive in defeat since comfortably taking an early season Exeter novice (2m2½f, good); was bang in contention until approaching the final flight when fourth (beaten 4L) to Falco Blitz here (2m5½f, heavy) four weeks ago; 1lb higher.
Hereford novice scorer (2m3½f, soft); made a pleasing handicap debut when going down fighting to Kansas City Chief at Taunton (3m, soft) over the festive period; sits 4lb higher in the weights.
Prominent racer who appears to be most effective when the mud is flying; kept on gamely from the final flight to repel Hideaway Vic in a five-runner affair at Taunton (3m1f, heavy) three weeks ago; 5lb higher; needs a career best.
Tralee point winner prior to joining Emma Lavelle for £50,000 (May 2018); brought along steadily since, showing signs of improved form in novice events (distant fourth to Kalooki at Ludlow (2m5½f, soft)); is making his handicap debut.
Sprung a 20-1 surprise in a novice contest at Taunton (2m½f, good to soft) in November; hasn't shown the same level of form in two subsequent starts, including on handicap debut at Newbury four weeks ago; stamina to prove at 3m.
Lightly raced 6yo; hacked up in a modest maiden in the mud at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) prior to Christmas; stayed on to take third in a stronger race at Wincanton (2m5½f novices') a fortnight later; a noteworthy handicap debutant.
All out winner of a Thurles maiden hurdle (2m6½f, good to firm) for Joseph O'Brien in November 2018; left that trainer after appearing on the Polytrack at Dundalk in February 2019; no promise in a visor (66-1) on recent debut for Tim Vaughan.
Always in the front rank when scoring by 2½L in a Class 3 C&D mares' handicap hurdle (soft) in November; although less proficient elsewhere since (Kempton & Ludlow) she remains feasibly weighted from just a 4lb higher mark.
Cost £100,000 out of the Irish point-to-point scene (Apr 2019); brought along steadily by Dan Skelton, producing a career best in defeat (beaten a nose by Steal A March) in a Hereford novice (2m5½f, heavy) in December; interesting handicap debutant.
Left some modest novice hurdle form behind when winning with any amount in hand on handicap debut at Exeter (2m2½f; heavy); 12lb higher competing over an extra 5f; has been re-routed from yesterday's abandoned Sandown fixture.
Just held (beaten a neck) at Taunton (3m, good to soft) on his penultimate start; couldn't recover (fourth) after clipping heels on the final bend over C&D (heavy) prior to Christmas; tongue-tie applied with further improvement thought probable.
Inconsistent; was never going well when beaten out of sight in this race 12 months ago and threw in another laboured effort (behind Tambura) at Plumpton latest; sits 6lb higher than when winning at Lingfield (2m7f, heavy) in early January.
Seven-race maiden with a fairly regressive profile (handicap mark is easing noticeably); held no chance with the front pair when a remote third of five to Teescomponents Lad at Catterick (3m1½f, soft) 15 days ago; look elsewhere.
Dual purpose performer (69-rated on the Flat); 2-8 over hurdles, including when holding on determinedly over 2m7½f at Fakenham (good to soft) on New Year's Day; 3lb higher in a more competitive contest (Cl 3); stable in-form on the AW.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
St Barts (2/1), Endless Flight (7/1), Normandy Soldier (8/1), Thegallantway (9/1), Easyrun De Vassy (9/1), Maypole Class (10/1), Silent Assistant (12/1), Vaziani (14/1), Frisson Collonges (14/1), Orchard Thieves (14/1), Coillte Eile (16/1), Taj Badalandabad (16/1), Tambura (20/1), Be My Sea (25/1), Jully Les Buxy (40/1), Talktomenow (40/1), Who Shot Jr (66/1), Los Alamos (100/1)
- Frisson Collonges
- Normandy Soldier
- St Barts