20:05 Newmarket Thu 17 May 2018
Was second in three successive novices'/maiden events on the All Weather between September and April, the last of those being when upped to this trip. Soft ground and 1m3½f saw him well beaten last time, but he is considered from this mark.
Was a debut winner over this trip at Newcastle (Tapeta) in March. Well held on heavy ground next time and well supported when beaten favourite at Brighton last time. Initial mark looks no more than fair but entitled to respect.
Beaten a nose by Morning Skye on at Newcastle in March and also beaten just a head at Lingfield last time, finding no extra close home both times. Switches to turf/handicaps for first time with new headgear combination and should be on the premises.
Won a Yarmouth novices' event (7f, good to firm) in August under this pilot and went very close under him on his reappearance in a C&D handicap last week, when 25-1. If he can come on for that then he has claims from the same mark.
Landed a Redcar novices' event (7f, good to soft) on his second start for Richard Hannon in November. Best handicap effort so far was his first one at Chelmsford (1m, AW) in March. Has a chance if returning to that level but has a bit to prove.
Won a Salisbury novices' contest (7f, good to firm) on his second start in July. Yet to get back to that level in three further starts and has been gelded/had wind op in that time. Entitled to need reappearance and could get more competitive.
Showed promise in maidens at Yarmouth and Doncaster (both 7f) last year, but 6-1 and a shade disappointing on his reappearance at Kempton in March. Since gelded and needs to raise his game as he embarks on a handicapping career.
No fluke about her 25-1 Nottingham win (1m2f, good to soft) last month, as she proved when beaten just 1¼L following a 5lb rise back there on soft ground last time. Nudged up a further 2lb here, but remains of interest with 5lb claimed this time.
Moderate efforts in novices' events last year at 7f-1m. 13-2 for his reappearance/handicap debut from this mark at Wolverhampton (1m1½f) last month. Made late headway when never a threat there and interesting in headgear with this pilot up.
Second in a maiden and a novices' contest at Southwell (both 1m) in January. Was 39L last of 11 on handicap debut at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) last month. 2lb lower here and cheek pieces now on, so may be able to put that behind him.
Last Year's Winner
Midnight Wilde (11/4), Whitehall (7/2), Morning Skye (6/1), Beringer (13/2), Sportswriter (15/2), Apache Blaze (8/1), Grandscape (16/1), Shuhood (20/1), Blame Culture (28/1), Love Rat (50/1)
- Blame Culture
- Apache Blaze
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