Cheltenham Preview, 26-10-19

Cheltenham
Saturday October 26th

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Cheltenham 2.00
‘Matchbook Betting Exchange’ Handicap Chase Class 2
3m1f – Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
Over the Old Course – 19 runners

Cobra De Mai
Non-runner
Rock The Kasbah
Won the 3m3f chase over this course last November beating Royal Vacation, chased leader from 11th, ridden into 18th, niggled along from the top of the hill, not fluent 3 out, ridden home turn, led approaching 2 out, asserted approaching last, driven, wandered a little up the hill, ridden out and stayed on well last 100 yards. No form in three subsequent starts, already hopeless when brought down 19th in the Grand National and pulled up 16th in bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last two. Dropped to 150 and probably needs to slip more in the weights, but has a good record in the months of October and November
Minella Rocco
Completely fell off the map last season and completed a hattrick of pulled-ups in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, lost place 17th and pushed along, tailed off 19th and reminders, pulled up after 4 out. Many will be tempted, as he used to be 166 and now he’s 147, but his best with me last season was 140 and that was in a Pertemps Qualifier at Exeter over hurdles – not for me
Rocky’s Treasure
Won four of his first five novice chases including December Novices’ at Doncaster by 17 lengths from Theclockisticking. Not so good from January onwards, but a return to form of sorts on his last start when 2nd over the New Course here in April, with leaders at the top of the hill, upsides Cobra De Mai when pecked on landing 3 out, hard ridden and stayed on approaching home turn, couldn’t go with winner approaching 2 out, lost further ground between last 2, faded after last and was closed on by the 3rd, driven and kept on to hold the place, beaten 13 lengths. The ground might be important to him, with all his wins on good, but there are a couple of decent placed runs to his name on soft
Crosspark
Extreme trips were the making of this one last season – he won the Eider at Newcastle in February, then a smashing run when 2nd to Takingrisks in Scottish Grand National at Ayr in April, prominent after 21st, tracked leaders home turn, shaken up and every chance approaching 4 out, effort and led 3 out, driven, headed 2 out, stayed on, still half a chance last, hard driven and weakened last 100 yards. Going isn’t an issue and he might run a race on this reappearance
Royal Vacation
Nowhere near as reliable as he used to be and disappointed at Chepstow on his reappearance behind Ballyoptic, mistakes, chased leader going to 13th where slow, every chance home turn, pushed along, faded approaching 5 out, put under pressure but lost ground on 1st 3, well held 4 out, hung left and tired from 3 out, tailed off. Blinkers are left off this time – one of his best runs last season, 2nd to Rock The Kasbah over this track in November, was without any headgear – no knowing what we’ll get from him this time
The Young Master
Good season last term, wins on first two runs and good 2nd to Talkischeap in bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown to round it off, the game looking up going to the second last and his measure readily taken from the last. Fit from an outing on the Flat at Kempton on October 2nd (down the field), starts this season off a stiff 144 as a result but is still well in on some back form
Rolling Dylan
Best efforts last season when close 3rd to Cogry over the New Course here in December, pushed along 3 out, put under pressure approaching home turn, stayed on into 2nd going to 2 out, hard ridden, every chance approaching last, disputed lead on landing, hard driven, wandered right, one pace last 100 yards, was coming back at 1st 2 last strides, and a head 2nd to Samuel Jackson over 3m4f at Taunton in March,  led 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on and went a neck up, idled, mistake last, headed, hard driven, stayed on, pair clear, coming back at winner last couple of strides. Was a tailed-off 5th to Talkischeap in bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last outing, losing his place on the back straight. Doesn’t have a good fresh record, so opposed this time, but will be competitive later in the season
Shantou Village*
Only win last season at Worcester in August 2018,  led approaching 2 out, ridden along, stayed on, led a length last, hard driven, sustained effort and held narrow advantage, driven out to beat Above Board. Arguably would have made a winning reappearance but for an unseat at the last in Kerry National at Listowel won by Poker Party, started a move approaching 14th, significant ground and in touch with leaders only 6 lengths down approaching 3 out, pushed along after it, stayed on from home turn, made further ground on leaders 2 out, ridden, staying on well under pressure and reduced gap to 2 lengths when mistake and unseated rider last. Looks in a good place coming here
West Approach
Seemed to have acquired some sort of aversion to fences last season, but over hurdles ran Paisley Park to 2 lengths in the Long Walk at Ascot, stayed on nearing last, led then headed immediately on landing over it, driven, pulled clear of the 3rd but no extra last 100 yards. In chases he was 3P56, showing form only when 3rd to Relentless Dreamer in this race last year, jumped left 2 out, ridden, was challenged and soon headed, looked a little tired last, faded, hard ridden to hold place, kept on up the hill, perhaps had a little running in him at the end and beaten 11 lengths – however given how most of his chases have gone over the last two seasons, I still don’t want him over fences for the moment
Cogry*
Best runs last season when a neck 2nd to Relentless Dreamer in this race last year, every chance home turn, challenged 2 out, disputed lead when the better jump last, bumped winner, hard driven, stayed on but no extra final strides; then won over the New Course in December, mistake 4 out, pressed on going to 3 out, pushed along approaching home turn and stayed on, hard ridden and was closed on going to 2 out, sustained effort going to last and middle of a line of three jumping, hard driven up the hill, stayed on strongest, led post from Singlefarmpayment with Rolling Dylan close up in 3rd.  Last out in Scottish Grand National and unseated (for the first time in a while) at the last – may well have placed. The win was off 139 and he’s on that rating here
Bob Mahler
Best effort last season when winning a novices’ handicap over the New Course here in April, chased leader, put under pressure 3 out, closed on 1st 2 approaching home turn, mistake 2 out, hard driven, stayed on well approaching last, within a length jumping, sustained effort under pressure, led 175 yards out, ridden clear of Little Bruce; was pulled up in Staffordshire Plate at Uttoxeter behind Cesar Et Rosalie last start after mistakes and losing his place. All his wins have come in the second half of the season, so might not be up for this first up, but one to note later in the season
Na Trachtalai Abu
In great form over the Summer, winning (albeit fortunate) the Midlands National at Kilbeggan in July, started a move on inner 12th, midfield after 4 out, ridden along with 6 lengths to find after 3 out, stayed on strongly under a firm hand ride before good jump 2 out, hard driven approaching home turn, outpaced as Barra went clear and was 9 or 10 lengths down when left disputing lead by that one’s fall last, hard driven, led 150 yards out, sustained effort, held on well. The two things he did well there were 1/ jump, and 2/ stay on strongly when it mattered, and he beat Tesseract a neck. In a stronger race, turned up late in Kerry National at Listowel in September, just about in touch with leaders approaching 3 out, hard ridden home turn, stayed on, put under pressure approaching 2 out, steadied into it, hard driven, chance of a place last, driven and stayed on strongly, no impression on 1st 2 but going away from the 4th at the post, beaten 4 lengths into 3rd by Poker Party. Has never won left-handed, or outside of May, June and July
Red Infantry
Only win last season over 3m4f at Haydock: other good efforts behind Morney Wing in London National at Sandown and 5th to Wakanda in Peter Marsh at Haydock, in the latter niggled along home turn, pushed along from 4 out, headed 3 out, hard ridden, one pace in a length 3rd when in close to 2 out, put under pressure approaching last, chance of a place jumping, hard driven, faded run-in. Has won visored and in cheekpieces – wears the latter here – but has never won in fields bigger than eight, so might struggle
Captain Chaos
When blinkers were reapplied last season his form and attitude improved, with good 2nds to Lake View Lad in Rehearsal at Newcastle and Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby. Blinkers left off at Chepstow on reappearance a fortnight ago, midfield when mistake 7th, dropped rear and niggled along from 8th, slightly detached 9th, mistake 10th, slow 11th and got behind, some 15 lengths behind home turn, well held when mistake 5 out, tailed off behind Ballyoptic. With the blinkers not back on here, nothing expected
Get On The Yager
No form last season until sent over 4m2f in the Midlands National and, relatively speaking, did well, making mistakes, headway and in rear of leading group before 20th, momentarily lost footing on landing, niggled along approaching 5 out, hit that, more firmly ridden along and lost ground on leading 3 or 4 till rallied under a ride and tracked leaders home turn, outpaced 4 out, hard ridden 3 out, no impression under pressure approaching 2 out and 3rd beaten 15 lengths behind Potters Corner. That form still lags his mark here (which is a good rating on back form) by around 10 or 11 lbs. The going’s come right, but little expected. To be ridden by Mr T Durrell claiming 7 lbs (one win, in a bumper, from five rides under Rules so far)
Back To The Thatch
Two good efforts on soft/heavy going last season including when chasing Chef D’Oeuvre home at Haydock in December, 3 lengths clear 13th, in close to 16th, ridden into 17th, led half a length turning out of back straight, niggled along home turn, ridden into 4 out, was joined by Chef D’Oeuvre 3 out, 1st 2 pulled clear, raced on his own with no company approaching 2 out, upsides jumping, hard driven, headed, was a neck down last, had the inside rail run-in but readily left behind last 175 yards as winner asserted, no more. Had a rather shattering experience in Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter when last seen, led 17th, niggled along home turn, was a neck up 4 out, pushed along, headed approaching 3 out, faded and soon well held, weakened before 2 out, tailing off when fell last. He doesn’t have a good fresh record, but the ground’s come right and he might run well
The Conditional
Maiden chaser, never finished better than 4th over fences for previous connections, losing his place several times before staying on into 4th in Leinster National at Naas on last run for Martin Hassett. Now with David Bridgwater and 3rd in an ordinary-looking Worcester novice in September on first run for new yard, disputed lead 12th, moved best in narrow lead turning out of back straight till niggled along straightening, hard ridden after 4 out, headed before 3 out, stayed on under pressure and still every chance 2 out, sustained effort, still upsides when steadied into last, hard ridden and weakened run-in, all out, 3rd to The Hollow Ginge beaten 7 lengths. Not for me
Mindsmadeup
Mixes and matches, and good chase run when 2nd to Ravenhill in Galway Plate Trial at Limerick on July 13th, blundered 9th (other minor errors on the way round too), ridden into 13th, moved comfortably enough 3 out, niggled along home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, stayed on, strong effort after last, closed on 1st 2 and took 2nd post. Shaped as though he’d be effective over 3m – proving as much with a handicap hurdle-win at Listowel next time – but doesn’t look a natural jumper over fences. Ran better than the distance beaten at Gowran Park in Grade B handicap hurdle last time, moved comfortably turning out of back straight, niggled along approaching 3 out, mistake there, hard ridden, stayed on and chased leader on inner home turn, began to fade when mistake 2 out, weakened under pressure and 4th to Eight And Bob. On account of his jumping, not for me
Onefortheroadtom*
Maiden chaser – a couple of ‘nearlys’ last season, more than once shaping as though he’d be better over 3m than shorter and proving it in Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown on last start, moved comfortably 13th, mistake 4 out, pushed along, hard ridden and outpaced 3 out, stayed on home turn, left chasing leader 2 out, hard driven, every chance when blundered last, ridden and no more, lost ground on Heron Heights last 100 yards, beaten 6 lengths. Jumping a concern and been beaten 10 lengths or more on all three runs at Cheltenham, but worth a throw if he’s big odds

Shortlist: Shantou Village, Cogry, Onefortheroadtom

Cheltenham 3.10
Randox Health Handicap Chase Class 2
1m7f199y – Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
Over the Old Course – 11 runners

Saint Calvados*
Successful reappearance last season in Poplar Square Chase at Naas in November, made all, moved comfortably 2 out pushed along between last 2, found more, looked safe with the race in a 3-length lead when left clear by Footpad’s fall last. Rather forced into Grade 1 company (connections were probably going for them anyway), no further success – last seen when 7th to Altior in Queen Mother Champion Chase, pace rather collapsed at the top of the hill and field clustered up, not so far ahead going down the hill to 3 out, niggled along, led a length jumping 3 out, pushed along home turn and was swamped as the principals went by, jumped 2 out in 5 lengths 6th and weakening. Handicap company might be more suitable on this reappearance; might need to dominate, but the going’s come right
Mcgroarty
Completed a hattrick over the Summer and Autumn, the third leg of which was a win in a Class 2 handicap chase at Kelso earlier this month, went on, headed and brushed 8th, momentarily niggled along, niggled again approaching 9th, firmly ridden into it, rallied and led 3 out, pushed along, stayed on, led a length 2 out, sustained efforrt under a ride, drew clear after last, was closed on last 100 yards but always holding on from Theo. Has a career-high mark here as a result
Gino Trail
In a light season last term this front-running chaser, who acts on soft, finished runner-up at Sandown and Wincanton prior to another tilt at the Grand Annual at the Festival, which this year didn’t go well, chased leader when ridden into and mistake 4 out, pushed along away from it, lost place, midfield looking held and rider seemed to accept the situation going to 3 out, eased right down approaching home turn and pulled up behind Croco Bay. Late in his career to be visored first time and won’t be able to dominate with Saint Calvados and Knocknanuss in the field
Duke Of Navan*
Cracking reappearance run in this race last year when a head 2nd to Modus,  tracked 1st 2 home turn and yet to be shaken up, was jumped across 2 out, pushed along, chased winner between last 2, drew upsides last, hard driven, no extra final strides. Best subsequent run a good 3rd to Quamino at Leopardstown in February, closed on leaders going comfortably passing omitted 2 out, pushed along home turn, taken wide, put under pressure approaching last, stayed on well run-in, closed on 1st 2 last 125 yards but never getting there. Fell early on at Ayr final start. No going issues and chance
Knocknanuss
Best effort in a fair novice season was probably 2nd to Master Dino in a strong novice chase at Plumpton in January, clear 4th, ridden into 10th, pressed on after, was closed on and only 2 lengths up when brushed 4 out, better jump 3 out, ridden along and stayed on to draw further ahead of Master Dino by home turn, was closed on upon straightening, steadied into 2 out and soon challenged, headed, put under pressure, no extra approaching last. Well held in Arkle and Maghull at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, in the latter taking his usual keen hold, lost place 8th and 5th to Ornua. Needs to dominate and, when last seen out, arguably took too strong a hold in his races, so vulnerable for me
Doitforthevillage
Last season’s Topham-3rd showed little on reappearance at Chepstow a fortnight ago behind The Bay Birch, held up, mistakes, still in touch 5 out, ridden, mistake 4 out, no more, well held 3 out, got tired approaching 2 out, well held. Not sure where we stand with him but high enough in the weights
Brelan D’As*
Two novice chase wins last season prior to good 3rd to Croco Bay in Grand Annual at the Festival, prominent, raced freely, raced wide, brushed 3rd and 4th, mistake 8th, made ground from 4 out and chased Croco Bay approaching 3 out, travelled comfortably approaching home turn, shaken up on straightening, carried head high under a ride, brushed 2 out, hard ridden, one pace between last 2, disputed 3rd last, hard driven, stayed on, no impression on 1st 2, stuck to task and got the best of battle for 3rd last 100 yards. Not so good in Red Rum at Aintree next time, looked held under a ride home turn but had running in him at the finish though well held 5th to Moon Over Germany.  Chance on reappearance
Marracudja
Showed little on reappearance at Chepstow a fortnight ago behind The Bay Birch, pushed along after 11th, made little ground turning out of back straight, well back from 4 out, passed a beaten one late, made no contribution. Yet to win for Dan Skelton and might prefer a smaller field
Master Work*
Winning hurdler; unexposed as a chaser, this just his fourth chase, having run 3rd, 2nd then won over fences, with the victory coming last time at Fontwell on October 5th,  tracked leaders 5th, chased leader from 6th, mistake 8th, 3 lengths down when ridden into 10th, niggled along approaching 3 out, loomed upsides and going best approaching 2 out, led there, pushed along, drew clear, reminder approaching last, idled/wandered, in close to last and mistake, hard driven, hung right, idled markedly and threatened to pull himself up then picked up again last 50 yards. Probably needed company and won with something in hand beating Salto Chisco 7 lengths. Probably needs to be delivered late and with all the pace going in this race, the jockey may well be able to do just that
Vaniteux
First form since joining Sophie Leech when winning a conditions chase at Compiegne on September 12th, prominent 3rd, made ground to chase leader after 10th, moved upsides leader home turn, moved best and led 2 out, shaken up, stayed on under a ride, led 3 lengths last, driven out, stayed on well to beat Konnan Le Gone a length. Quite where that sits in the pecking order in France, not sure even the French would know, but it was hardly Auteuil. Only 6th next time over hurdles at Compiegne on October 1st. Not sure what to expect
Northern Beau
In April won a mares’ handicap chase over the New Course here, beating Happy Diva. Been busy over the Summer and won two runs ago in a Class 4 handicap chase at Market Rasen in August, but rather made a meal of it: hard ridden and not looking the winner home turn, stayed on turning in under pressure, led a length 3 out, half a length up 2 out, stayed on under pressure, brushed last, driven out, stayed on well to maintain lead over Land League. Had little to spare after going worse than several others turning for home, and in a better race did worse at Southwell last time behind Royal Village, a bit reluctant to race and needed a reminder to set off, prominent, mistake 4th, pushed along and lost place approaching 7th, last and struggling 9th, weakening further and tailing off when pulled up a circuit out. Safe elimination

Shortlist: Saint Calvados, Duke Of Navan, Brelan D’As, Master Work

Cheltenham 3.45
Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Qualifier Class 2
2m7f208y – Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
Over the Old Course – 13 runners

Tobefair
Popular hurdler who went close to winning the Final of this Series last season at the Festival, made up 4 lengths from the last and held by a neck by Sire Du Berlais. Went one better at Cheltenham in April when last seen,  in close to 8th and ridden along away from it, raced wide and closed on leaders at the top of the hill, with leaders after 2 out and going largely comfortably, ridden along off home turn, stayed on, taken stands’ side, chased leader going to last, had 2 lengths to find, put under pressure, went markedly left, led 150 yards out, stayed on well, pulled clear, workmanlike and decisive from Broughtons Admiral. Starts the season off a career-high 149 as a result
Sykes
In a light season last term, was a good 2nd to The Mighty Don in this race, then was off before winning the Haydock Qualifier in February, went on, had several challengers for company immediately after 9th, led a length home turn, pushed along, kept finding from 3 out, put under pressure approaching last, continued to stay on, led a length last, hard driven, was joined run-in, stayed on well under pressure and found more last 100 yards, always holding on – just pulled out more and more to beat Silva Eclipse a neck. Upped in class, pulled up behind If The Cap Fits in Ryanair Hurdle at Aintree in April when last seen. Career-high mark for this front-runner to deal with 
Robin The Raven
Had been off for over 300 days before winning Class 3 handicap hurdle at Warwick in April,  led 7th, niggled along from 4 out, a neck up 3 out, going the better and drew a length and a half up home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, stayed on, put under pressure between last 2, lugged left, 7 lengths up last, driven out, stayed on well till eased down last 100 yards, decisive – looked a bit ahead of his mark when beating Max Forte 7 lengths. Probably didn’t act on the track when well beaten at Cartmel behind Cairnshill next time, mistake 2 out, lost place under pressure, stuck to task under a ride fairground bend till weakened approaching last and blundered there, no more. Chance on the Warwick run
Aye Right*
In 11 hurdle races, has won five of them and been runner-up four times. Winning reappearance at Kelso on September 18th, went on, ridden into 8th, steadied into 3 out, pushed along home turn, hard ridden between last 2, reminder approaching last, stayed on well, sustained effort run-in. always holding on last 150 yards, workmanlike – largely a solo, but couldn’t quibble with his attitude in the finish as he beat One Night In Milan a length. Ran well at Cheltenham at the November meeting last year behind Speedo Boy and could go well
Two Taffs
Been off for two years; better known as a chaser, often finding little, but won Hillhouse Quarry Chase at Ayr in April  2017, made ground to track leaders and arguably travelling best after 4 out, led 3 out, not shaken up, went 3 lengths ahead when wandered slightly right approaching 2 out, ridden into it, hard ridden approaching last, idled in clear lead, aggressively ridden into last, driven out, beat Theinval 3 lengths. His half-sister Hannah Jacques just about stayed 3m and this one could do likewise if fit enough – he could be worth a throw, his trainer Dan Skelton boasting a strike rate of 20% with horses off for a year or more on their comeback runs – 13 wins from 66 such runners since May 2016
Captain Tommy*
Two wins from three hurdle races; best effort when 2nd in Listed novice at Perth in April when last seen, chased clear leader, mistake 6th, in close to 7th, not fluent 8th as pace increased, mistake 9th, niggled along, held place home turn, soon pushed along, hard ridden and chased winner approaching 2 out where mistake, put under pressure, stayed on, one pace approaching last, looked held run-in, kept on under pressure, stuck to task. no impression on Go Another One but keeping on at the end. His jumping’s got to get better, but this one looks a work in progress – one of the least exposed in the field
Potters Legend
Off the track since winning Challenger Staying Chase Final at Haydock in March 2018, definite lead turning out of back straight, ridden into 4 out, pushed along, stayed on, took off too early 3 out, hard ridden, idled in clear lead, 3 lengths up 2 out, hard driven approaching last, driven out run-in, stayed on well and drew clear of Horatio Hornblower. Well treated on chase form but of for 574 days and his trainer Lucy Wadham hasn’t won a race with a horse absent for 250 days or more since May 2016
Burrows Park*
Three wins last season with the best of them at Kelso last March, prominent, sent up to dispute lead early final circuit, pressed on, was challenged 2 out, ridden out from last to beat Captain Drake. Checked out readily in the 3m Grade 3 handicap hurdle at Aintree in April,  moved well enough home turn then pushed along approaching 3 out, reached for it, hard ridden and hung left, not stay on approaching 2 out, weakened under pressure whilst still hanging left approaching last, tiring when mistake, tailed off behind Aux Ptit Soins. On his one previous Cheltenham visit shaped okay in the Martin Pipe C/Js Hurdle, going on well at the finish, and has claims
Gunfleet
Encouraging chasing debut last season when 2nd to Just A Sting at  Exeter, but failed to build on that and ended up back over hurdles, cutting little ice behind Aux Ptit Soins in the Grade 3 handicap at Aintree, mistake 9th and lost place, reminders before turning out of back straight, weakened and rear under a ride 3 out, tailed off from 2 out, trailed in. Some encouragement on reappearance at Stratford earlier this month, prominent after 2nd, niggled along turning into back straight, pushed along after 2 out, lost place approaching turn out of back straight, towards rear of main group  home turn, kept on a bit approaching last, no impression on 1st 3 but keeping on a bit at the end and 4th to Boreham Bill. There’s no reason to back him, but there’s no reason not to either
Sunset Showdown
Is three wins from four starts since blinkers were applied, with his latest in a Worcester novice in September, held up, ridden into 3rd, midfield bend before 4th, ridden into it, closer order and within 4 lengths 9th, ridden into 3 out, niggled along but going well enough approaching 2 out, shaken up after it, jumped last in 3 lengths 4th, put under pressure, ran on well under pressure last 175 yards, really picked up well to lead close home and going away at the post. It was some turn of foot that he produced, really striking as he beat Danboru by a length, effectively making up at least 4 lengths from the last. Question mark over his ability to handle soft ground, but chances
Doubly Clever
Won three of his last five and been runner-up on the other two, winning readily at Worcester on September 1st after surviving several mistakes, then runner-up at Uttoxeter on September 11th, had stayed on into 2nd when rider lost right iron approaching last but by then well held by The Vollan anyway, drew well clear of 3rd and going on well run-in, no chance with winner. Looked to have something left to give at the end and the jockey would surely have been able to get him closer but for losing his stirrup. Jumping issues here and is an exposed performer anyway who’s never won off higher than 124 – unlikely stayer also, well held when trying 2m6f and now over 3m for the first time
Theclockisticking
Ran well in two handicap hurdles to start last season, on the second of them running 4th to The Mighty Don in this race, challenging from the turn and one pace after the last; went on to run well in the Final subsequently in March, closing at the end when 6th to Sire Du Berlais. Only win last season when landing odds of 1/12 in a Fakenham novice chase in November. Not that promising a reappearance in a handicap chase at Warwick in September, shuffled back to rear before 14th, hard ridden and carried head to one side, little ground 16th, looked held under a hard ride 3 out, put under pressure home turn, no impression 2 out, passed a beaten one before last, going on a bit at the finish but essentially made no contribution, 5th to Treackle Tart beaten 15 lengths. Well treated on his runs in this race last year and in the Final
Neverbeen To Paris
Won over hurdles at Ludlow in April and Kempton in May. Returned with an apparent best-to-date at Stratford last time on October 7th, niggled along approaching turn into back straight, niggled again after 9th, in touch when mistake 2 out, pushed along, effort and closed on leaders, some 3 lengths down under a ride turning out of back straight, hard ridden and one pace home turn though sticking to task, half a chance approaching last, pulled off inside rail after it, stayed on strongly last 125 yards, took 2nd close home and closing on Boreham Bill but not quite get there. Would have won that if there’d been another 150 yards and it looks as though longer trips, like this 3m, are the answer

Shortlist: Aye Right, Captain Tommy, Burrows Park

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