14:55 York Wed 16 May 2018
C&D winner in October but possibly held by the handicapper on two starts since. Dropped 1lb for his latest effort at Ripon and return to likely better ground is a positive but others make more appeal.
Has developed a habit of missing the break in three of his four most recent starts and not won since landing a soft ground Listed race over 5f at Haydock 11 months ago. Starting to become well-handicapped on the pick of his form though.
6f specialist who was in fine form towards the end of last season, winning at Ripon before placed efforts over C&D and at Doncaster. Shaped like he needed the run on his return to action and respected here.
Unplaced in five starts this year and has developed a bad habit of missing the break in recent times. On his lowest handicap mark for some time and jockey booking an obvious positive so he's hard to put a line through.
Progressive sort, won eight of his last 10 starts and having won four races at Southwell this winter, landed a five-timer at Pontefract last month. Runner-up from the race ran well at Chester last week and 4lb rise on return is fair. Leading claims.
Sole win since 2015 came in a Royal Ascot handicap last year. Two-time course winner over 5f and should get his conditions here so not ruled given that he's getting towards his last winning handicap mark. Trainer/Jockey won this last year.
Probably slightly better over 5f than this trip but won a six-runner race at Kempton over 6f in March. Needs to bounce back after a below-par effort at Newbury last time though and seems more effective on AW in recent times.
C&D winner whose best form has all come on a straight 6f. Ran well at this meeting last year over 7f and still relatively lightly raced so can't be ruled out here on return here for local yard.
Highly progressive sort last year, improving with almost every start and well suited to 6f on fast ground. No show at Lingfield in March when last of 13 and needs to come on markedly for that run but not out of this if he can.
Inconsistent sort. Yet to win in three starts for this yard but ran a fine race in defeat at Newmarket at the Craven Meeting. Hard to pass when he's on a going day and versatile with regards ground and trip so not ruled out here.
Eight wins from 38 starts on turf. Course winner who stays further than this but he's effective over this trip and has worked his way back down to just 1lb above his last winning mark. May come on for most recent effort and should go well.
Rattled off a five-timer in 2016 and while he couldn't get his head in front last year, he ran a fine race in defeat at Pontefract last time. Entitled to come on for that and has obvious claims given how well-handicapped he is on old form.
Just one win since landing a valuable handicap at the Curragh in 2015 but only narrowly touched off last time at Doncaster and all his best form has come over a straight 6f. Concerns would be this is tougher and others may prove better handicapped.
Four of his five wins have come over 6f including a Class 2 Handicap at Ripon last time. Probably needs a career best to win this and draw on the wing possibly not ideal.
Dual C&D winner but many of his better efforts have come on softer ground than what he gets here and he was only a moderate sixth of 15 at Thirsk last time. More needed.
French Listed winner as a juvenile but his three-year-old career was underwhelming, unplaced on each of his seven starts. Improved from a reappearance to finish third at Doncaster last time. However, a return to quicker ground is a concern.
Gained his first wins since debut with back-to-back successes at the end of 2017 and slowly warmed to his task this year with better efforts at both Ripon and most recently Doncaster. Faster ground the main concern here.
In good form around this time last year and ran well on seasonal bow at Doncaster last time out but has plenty on from out of the weights here considering some of his rivals look well-handicapped.
On a long losing run since winning back-to-back races at Chelmsford in 2016. Hard to fancy from out of the handicap in a race as competitive as this.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Al Qahwa||4||8-13||25/1||Full Result|
|T: D O'MearaJ: D Tudhope|
Orion's Bow (7/1), Teruntum Star (15/2), George Bowen (10/1), Final Venture (10/1), Golden Apollo (10/1), Private Matter (10/1), Danzeno (11/1), Foolaad (14/1), Out Do (14/1), Gin In The Inn (14/1), Quick Look (16/1), Classic Seniority (18/1), Tomily (20/1), Ower Fly (20/1), El Hombre (20/1), Flying Pursuit (20/1), Lucky Beggar (25/1), Dark Defender (33/1), Firmdecisions (66/1)
- Orion's Bow
- Out Do
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