14:15 Ascot Sat 12 May 2018
Won a French Listed race at the start of 2017 but struggled in handicap over here subsequeuntly. Has been running well over hurdles of late but tough ask off this mark back on the Flat.
Sole win came in a maiden and whilst he wasn't disgraced on his next run in a Group 3, he's yet to place in any of his five subsequent starts. Didn't shape with much promise on return at Wolverhampton and others preferred.
Maiden winner at Newcastle and gained a second Tapeta win at Wolverhampton in October. Struggled twice since though and this is more competitive.
Not won since winning over C&D in 2016 but shaped well on return at Wolverhampton last time after a disappointing 2017 and not ruled out if building on that.
Gained a first win since his maiden success at Kempton in September. Wasn't suited to making his own running back at that course last time out and no surprise to see him run a better race here.
Finished off his juvenile campaign with a hat-trick and while he failed to win in 2017, he returned to the winners' enclosure at Kempton last time. Will improve if he can settle better and not discounted here.
Won on his debut for this yard on his seasonal return at Sandown last year. Inconsistent throughout the rest of the season but may be best to catch him when fresh and he's ground versatile.
Won twice last year, winning his maiden at Doncaster before landing a handicap at Newcastle in September. Shaped as if amiss at Newmarket last time but given time to recover from that and may do better this year.
Won twice in five starts for John Gosden but shown nothing for his new connections at Kempton last time. Best efforts have come in softer ground than what's likely here and he has a habit of starting slowly.
Last three wins have come on AW including last time when winning a Class 3 handicap at Lingfield in March. Yard in good form in recent weeks and talented claimer removes 3lb; leading player if the rain stays away.
Has the propensity to start slowly but has won four of his last six races of 2017 and he's a useful hold up performer when things fall right. Too keen on return from an absence last time but better expected here and first-time hood may help.
Has been a very consistent sort over the last year and is seemingly improving now stepped up in trip having won his last two starts on AW. Shaped like this extra furlong would suit last time at Kempton and respected in hat-trick bid.
Useful when allowed his own way on the front end but that looks unlikely and it's hard to imagine he's well-handicapped in any way here.
Yet to win in three turf starts but has been running well on AW this winter. Versatile from a tactics perspective but well beaten at Epsom last time and needs to prove he's as effective on turf.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R VarianJ: Andrea Atzeni|
Count Calabash (9/2), Thundering Blue (5/1), Speedo Boy (11/2), Humble Hero (6/1), Dash Of Spice (6/1), Koeman (7/1), Western Duke (10/1), Twin Star (10/1), Machine Learner (11/1), Master Singer (12/1), Manjaam (16/1), Exceeding Power (16/1), C'Est No Mour (20/1), Fearsome (20/1), Great Sound (33/1), Croquembouche (50/1)
- Dash Of Spice
- C'Est No Mour
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