Monday 21 September 2020
Biffa Waste Services Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Div 1)
Class 5 | 2m | Good (Good to Firm in places) | 11 Runners | Turf
Off time: 13:45 | Winning time: 3m 39.23s
Scored over fences off an 11 lb higher mark last season, but didn't shown much in 3 runs in this sphere during the back end of last year. Market may prove a useful guide on return following wind op.
Showed a fair bit to work on when third in a Worcester maiden (20f) on debut last summer and whilst below that level twice thereafter it's feasible to expect improvement now handicapping on return.
Fair Flat winner who has shaped creditably both starts upon returning to action this summer, latterly when fourth at Perth (2m) 2 weeks ago. Should go well again in refitted cheekpieces.
Displaying more positive signs of late, catching the eye when fourth on handicap debut at Uttoxeter (20f) last month, leading on bridle 2 out and no extra only late on. He's capable of better still.
Best effort for present yard when fourth in a C&D handicap on return last winter but disappointed thereafter and his Fontwell return in August lacked a great deal of encouragement. Cheekpieces added.
Encouragement to glean from trio of starts in novice/maiden hurdles but failed to improve immediately when midfield on handicap debut at Market Rasen (18.6f) back in December. Early days.
Fair 11f winner on Flat for Marjorie Fife in 2018 but yet to show much since for current yard over hurdles, pulling up in Stratford handicap on resumption. Others appeal more.
Still without success following 14 attempts in this sphere, but claims judged on bits and pieces of form, not least when runner-up at Southwell (20.3f) from 9 lb higher mark last winter.
Poor maiden hurdler who has failed to complete on 3 of his 5 starts since the restart and didn't offer a great deal when midfield at Uttoxeter (15.7f) 12 days ago. Visor now the headgear of choice.
Backed at long odds and step back in right direction when third at Plumpton (15.9f) in January 2019. Pulled up at that venue when last seen at the start of the year though, and back from another break
Modest maiden who showed a bit over hurdles again at Newton Abbot on July's return, but well beaten over hurdles/on Flat since and no easy task on here from out the weights. Blinkered.
Kabrit (11/4), Cremant (3/1), Happy B (10/3), Billy Ray (5/1), Catlow (9/1), Tayzar (11/1), Lester Kris (14/1), Dream Baie (16/1), Ishyaboi (20/1), Red Charmer (25/1), Last Chance Paddy (33/1), Mi Laddo (40/1)
CREMANT is going the right way, catching the eye on handicap debut at Uttoxeter last month with residual greenness possibly at play close home. He's the type to progress again as he gains further experience and gets the nod back down in trip. Kabrit has been running well and is feared, along with handicap debutant Happy B.
- CREMANT (IRE)
- KABRIT (IRE)
- HAPPY B (IRE)