15:00 Newbury Sat 19 May 2018
A Pontefract Listed winner last year and shaped like he needed the run on return here last time out. Useful when he gets his own way out front but not the easiest track to make the running on the round course and faces competiton for the lead here.
Justified favouritism on his return to turf at Doncaster last time and shaped like he would appreciate the step up in trip here. Unexposed and likely to be more to come for last year's winning connections of this race.
Consistent sort, off the mark at Chelmsford last year and placed twice at Newmarket this campaign. May have finished closer last time when rider dropped his whip and not out of this if the first-time cheekpieces eke out a little improvement.
Won at Wolverhampton on second start and ran to a similar level when placed at Windsor last time out. Opening handicap mark demands improvement here though.
Has won three times on AW already since March but needs to prove he's as effective on turf and a 5lb rise might find him out here in a deeper race where he's far from guaranteed to get an easy lead.
Improved from debut on return to finish fourth of 15 here in April and progressed again at Chester last time when an easy winner in maiden company. Handicapper has not missed him here but that looked a decent race and he may improve again.
Placed on each of his first three starts, all coming at this course over shorter. Improved when stepped up in trip at Newmarket last time (Dukhan third) and should make his presence felt again from just 6lb higher for a yard in form.
Improved on return to win at Leicester in heavy ground but plenty more on his plate here on handicap debut and openeing mark demands improvement.
Got his head in front at the third attempt last year, winning at Kempton over 1m. Very disappointing favourite on return at Sandown though and has questions to answer after that effort. May improve for better ground.
Has run well on each of his four starts without getting his head in front. Placed when last seen at Sandown on handicap debut and while no match for the winner that day, it looked a strong race and he may be capable of better still.
Improved on his return when winning at Epsom in comfortable fashion. Handicapper has seemingly given him a real chance off his opening mark and more progress likely.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R VarianJ: Andrea Atzeni|
Masaarr (11/4), Communique (7/1), Chief Ironside (7/1), Dukhan (8/1), Poet's Prince (9/1), He's Amazing (9/1), Master Of Wine (10/1), Mekong (11/1), Loyal Promise (16/1), Glencadam Master (22/1), Connect (25/1)
- Master Of Wine
- He's Amazing
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