I have ridden him a couple of times recently, when he ran fair races at Taunton and Cheltenham, and he looks to have run another solid enough race at Wincanton last time. I think he can be competitive here, and in fact he finished second off this mark in this race last season and conditions will be the same again here. He may not be as well-handicapped as some but he should run his race and hopefully that will be enough to see him go close.
He doesn’t have an obvious chance in this veterans’ handicap and will no doubt be one of the outsiders but he is now on a pretty low mark. He has been beaten a long way on his last two starts over 3m but the handicapper has given him a chance and were he to return to anywhere near the level of form that he showed when third in the Grade 2 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last February when trained by Willie Mullins then they wouldn’t see which way he went. But he clearly has been running moderately, and you can’t be confident about his chances.
He clearly didn’t have the ideal introduction to racing when he ran out at Kempton on his debut last time. Hopefully he will have learned from his first day a school there but this looks a hot race regardless.
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