14:00 Uttoxeter Sat 18 November 2017
Last season's efforts blighted by uncompleted starts and hard to say his solitary win at Doncaster was anything more than a bolt from the blue. 2-3 around here but looks held by Bob Ford on recent Chepstow running.
Freshened up by a change of scenery to score under the care of Alistair Ralph last time. Has changed yards again having scored at Chepstow when he was well backed. Up 8lb for that but he has raced off higher marks in the past.
At his best on soft ground but yet to convince that he sees out trips beyond 3m. Also looks plenty high enough in the handicap and others preferred this time.
Took a couple of runs to find his form last term. On a career high mark on return and others are more appealing.
Winner at Warwick and Sandown last winter and marginally above his last winning mark. Appeared to be nearing his peak when doing best of the patiently ridden horses at Carlisle three weeks ago. Reunited with his winning partner on perfect ground.
Inconsistent nowadays but would have claims on his two runs at Ludlow last term. Tailed off on reappearance when conditions may have been too lively but hard to trust.
Goes well here and is now 2-5 at the venue. Went up 7lb for his latest success in May and that looked a harsh assessment. Well beaten here last month when that mark and softer ground conspired against him.
Winner of two military races in 2016 and returns after a year's absence. Has gone well when fresh in the past and nicely weighted. Stable in form and ground looks ideal.
Almost four years since his last win. A 5lb rise for a narrow defeat in lower grade six months ago makes it harder for him to end that sequence.
Last Year's Winner
Bob Ford (11/8), Brownville (9/2), Shanroe Santos (13/2), Capard King (10/1), Jennys Surprise (11/1), Smooth Stepper (12/1), Hansupfordetroit (14/1), Killala Quay (14/1), Barton Gift (40/1)
- Shanroe Santos
- Bob Ford
- Jennys Surprise
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