14:20 York Thu 17 May 2018
Very hit and miss but he's highly effective when he's in the right mood. Has the potential to hang right but drawn well here and arrives on the back of a win after an impressive effort at Newbury last time.
Arrives bidding for a hat-trick after finishing last season with an excellent course win over 6f and returned with a bang at Newmarket when allowed to dominate again. Unlikely to get an uncontested lead here and needs more from a career high mark.
Started last season in good form for this yard after leaving John Gosden at the end of his three-year-old campaign. Seemingly in need of some relief from the handicapper of late and his two best efforts have come with cut in the ground.
Speedy front-runner - returned in fine form with placed efforts at Pontefract and Chester. More effective on a tight track with a bend rather than this test though and draw a potential negative with jockeys favouring the other side here Wednesday.
Started the season in fine form last year, landing back-to-back wins at Chester before a C&D success. Form tailed off towards the back end of the year but only 1lb above his last winning mark as a result and not ruled out.
In flying form last year, rattled off a hat-trick with the third of those wins coming over C&D (dead-heat). Struggled in two starts since but entitled to come on for his recent reappearance run at Pontefract and potentially more to come this year.
Won twice last year and well suited to fast ground but probably better suited to 6f these days and will need them to go a good gallop to bring his stamina into play.
Course winner over 5½f last winter but not won in a handicap off a mark this high since 2012. Yard do well with their older sprinters and he came on from a disappointing reappearance at Epsom last time with a better effort at Epsom so not ruled out.
Gained a second C&D success in October but would probably prefer slightly softer ground than what he's going to get here and more needed off his career high handicap mark.
Won twice last season but signs the enthusiasm is waning in more recent starts and never going the pace on either of his three most recent runs. Needs to bounce back in what are his optimum conditions at least.
C&D winner back in 2015 but only won once since when landing a six-runner race at Lingfield earlier in the year. Only 3lb higher but hard to imagine he's well-handicapped in any way and well beaten earlier in the month at Newmarket.
Won three of his eight starts in 2017, the latest of which coming over C&D and while he's not particularly consistent, he's the type to carry on improving for this yard. May need this run on his return though.
Effective on his day but out of form towards the back end of last year and entitled to need the run on stable debut after a significant absence.
Without a win in 17 starts but has been running well in defeat for his new yard of late. Well-handicapped on his best form and may improve in first-time blinkers here.
Arrives here bidding to land a four-timer having returned with a win at Doncaster last month. 5lb rise for the latest effort looks a bit harsh but booking of the Champion Jockey an obvious bonus.
A bit of Musselburgh specialist and won back at that course again last time. 3lb higher in what looks a stronger race and has developed a bad habit of missing the break which is something he can't do here. Will be doing his best work in the finish.
Lost her maiden tag here over 5½f and subsequently won her next two starts but badly out of form throughout the rest of the campaign including three starts here. Entitled to need the run here on first start since a wind op.
Won twice on AW this winter but hard to imagine there's much scope for improvement off this handicap mark on return to turf though.
Last Year's Winner
|11||Duke Of Firenze||8||9-7||13/2||Full Result|
|T: D C GriffithsJ: D Allan|
Edward Lewis (6/1), El Astronaute (15/2), Copper Knight (8/1), Major Jumbo (17/2), Poyle Vinnie (11/1), Line Of Reason (11/1), Carlton Frankie (12/1), Sheepscar Lad (12/1), Holmeswood (14/1), Gracious John (14/1), East Street Revue (14/1), Royal Brave (16/1), Orient Class (20/1), George Dryden (22/1), Pipers Note (25/1), Desert Law (25/1), Dark Shot (28/1), Excessable (28/1), Rosina (50/1)
- Desert Law
- Poyle Vinnie
- Gracious John
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