Alan King’s five-year-old has failed to live up to expectations after winning a Doncaster juvenile hurdle in February of last year. Sights were set on the Cheltenham festival but, sent off quiety fancied in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, he did not to sparkle and was pulled up.
Since then the selection’s best efforts have been reserved for the all-weather, including a fine speed figure recorded over course and distance last October. A reproduction of that can see Ardamir very competitive here, with Adam Kirby (29% strike-rate this year) booked to aid the cause.
On the Fibresand, BIG AMIGO (Southwell, nb, 3.20) and MACHO MAC (Southwell, 3.20) look interesting to wrap up the card. The first to run stormed to victory over course and distance just eight days ago and it looks a shrewd move to pounce again with a 6lb penalty.
Macho Mac was too bad to be true last time and it was later reported that he was struck into. Clearly not a long-term problem, he reappears quickly and has the hood on to sharpen things up.
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