20:30 Southwell Tue 15 May 2018
Seems to need good ground to show her best, so last couple of efforts on soft/heavy easily forgiven. Steps down in grade, yard going better after a poor spell and she stays the trip, so there's a bit to like about her chances.
Another that seems to need decent ground, has rather lost his way over fences but was a 3m winner here in September and simply looks far too well handicapped to ignore now reverting to hurdles. Has to be taken seriously.
Kempton winner over this trip last November but handicapper gave a him a kick for that and he's found life harder ever since. Slowly coming back down the weights but in no great form and others preferred.
Has too many disappointing efforts on his card for maximum faith in him, but he's slipping to an attractive looking mark now and shaped a little better than the bare result at Warwick. Very risky, but hard to rule out totally.
Wore down the useful Banjo Girl to win at Leicester in January and has been highly tried since then. Takes a big drop in grade here but this trip a total step into the unknown and on that, he's passed over today.
Did come good at Wetherby in a better race than tonight's last year, and now only 1lb higher, so nothing wrong with his mark. Inconsistent efforts since and needs to put a moderate effort last time out behind, but not discounted.
Good effort at Ascot in a better race than this and then possibly unlucky to bump into the well-treated Solomn Grundy at Ffos Las last time. Nudged up a couple of pounds but stays well and in form, so obvious chances.
Made up plenty of ground late on his handicap debut at Huntingdon to finish fourth, a much better effort and but for a late blunder may have gone close to winning. With improvement likely, he looks one of the main players here.
Both his wins have come here, which is a plus, but other than that it's a series of very moderate efforts and hopes are rather pinned on a return to this venue. Others readily preferred.
First start for in-form yard, not seen for almost a year but was a good winner at Kelso over slightly shorter last May and likely to do better. Plenty will fancy his chances coming from a hot yard, but this is a tough race.
Found his form when upped in trip and given good ground to beat Fizzlestix easily, form that has been franked a few times since. 12lb higher here but may well have more to come, and just another to consider in a very hot race for the money.
Last Year's Winner
Notnow Seamus (5/2), Mon Palois (3/1), Laugharne (6/1), Frozen Flame (8/1), Ozzy Thomas (12/1), Mickieblueeyes (12/1), Lough Salt (16/1), Hoke Colburn (20/1), Muthabir (20/1), The New Pharaoh (22/1), Affaire D'Honneur (28/1)
- Frozen Flame
- Lough Salt
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