• 8 b g Oscar (IRE) – Patscilla (Squill (USA))
  • Form: 11111/1127/1128–21
  • Owner: Tim Leslie
  • Breeder: Mrs A Delaney

Summary

Top-class staying novice hurdler in 2009/10 season, annexing the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival and a Grade Two at Aintree’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting.

Returned the following season with an impressive success in the stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle over two miles and rounded the campaign off with a gallant second to Hurricane Fly in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival.

Failed to scale those heights over fences last season but scored decisively on his return to hurdles this season at Musselburgh on 13 February.

Jump Race Record: Starts: 15; Wins: 10; 2nd: 3; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £285,653

Last Run

Won a conditions hurdle over two miles and six furlongs at Musselburgh (good) comfortably by a length and three quarters on 13 February and is being aimed at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Entries at The Festival (Distance – Value)

Stan James Champion Hurdle 2m 110y – £400,000
Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m – £275,000

Donald McCain said: “It has been a long road back – he has had niggling problems. He is in great nick. His work has not changed and he went for a run around Kempton (in January) which he enjoyed and came on from. We took him up to Musselburgh the other day and I expected him to be more impressive. Jason (Maguire) was shocked by my attitude. He was happy with Peddlers Cross who travelled well before idling in front before picking up again – Jason was trying to mind him the whole way up the straight. He is a very smart horse – his work is very special. He has always dossed in front.

"Will he win a World Hurdle? I haven’t got a clue to be honest. He is the best work horse I have seen – he is maturing and settling. His jumping at Musselburgh was exceptional. I would expect him to be travelling very sweetly down to the second last and then I don’t know. He won over two miles and five furlongs as a novice and he stayed two miles and six furlongs well at Musselburgh. There is nothing to suggest he won’t stay three miles. He will get there quite late (in the race).” 

 

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