16:15 Sandown Wed 20 September 2017
Wide margin winner of a weak maiden as a juvenile but his second to Fire Brigade in May looks a good run now. Hung under pressure here in June and off the course since. Probably best watched with the stable having drawn a blank since July.
C&D winner here in June in blinkers. Faded tamely in cheekpieces next time off this harshly revised mark and he will require all his rider's persuasive powers to score.
Settled better and ridden closer to the pace when scoring over C&D three weeks ago. 5lb rise seems fair enough and he is clearly improving despite a busy campaign.
Landed a Newmarket maiden on his reappearance and not disgraced in two starts since despite not looking particularly well-handicapped. That still appears the case and he may need softer conditions than forecast.
Landed a Beverley maiden on his last start for Andrew Balding but finished last on debut for current yard. Blinkers worn when successful are still dispensed with and he is hard to recommend.
Scored here in June (1m1f) and last two runs have been good efforts. Found an improver too good at Doncaster and then just failed to score in a Class Two contest. Should get a decent pace to help him settle and the stiff finish obviously suits.
Has two victories to his name with both coming over this trip. Found his current mark too much last time and the handicapper has not relented.
Handicapper overestimated his juvenile maiden victory and he looks more fairly assessed now. Pulled-up after losing his action here last time but he looks a tricky ride and is probably best watched.
Last seen in May when runner-up to an odds-on favourite in a minor maiden. Flattered by his proximity to the winner and has plenty to find.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Eve Johnson HoughtonJ: Charles Bishop|
The Statesman (11/4), Mister Blue Sky (4/1), Music Seeker (4/1), Jupiter Light (5/1), Stone The Crows (6/1), Rake's Progress (6/1), Makkadangdang (9/1), Trading Punches (11/1), Rosarno (14/1), Lightly Squeeze (33/1), War Of Succession (100/1)
- The Statesman
- Rake's Progress
- Mister Blue Sky
Log in for access to this exclusive content.
Richard Mann previews the weekend action with high-quality racing taking place at Newmarket, Newbury and Ripon.
Simon Holt is backing Librisa Breeze to resume winning ways at Newbury and he has two more selections for Saturday's racing.
Kevin Ryan's Terentum Star gets the nod in the Ripon feature as Oli Bell looks ahead to Saturday's ITV Racing action with a Yankee.