17:35 York Sat 29 July 2017
Won novices' auction events over this trip at Redcar in May (good) and Yarmouth (good) last time out, prompting a rise of 2lb going into this nursery debut. Looks fairly treated and no reason to suggest that he can't run another big race.
Won a division of the Brocklesby on debut at Doncaster (5f, good to soft) in April and bettered that at Musselburgh next time but out of sorts on his last two runs and gelded in the interim. This is not as tough as at Newbury last time but he still comes here with a bit to prove on his nursery debut.
Made a good start to her career, winning a Thirsk maiden (5f, soft) in May on her second outing. However, found nothing when headed last time at Sandown and will probably need to better that effort to get her nose in front again from this mark on her nursery introduction.
Has largely been on an upward curve in five starts and got the monkey off her back at Hamilton (5f, good) last time in novices' company. Won that by 4L and is raised 4lb going into this, but it seems very likely that she can have a big say again this time.
Improved for his Catterick debut to score in a novices' auction contest (5f, good to firm) at Hamilton next time. Put in another good effort when trying to make all back there under a penalty last time and looks to have got in for this nursery debut on a very fair mark. Not to be underestimated.
Has gradually gone backwards in three runs so far, but the first two were promising and if she could return to that level then she has been given a reasonable mark. Bit to prove, however, on this nursery debut.
Looked as though he might be a nice enough nursery prospect when showing promise on his first two runs in the spring. Was then gelded and didn't quite hit that level last time. Would have claims from this initial handicap mark if running to his earlier form and is potentially interesting in headgear. Market check suggested.
Finished just over 1L behind John Kirkup here over 6f (good) last time out when in receipt of 18lb and is now 1lb better off with him for that. Hood retained today and with the stable going well she might be able to build on that career best. Could outperform what is likely to be a big price.
Last Year's Winner
Validator (9/4), Chatburn (3/1), Jive Lady (4/1), John Kirkup (9/2), Undercover Brother (5/1), Marnie James (6/1), Angel Force (12/1), Ce De Nullis (14/1), Requinto Dawn (14/1), Catapult (16/1)
- Undercover Brother
- John Kirkup
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