15:40 Sandown Fri 9 March 2018
- Grand Military Gold Cup (Chase For Military Amateur Riders) (Class 3)
- 3m 37y, Soft (Heavy in places, back straight G/Soft in places)
- 11 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Makes his belated seasonal reappearance here with his form having tailed off at the end of last season. Has won after a long break, though, and is superior to most of these on ratings.
Won this last year under the same rider, who tends to do well in these sort of contests. Won well over C&D last month and is the one to beat again, even under a penalty.
Fair handicapper on his day, but has regressed in the past couple of seasons and no better in a point-to-point when last seen.
Beaten by a useful handicap chaser in Dingo Dollars on his last two starts, and remains on the same mark here. Could progress further over fences and wears first-time cheek pieces.
Well behind Rathlin Rose and Midnight Monty here on stable debut last time out, which was a level of form below what he had shown for his previous yard.
Usually runs his race, though not the easiest to win with. This drop in trip may help him after perhaps failing to see out a marathon trip at Exeter last time and he went close at Ayr in November; claims.
Second on his last three starts, including to Rathln Rose over C&D last time out. No obvious reason he should reverse that form but he could still go well.
Hasn't run under rules since May 2016 and even longer since he won a race. Needs to step up on all recent form shown, including in point to points.
No win under rules since April 2013, though that doesn't tell the whole story as he has only had two starts (and three in point to points) since. Well behind a few of these here last time out.
Useful in his younger days but not at that level now and unlikely he'll outrun his odds again such as he did when 100/1 fourth here last time.
Was on a fair losing streak over hurdles for his previous yard but has now moved to a trainer with a 2-2 record in this Has shown some good form in the past and could rediscover that if appreciating the change of scenery.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D PipeJ: Mr G Disney|
Rathlin Rose (15/8), Knockanrawley (7/2), Baden (4/1), Midnight Monty (11/2), Winter Lion (9/1), More Buck's (16/1), Cabragh (25/1), Spanish Arch (66/1), Sentimentaljourney (100/1), Arbeo (100/1), Minellahalfcentury (100/1)
- Rathlin Rose
- Midnight Monty
- More Buck's
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