14:25 Newbury Sat 22 July 2017
Rattled off a hat-trick in 2015 but has only won once since. Has struggled in recent Group races but did win a Listed event over 1m2f (good) in France on his last appearance in this grade. No margin for error but ground should suit.
Won a Listed race at the end of 2015 but has had an interrupted career since then without success. Not disgraced when finishing a close-up seventh in a good handicap at Ascot (1m2f, good to firm) latest and easier ground will suit. Yard quiet though.
Proved very progressive last year, culminating in a Group 3 win at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) but he's been a shade disappointing this year, most recently over an inadequate 7f. Cheekpieces introduced as he tackles 1m2f for the first time.
Gained the best of his wins in a good handicap over C&D (good to soft) last back-end and arrives here in good order, having gone close in handicaps at Epson and Windsor. The more cut in the ground, the better, so very much respected.
Runaway winner at Sandown (7f, good to firm) on his debut last summer and also scored over 1m at Newmarket later on. Struggled in a 1m Group 2 at Royal Ascot on his reappearance but couldn't be dismissed in this grade if longer trip and easier ground suit.
Last Year's Winner
Spark Plug (9/4), What About Carlo (5/2), Best Of Days (5/2), Thikriyaat (3/1), Restorer (5/1), Mount Logan (5/1), Arthenus (13/2), Toulson (50/1)
- Mount Logan
- What About Carlo
- Spark Plug
Hugo Palmer: "It was a very big ask at Ascot and Best Of Days was slowly away from a bad draw in a slowly run race. It was all a bit of a mess.
"In the end he beat nothing but fresh air, but he was only beaten nine lengths by the winner, Permian, so he wasn't disgraced considering it was his first run of the year.
"I think the run has brought him on. James (Doyle) wasn't totally convinced about the mile and a half, although the ground was too quick to really judge him I think.
"We're coming down in grade and back in trip and I think he'll love the ground.
"Having missed the first half of the year, this is another building block but I'm hoping he'll run a nice race and it will set him up for the second half of the season."
Roger Varian: "Mount Logan has acquitted himself creditably on both starts this season and his best form last year came over this trip, on a galloping track, with ease in the ground, so hopefully these conditions will see him at his peak. He'd have an obvious chance on the pick of his form.
Eve Johnson Houghton: "What About Carlo is obviously not well-in, but he loves soft ground and they're due to get a good slap of rain, so that will really help him. He also loves Newbury.
"He likes to get a real rev on during his races and this year he's in danger of becoming consistent. Before, he's been a bit in-and-out, but he's been really good this year. He's a star man and we love him."
Martin Dwyer: "The ground was too firm for Restorer at Ascot. I tried to challenge and he was hanging on the ground.
"This isn't an easy race, but it's not as hard as it was at Ascot. Any rain will help him. He likes a bit of cut in the ground."
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