16:05 York Fri 18 May 2018
Won at Kempton in March when well ridden by his jockey and while only nudged up 2lb by the handicapper for that, he's struggled in two starts since at Chelmsford. Return to turf a potential positive but as record suggests, he's hard to win with.
Two time winner in 2016 but couldn't get his head in front last year, though did run his better races over 1m here. Should come on for his recent reappearance and has place claims if he can see out this new trip.
Four of his five wins on the Flat have come over this sort of trip and ran well on return at Newmarket last time despite the fact he was given a hopeless task from the rear of the field. Interesting runner and this jockey rides this course well.
A winner at Nottingham in April on second career start and has run well in defeat on two of his three subsequent runs including his comeback effort at Wolverhampton earlier in the month. Will get his head back in front sooner rather than later.
Won twice at the start of his career when trained by Ger Lyons but has shown very little in two starts since joining this year including when well beaten at Wetherby last time. Needs to bounce back but below his last winning mark at least now.
Progressive last year, rattling off a hat-trick before a respectable effort in the Cambridgeshire. Shaped like a step up in trip may be what's required on his return at Epsom last month but may come on for that run and not ruled out.
Would be arriving bidding for a four-timer if he hadn't have been demoted to runner-up at Nottingham last time. Still progressing and 6lb rise looks fair for that effort. Leading claims.
Group 3 winner in a poor run of form since winning this race last year (a second C&D success). Back below his last winning mark but hard to recommend in current mood.
Gained his first win since 2016 at Lingfield earlier this year and ran well at Kempton in follow up bid clearly didn't handle Epsom last month. Respected off a nice mark on a more conventional track in first-time blinkers.
Winner of a maiden on debut for Dermot Weld and gained his first success since with a win at Wetherby earlier this month. Found plenty for pressure and form of that win looks strong so worthy of respect in follow up bid from 5lb higher.
Ran with some promise on return from a break on first start since wind surgery at Newcastle last time. Won three times last year but needs to prove his stamina on this step up in trip.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Master Carpenter||6||9-2||12/1||Full Result|
|T: B R MillmanJ: P Makin|
Thundering Blue (3/1), Banditry (5/1), Capton (5/1), Valcartier (5/1), Titus (8/1), Master Carpenter (8/1), Erik The Red (10/1), Contrast (12/1), Kings Gift (14/1), Elusive Heights (25/1), Kyllachy Gala (33/1), Mon Beau Visage (33/1)
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