The six-year-old has only run five times under rules since arriving from Ireland last year and went into a few notebooks 26 days ago when staying on over what looked an inadequate two miles at Uttoxeter. He travelled and jumped okay, made some nice progress three out before a one-paced finish.
That should have him set up well for this handicap bow on a return to two miles three and a half furlongs and, off a workable mark, can be competitive in a race where few make much appeal.
COUGAR KID (Hereford, nb, 4.00) has recorded three victories in the past 12 months and returns to action in the finale after a 161-day break. The selection is 2-4 and has placed on the other two runs at the venue and although his two victories here was over further, sandwiched between was a Leicester success over one mile seven and a half furlongs.
He should be a nice price in a tricky contest and is expected to go close with decent speed figures in the book.
RED STRIPES (Chelmsford, 7.15) has collected over £57,000 in prize money but quite remarkably, £30,000 has been for being placed! The six-year-old is a seriously consistent all-weather horse and has been knocking at the door of late including here where he is a five-time winner.