17:00 Leicester Tue 17 October 2017
His last two wins were over this trip and with some cut in the ground, the most recent being last season from 9lb higher. Been knocking on the door again lately and now dropped in grade, he looks to have every chance.
Has not won since a Listed success in Ireland in 2014. Acts well with some ease underfoot and if able to reproduce his Newbury effort from August when 4lb higher in a better race, he would have claims, though off the boil since.
Not the most consistent performer, but she can win a race when things drop right and has twice scored over this trip on good ground this year. Handles cut and despite a flop last time, she has the ability to have a big say in the outcome.
Showed some promise in maidens at both Lingfield (1m3½f, good to firm) and Sandown (1m2f, good) earlier in the season and not disgraced on handicap debut/first start since being gelded at Kempton last time. Not ruled out.
Bought out of France for €48,000 in the summer after making the frame in a couple of soft ground races over 7½f/1m3f. Nice enough pedigree and market check advised to gauge confidence from this mark on her handicap introduction.
It is now over two years and 17 starts since she recorded the latest of her three wins (all over 1m, inc on good to soft). Remains competitive and now 1lb lower than when ½L runner-up at Newmarket in August, she has claims.
Has been able to improve since being gelded in the spring. Won at Haydock (1m2½f, heavy) last month and followed up by 6L four days later at Kempton (1m4f, AW) having escaped a penalty. Up 12lb for that, but should have a say.
Back in good form of late, winning at Windsor and Nottingham (both 1m2f, good to soft) and going close over further at the Berkshire track in-between. Escapes a penalty for latest success (front pair 2L clear) and has strong claims again.
Won a Hamilton maiden (1m½f, good to firm) in May and took a seller (1m1f, soft) at that venue last month. Beaten just ½L in a 1m1f Musselburgh handicap (soft) last time, she has been nudged up 2lb, but going the right way and has claims.
Has a steadily improving profile and came good at Lingfield (1m2f, AW) last time from 6lb lower, when tried at this trip for the first time. Has a fair bit in hand there, though now has to continue his momentum back on slower conditions.
His first three maiden runs last year suggested that he would be winning handicaps such as this, but he lost form and has now not been seen for over a year. Since gelded and changed stables and looks one to watch this time.
Scored over this trip at Yarmouth (good to firm) earlier in the season and stays 1m4f. May just have a couple of pounds too many to shoulder at present, however, and also looks to be better on a sound/fast surface.
Last Year's Winner
|10||Van Huysen||4||9-8||8/1||Full Result|
|T: D J S Ffrench DavisJ: Oisin Murphy|
Hajaam (2/1), Zamperini (9/2), What Wonders Weave (5/1), Scoones (7/1), Essenaitch (8/1), Eolian (10/1), Sonnetist (14/1), Ghinia (14/1), Katebird (20/1), Bartholomew J (25/1), Parish Boy (25/1), Aiguille Rouge (33/1), Booborowie (33/1)
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