20:35 Newbury Thu 12 July 2018
Been in quite good form over hurdles of late after scoring twice on the AW in the spring at Wolverhampton (1m6f). The second of those two wins the last time he was seen on the Flat off a 6lb lower mark; now has to prove himself in this grade.
Still a maiden after 13 attempts and failed to end that drought despite having the run of the race last time at Salisbury (finished runner-up). Pushed back up 2lb for that run and likely to find one or two of these more progressive at the weights.
Looks to be well-in at the weights on his jumps form and looked a little unlucky on the AW last time (found trouble; needed a stronger gallop) over 2m. That was his first chance in a handicap on the Flat; gets a second try here off the same mark.
Turned in a career-best performance last time when winning here over 2f shorter with this longer trip looking to suit. That was just reward for a string of placed efforts and only raised 3lb here as he bids to follow-up; strong gallop required.
Often looks a hard/quirky ride and can get behind in his races with his most recent victory coming in small field handicap in Guernsey. Well below form last time though but is the type who can bounce back quickly; competitive off this mark.
A winner at Windsor on his penultimate start he gained a further victory courtesy of the Brighton stewards last time over 1m2f. Now has to show a little more as he's up in grade/trip although he's bred to be suited by this distance; up 5lb now.
Got off the mark last time (6th attempt) at Windsor over a shorter trip showing a good attitude in the finish despite having looked a hard ride. Looks as though she will appreciate this but does have to cope with a 6lb penalty.
Yet to win a race although that didn't put of backers last time as he was well backed on the AW in a first-time visor over 2m. Beaten favourite now on his last two starts this trip may be a little on the sharp side (lacks a turn of foot).
Bumped into a useful sort (winner again since) on his handicap debut but wasn't in the same form the next time around with the blinkers not proving as effective. Only lightly raced so there could be more to come but best watched for now.
Proved that she had stamina for trips like this at Doncaster last time (first-time cheekpieces) despite not settling that well. Overall though her form is a little up-and-down and she would need to improve to win this.
Tongue-tie added to blinkers proved to be the catalyst for his AW victory in May off a lowly mark over 1m4f (made all). Has run creditably twice in two handicaps since back on turf but looks vulnerable off this sort of mark in this grade.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs N S EvansJ: Charles Bishop|
Cross My Mind (6/4), Seinesational (5/1), Outofthequestion (11/2), General Ginger (7/1), Acquirer (14/1), Sufi (16/1), Casemates Square (20/1), General Zoff (20/1), Zarrar (25/1), Leoro (25/1), Ochos Rios (33/1), Enchanting Enya (33/1)
- General Ginger
- Cross My Mind
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