16:00 Ascot Sat 12 May 2018
Very effective when allowed his own way on the front end as seen when winning the Royal Hunt Cup over 1m here last year but tends to need the first couple of runs of the season and he's better over 1m or 1m2f.
Did well out in Dubai this winter, notably finishing runner-up in a valuable handicap at the start of March. His two prior efforts at this course have been disappointing but he's an interesting recruit on debut for his new yard.
Returned from a lengthy absence to win at Lingfield last time out and while this is obviously tougher from 7lb higher, he gets the assistance of the Champion Jockey here. Place claims.
Not won since landing a Listed race at Salisbury in 2015 and doesn't always look like the easiest ride. Put up a couple of big efforts in handicaps last year though and shaped like he needed the run at Newbury last time. Not dismissed.
Won a valuable handicap at York in 2016 but is on a long losing run at present and he's been well beaten on his two starts this campaign. Has run some big races here and on a nice mark now but draw probably not ideal.
Only won once in his last 21 starts and looks in need of some relief from the handicapper. Hard to fancy in a race this competitive.
C&D winner here in October and backed up with another big handicap win at York a week later. Running okay in defeat since and it's a positive he's returned to this course but there's a suspicion the handicapper has caught up with him.
Saves his best efforts for this course and has won twice over 1m here. Two excellent efforts in defeat over C&D last year certainly encouraging and race fitness the only real concern ahead of his reappearance.
Ended a long losing run at Doncaster last year and won again at Leopardstown later in the campaign. Would seemingly be back in the handicappers grip for now and he's shown very little on two starts this campaign.
Improved from his maiden win to land a Listed race at Newbury but not won since that day in 2016. Largely out of form last year but yard do well with these sorts and betting market could prove informative on debut for these connections.
Seemingly won with plenty in hand when winning at Newmarket in September but got a 10lb hike for that effort. Has returned with two solid efforts this year, most recently when fifth of 22 at Newbury last month and not ruled out if building on that.
Didn't need to improve to win his maiden at Thirsk last year and followed up with a win at Kempton. Travelled beautifully on his return at Newbury last month and should get a strong pace to aim at again here.
Produced a career best effort at York last year and returned with a promising 6L second at Haydock last time in a competitive race when back on the same mark as his last win. Will get the strong pace he needs here and should go well.
Won two of his first four starts and can be forgiven his latest run at the Royal meeting when drawn on the wrong side. Another who will want a strong pace and remains on a workable mark.
A winner of his first two starts in 2014 and placed in Group 2 company on third start that year. However, not been seen since and while handicapper has tried to give him a chance, it's a huge ask to land any sort of blow on return from that absence.
Rattled off a four-timer culminating in a Redcar win in May. Probably needed the run on return from an absence at Newbury last time and could be well-handicapped off this sort of mark.
Gives the impression he's more effective on turf these days than AW but ran a fine race when fifth of 24 in this last year and returns on the same mark. Place claims.
Progressive last year, rattling off a hat-trick over 1m but he's been below form in two starts this campaign and questionable whether he wants this drop back in trip.
Gained a first win since landing his maiden at Newmarket back at that course in November and shaped well on his AW return when placed at Chelmsford last month. On a nice mark but may be better over 1m.
Useful sprinter on his day and has proved useful over this trip on AW this winter. Disappointed when returned to turf last time out though and others look better treated.
Had been out of form prior to an unfortunate incident at Newcastle last time when he unseated the rider. Still above his last winning mark and others preferred.
Both wins have come on AW and well beaten in two turf starts. May want a step back up in trip to be seen to best effect.
Has found a bit of consistency on AW this winter and won at Kempton earlier in February, gaining his first win since his maiden success. Opposable on his return to turf though.
Has been kept busy but has recorded just one win in his last 24 starts and his recent turf form is patchy to the say the least. On a very nice handicap mark if he can bounce back.
Only six starts since 2015 but backed like defeat was out of the question at Newcastle last time and a good chance he may come on for that run. 5lb rise fair and market likely to reveal expectations on return to turf.
Still only has a maiden win to his name and well beaten on yard debut last time out at Lingfield. Plenty more needed here and has a bit to prove at present. Wears a first-time hood.
Just one win from eight starts but he's an ultra-consistent sort and soft ground may not have been his bag last time out. Hard to put a line through off a feather weight.
Last Year's Winner
|18||Fastnet Tempest||4||8-5||5/1||Full Result|
|T: W J HaggasJ: Josephine Gordon|
Keyser Soze (9/2), Spanish City (8/1), Silent Attack (8/1), Sabador (9/1), Louie de Palma (10/1), Tony Curtis (12/1), Escobar (12/1), Kynren (12/1), Pouvoir Magique (12/1), Firmament (14/1), Repercussion (16/1), Raising Sand (16/1), Ripp Orf (20/1), Via Serendipity (25/1), Gilgamesh (25/1), Masham Star (25/1), Get Knotted (25/1), Zhui Feng (28/1), Charles Molson (33/1), Six Strings (33/1), Sea Fox (40/1), Shady Mccoy (40/1), Burnt Sugar (50/1), Poet's Society (50/1), Nicholas T (50/1), The Grape Escape (50/1), Makaarim (50/1), Mr Scaramanga (50/1), Brilliant Vanguard (66/1)
- Raising Sand
- Spanish City
- Ripp Orf
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