16:10 Beverley Tue 15 May 2018
C&D winner who took three handicaps when he was in a purple patch last year his win here coming off 78 (highest winning mark 82). Found his good run coming to an end in his last three starts; back from a break (mark looks stiff).
Course record reads 121 (one C&D win) and he shaped well last time out at Chester (7f, good) behind two who got a smoother run (forced to challenge wide). Features off the same mark here (has won off higher in the past); well drawn to attack.
Unbeaten over C&D (2/2) taking a maiden and a handicap last year on quick ground both times. Won again after that on the AW (form a little in-and-out) and ran well enough on return on the AW over a mile; needs to improve though off this mark.
Yet to win in handicaps (two tries) but has landed two minor events from different stable in headgear both times over 1m. Ran respectably on his handicap debut and again ran with credit over C&D last time; mark looks a little testing in handicaps.
Not won since his debut in a 7f Redcar maiden in 2015 although he has been highly-tried in Listed/Group races. 0/7 in handicaps since being dropped to that discipline and despite the declining mark is finding it hard to build any momentum.
Suspicion that he should have won more than just a maiden (over shorter here) and the handicapper is now starting to give him a real chance. Without his usual hood last time his finishing effort was rather weak (not the first time); caution advised.
Has always enjoyed himself around here (5/21) and his two runner-up spots this year have confirmed that view. Possibly bumped into a relatively unexposed one last time although this trip might be a little short of his best these days.
A three-time winner in handicaps last year he's returned in good form despite running over trips that are beyond his optimum (on heavy both times). Improved from debut this year and now given a chance by the handicapper; 4lb below last winning mark.
Wide draw won't help here and although he's shown some of his old ability this year he might not be any better than this mark these days. This will be his first run on turf this year though and he's 14lb below his last winning mark.
On a long losing run although he showed at Wetherby (7f, heavy) last time that he's still good enough to win races. Didn't really get the run of the race there (draw also didn't help) and he's been rather unlucky in that department again here.
Cheekpieces retained from last time when the addition of them appeared to see her take a step forward at Nottingham over this trip (soft) last time. Winner (Red Tea) got first run and the form has been franked by the win of the second; wide draw.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D CarrollJ: T Hamilton|
Dawaaleeb (11/4), Alejandro (3/1), Areen Heart (9/2), Jacbequick (9/1), Prying Pandora (10/1), Magic City (12/1), Proud Archi (16/1), Rinaria (16/1), Zodiakos (20/1), Kentuckyconnection (20/1), Fieldsman (20/1), God Willing (25/1)
- Prying Pandora
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