Crackaway Jack is potentially on a nice mark now switched back to hurdles in the 3.35 at Ascot and looks worth an interest at 10/1.
The eight-year-old was a high class hurdler when traiend by Emma Lavelle, winning the Fred Winter at the Festival impressively off 133 nefore following up in a decent contest at Chepstow off 149.
He then ran a cracker in a listed contest over course and distance when beaten just alength by Chomba Womba off his new rating of 166 and rounded off his season with a superb fourth in the 2009 Champion Hurdle won byb Punjabi.
The gelding finished just 2 1/4 lengths behind the third horse home Binocular, and it was a terrific effort given that he had a whole host of top class perfroemrs well beaten in behind.
Unfortunately he suffered an injry after that race, but showed he still retained plenty of ability when winning a novice chase at sandown on his comeback after 242 days on the sidelines before his form tailed off as the problems resurfaced.
However he shaped with bags of promise on his first run since being moved to champion trainer Paul Nicholls at Cheltenham back in November where he was closing and going well until clobbering three from home in a handicap chase won by Tanks For That.
He rallied strongly after the mistake, but lack of fitness then took it’s toll and he could find no extra at the business end of affairs after 273 days off the track.
To me that run showed that he still had a real engine, and it’s interesting that connections are now switching him back to hurdles where he can operate from a mark of 151
That gives him a great chance from a handicapping perspective, and with conditions ideal and Ruby Walsh in the saddle I can see him running a huge race in a race which should be run to suit.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Crackaway Jack (10/1 Blue Square)