17:00 Ripon Sun 20 May 2018
Five AW wins this year have taken his career tally to 18. Not as effective on turf these days, but is 10lb lower, which gives him a realistic chance of yet another success.
Career record of 1-36 is offputting, but he did run well to be a good second of 10 at Beverley last time. Claims off the same handicap mark.
Stable companion of Gamesome who showed a little improvement to be fourth of nine at Hamilton on his latest start. Back to same mark as when winning at Beverley in September.
First win for a long time when making most to score at Bath earlier this month. Up 3lb and in good heart, but faces a possible battle for the lead with Pearl Noir.
On lengthy losing sequence since his last success at Pontefract last June. Capable of going close off this mark, but needs to regain his spark.
Successful in a Newcastle handicap in February and has been given a break since finishing seventh of eight at Chelmsford in March. Turf rating is 8lb lower than his AW mark.
Latest of 10 career wins came on the AW at Southwell in March. Turf rating is 13lb lower, but he was well held off it at Catterick last time.
Won at Catterick three starts ago and two subsequent runs off higher marks have been perfectly acceptable. Should be on the premises again.
Stable companion of Crosse Fire and returned to form when scoring at Thirsk last time. Frontrunner who has won this contest for the last two years and has a fine chance of making it a hat-trick.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Pearl Noir||7||9-0||7/2||Full Result|
|T: S DixonJ: Patrick Pilley|
Gamesome (7/2), Pearl Noir (7/2), Captain Lars (9/2), King Crimson (7/1), Shesthedream (7/1), Dapper Man (10/1), Big Lachie (10/1), Crosse Fire (10/1), Oriental Splendour (11/1), One Boy (14/1)
- Pearl Noir
- Dapper Man
- One Boy
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