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Monday 10 February 2020

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Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle

Class 4  |   3m 217y  |   Heavy  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 16:16  |   Winning time: 7m 5.47s
Weighed In
1
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Shane Quinlan |  T: D L Williams|  OR: 110
66/1

Irish point winner (soft) in 2017, but 0-7 over fences. Last on his seasonal reappearance at Exeter in November and pulled up twice since. Can only watch.

2
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-9  |  J: Tabitha Worsley |  T: Georgie Howell|  OR: 107
7/1

Placed in 8-13 starts under rules but has yet to find what it takes to win. Would certainly have claims from this mark on the form he was showing for Nick Gifford in 2018 but needs to be much better than his recent stable debut after a long absence.

3
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-9  |  J: James Nixon |  T: T Symonds|  OR: 107|  D
16/1

Hadn't shown a huge amount before recording back-to-back hurdles wins at Huntingdon (3m1f, good; first-time cheekpieces) and Uttoxeter (2m7f, good to soft) last spring. Well held on her return at Ludlow, but can't rule her out.

4
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7  |  J: Nick Scholfield |  T: P Henderson|  OR: 105|  C
9/1

Scored here over 3m1f (heavy) over fences in November, when 5lb lower. 0-6 over hurdles, and returns to this sphere after losing his way as a chaser. Not written off but also a fair bit to prove now.

5
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: N F Houlihan |  T: G L Moore|  OR: 102|  C
7/2

Sole hurdles win came here (2m4f, good) last April, when 9lb lower. Has made marginal improvement since, and showed he handles heavy ground at Lingfield last time, but now has a bit to prove up in trip.

6
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: Tom Cannon |  T: C Gordon|  OR: 102|  C
2/1

Dual winner here, one over fences (3m1f, soft) and then also last time out over hurdles (2m4f, soft). Up 2lb for that, but could pull out more for the return to further, and he enters calculations.

7
Age: 12|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: David Bass |  T: Mrs L Hill|  OR: 98|  BF
15/2

Stamina-laden triple point winner whose sole rules win came over hurdles at Fontwell (3m2f, soft) in November. 8lb higher here, but has held his form since and should be thereabouts once again.

8
Age: 12|  Weight: 10-13  |  J: G Sheehan |  T: Miss S Smith|  OR: 97|  CD
11/2

Dual winner over hurdles here, including a heavy ground C&D success in this race last year. 6lb lower today, after a largely wretched run of form since, but it could prove foolish to be writing him off.

9
Age: 13|  Weight: 10-6  |  J: P J Brennan |  T: Miss S Smith|  OR: 90|  CD
11/1

Multiple hurdle winner, including over C&D, but never on ground worse than soft. Remains 2lb higher than his last success, and he is hard to fancy on the form of his three runs since.

Betting

Forecast

The Tin Miner (2/1), Age Of Wisdom (7/2), Little Boy Boru (11/2), Puppet Warrior (7/1), Velvet Cognac (15/2), Crossley Tender (9/1), Invicta Lake (11/1), Ask Catkin (16/1), Noruki (66/1)

Verdict
Ask Catkin may be better for her reappearance and is not ruled out this time, while Age Of Wisdom could get heavily involved but has to prove he sees this out. Little Boy Boru arrives out of form, but he is not written off now 6lb lower than last year's win, while Velvet Cognac is also respected. However, THE TIN MINER goes well here and is taken to add to his recent course win over shorter.
  1. The Tin Miner
  2. Velvet Cognac
  3. Ask Catkin

Previous Winners

2019
Little Boy Boru
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 11
Weight: 11-5  |  
Age: 11  |  
J: Ben Godfrey
  |  
T: Miss S Smith
9/2
Prize Money
1st: £4,094.002nd: £1,202.003rd: £601.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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