20:25 Kempton Wed 23 May 2018
C&D winner but managed only one success in his last 25 attempts. Runner-up this month in soft-ground Yarmouth handicap. Could run well here.
More poor efforts than good ones these day, scoring once last year at Bath (1m2f, soft) off a mark of 64. Blinkers are returned here but very hard to trust.
Improving with his racing, going close at Lingfield (1m) last time on fifth start, goes up 2lb but likely can step forward again and gets Adam Kirby's assistance in the saddle.
Only win since 2015 came over 7f here in October, looked held on form since including 7L defeat over 7f at the start of this month.
Has won here before and showed himself in good light when runner-up over slightly shorter trip at Wolverhampton nine days ago. Can make presence felt.
Won his first two on the AW for this trainer over similar trips at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton, held in hat-trick bid over 1m2f and again faded late on at Brighton on most recent run.
Experienced campaigner got a win over this trip at Lingfield in March and rated only 3lb higher now. Has won at this track before and in good heart at the moment.
Former C&D but was in poor form what last spotted in January and isn't the most reliable at the best of times. Others preferred.
Gained a couple of wins this year over the mile at Lingfield, not handicapped out of this, though does tend to give away a bit at the start. Will be doing best work at the death likely.
Exposed maiden, gone 14 races without getting off the mark and failed to beat a rival home last time when switched to turf over this trip.
25-race maiden on the Flat, but continues to threaten including when runner-up at Brighton (1m, good to firm) this month. Raced quite keenly and didn't have a lot of luck in running, should be in the mix here.
C&D winner in January 2015, hasn't managed a victory since Chelmsford success over a mile in March 2016. Has tumbled down the ratings since, returns from a break but must bounce back.
Strike rate is just 2-43 on the Flat, sent off 50/1 over C&D three weeks ago and finished in midfield. Could be cast in similar role now.
Last Year's Winner
Divine Messenger (7/2), Stringybark Creek (4/1), Cat Royale (7/1), Sir Jamie (8/1), Dor's Law (8/1), Joyful Dream (9/1), Berkeley Vale (11/1), De Little Engine (14/1), Bookmaker (18/1), Freddy With A Y (20/1), Dukes Meadow (25/1), Almanack (25/1), Gracious George (33/1), Embankment (50/1)
- Divine Messenger
- Cat Royale
- Joyful Dream
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