18:55 Haydock Thu 14 June 2018
The long losing run is slightly off-putting (two years since last success) but he shaped well last time out dropped to this grade and off this mark. He's threatening to come good soon though if he can settle a little better; a 0-85 handicap awaits.
Almost three years is the span of his losing run now (on turf) although he did give hope for the future when running well from a poor draw at Pontefract last time. He's now slipped down to a good mark though and can be competitive here.
Did really well for this yard (good with sprinters) when moving from Tim Easterby last year winning three races (two handicaps; 5f). Progress has started to slow a little since but her reappearance offered something to work on; more to come here.
In great form throughout last season winning four times over this minimum trip and improving some 20lb in the handicap. Picked up where se left off on her comeback run posting a career-best but paying for it in the handicap; can be excused last time.
Ended last season in good form and has continued on the up this year winning off a new career-high mark of 71 at Nottingham on his penultimate start. Had to improve again last time off another new mark (runner-up); better back on a flat track.
Both his wins have come on the AW with his turf form reading 294330. Ran too close to the strong pace on his only turf start this year and still looks a little high in the handicap in this sphere.
Took another step forward from a promising return in an AW 6f maiden when shaping well on his handicap bow stepped up to 7f back on turf. Quite speedily bred though and should be able to cope with this move back to 5f on his second handicap start.
On the best of his juvenile form you can make a case for him being well treated here although he has to be able to build on his Windsor third last time. Strong in the betting last time he goes off the same mark here and should be noted in the market.
Its 20 runs since he was seen on turf having recorded two AW wins in that time and that's the surface all his wins have come on (0/18 on turf). Looked rusty after a break last time out but 4lb out of the handicap and faces a tough task.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Signore Piccolo||6||9-8||11/1||Full Result|
|T: David LoughnaneJ: P Mulrennan|
Roman River (5/2), Shepherd's Purse (10/3), Jabbarockie (7/2), Patrick (5/1), Iconic Knight (11/1), Confessional (12/1), Ocelot (20/1), Lydiate Lady (25/1), Big Time Maybe (33/1), Red Stripes (66/1)
- Shepherd's Purse
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