20:25 Haydock Thu 14 June 2018
Got back to something like his best on his last start at Ripon brought back to a more suitable trip (1m2f, good); looked unlucky not to win (denied a clear passage). Looks on a decent mark at the moment and sure to go well.
Ripon maiden winner over 1m2f (odds-on favourite) when with William Haggas but held in handicaps for him and for this yard. Shaped better last time (first-time visor) than previous two starts but needs to build on that last outing.
Took advantage of a much reduced mark and an ideal (strong) pace scenario to win well at Musselburgh for an in-form yard. Handicapper has taken his revenge though and raised him 13lb to a mark of 78; new career high mark to cope with now.
Improved on his previous form when taking back-to-back AW handicaps in April just five days apart (favourite both times). Couldn't cope with the move back up in grade last time and failed to complete the hat-trick (again on AW); back on turf now.
Usually goes from the front but has been unable to adopt that run style this season (so far). That could be why he's below his best at the moment although his mark is reducing and that makes him dangerous if he's does race prominently.
Well backed and improved on his previous efforts when given a positive ride to win over C&D last month travelling well and winning easily. Raised 6lb for that win and may have more to offer but this grade will test him more.
Landed two C&D handicaps last year in contrasting styles to complete his season with headgear (cheekpieces) working the oracle. Hasn't quite lived up to expectations this year in two handicaps over this trip; better ground now may help.
Went 2/2 last summer in handicaps having shown little in minor/maiden events prior to that when with Sally Haynes. Now starts out for a new yard off a career-high mark off a fair absence with the market likely to provide the best clue to fitness.
Last Year's Winner
|6||Gulf Of Poets||5||9-11||7/2||Full Result|
|T: M W EasterbyJ: Nathan Evans|
Mooltazem (3/1), Abel Tasman (7/2), Daawy (9/2), Rockwood (9/2), Parole (13/2), Punkawallah (9/1), Seven Clans (9/1), Royal Shaheen (12/1), Medalla De Oro (12/1), Bahkit (16/1), Save The Bees (33/1)
- Abel Tasman
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