17:05 Pontefract Thu 21 September 2017
Has been kept to around 1m in his three Irish maidens and this step up in trip is not on obvious move on pedigree. Nonetheless, he is still improving, though on paper at least he looks more likely as a handicap proposition.
His best two performances have been at this track and both of them when the ground was good to soft. Yet to win from 11 attempts, but is not dismissed out of hand now back here and with cheekpieces on, despite a clear need for improvement.
Has regressed in three starts so far, including when thrashed here over 1m (soft) in July. Was taken out of his only other subsequent declaration at Nottingham due to the good to soft ground, so not sure what impact he can have in this.
Well beaten in both starts so far at Catterick (1m4f, good) and Ripon (1m2f, good to firm). Has plenty to prove for the time being, including his ability to handle conditions and this stiff track and is looking more of a handicapping proposition.
Placed in all four starts, twice on good to soft, and coming closest to breaking his duck when ½L runner-up at Goodwood (1m2f, good) last time. That is the standard bearing form here and a repeat would make him tough to topple.
Was beaten just 1½L in a Redcar maiden (1m2f, good) on debut in June, but was never really in it on his only other start at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm) last time. Dam loved cut in the ground, so may be able to do better this time.
Disappointed when sent off as favourite on debut at Leicester in June. Subsequently gelded and was able to show improved form at Wolverhampton (1m1½f, AW) last month. This trip on a stiff track may well elicit more improvement. Claims.
Made the frame in a Redcar sprint maiden last year when with Tim Easterby, but didn't show much for him and now begins again for a new yard in a tongue-tie and upped in trip. All of that adds up to a watching brief this time.
Moderate performer for both Jedd O'Keeffe and David O'Meara and was well beaten on his first outing for this yard at Hamilton (6f, soft) last time. Big step up in trip here and despite being half-brother to a winner over it he looks best watched.
Outperformed his 16-1 SP on debut when beaten less than 3L into third at Thirsk (1m4f, good) last month. That was a very encouraging start and with both sire and dam having won on soft ground, she will hopefully handle this. Claims.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Queen Of The Stars||3||9-0||4/9||Full Result|
|T: W J HaggasJ: William Twiston-Davies|
Hats Off To Larry (2/1), Misscarlett (3/1), Mesbaar (10/3), Heron (9/2), Fashaar (20/1), Frankster (25/1), Good Man (25/1), Urban Spirit (50/1), Trois Bon Amis (100/1), The Foozler (125/1)
- Hats Off To Larry
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