16:35 Ascot Fri 13 July 2018
Held in a couple of competitive handicaps (6f-7f) in May, but has had wind surgery since then and is a two-time C&D winner; 2lb below his last winning mark (May 2017).
Surface versatile seven-year-old who ran a very creditable third to Dreamfield over C&D in May (33/1), and wasn't far off that form at Windsor latest (6f) when finishing sixth to old foe Silent Echo; respected despite lack of a turf win since 2013.
5f specialist who ran really well to be just over 1L behind Mabs Cross in a Newmarket Group 3 (Palace House) in May, but failed to convince after a tardy start at Ayr last month, so is one to have reservations about over 6f.
Useful sort on his day but not so good of late and never able to get competitive in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle (5f) last month; longer trip possibly helpful; beaten a short-head in this race in 2017 (off 5lb higher).
Won two of his first three starts (5f-6f) and has handled himself well enough since introduced to handicap company without appearing to be obviously well treated; likely stronger late on if able to harness his early race enthusiasm a fraction.
Winner of both of his handicap starts so far (6f, Windsor and Nottingham); 6lb higher today as he seeks the hat-trick in a stronger race, but form stacks up well enough overall and he'll relish the quick ground underfoot.
Quiet since beating Hakam by a short-head in this race in 2017, but does race from a 5lb lower mark as a result; nothing overly positive to read into his latest effort (7f), so needs to bounce back big-style if to regain his crown.
Has enjoyed a massively productive spring up north, winning three successive 5f Class 6 handicaps at Hamilton and Beverley; every indication that the handicapper has his measure now and this is a very tough task over a new trip.
Versatile sort (turf and AW winner); 4lb above his last winning mark at Windsor (6f, good) in May, but posted a lesser effort in a deeper race at York latest, so a career best performance is now required.
Last Year's Winner
|9||Lightning Charlie||5||9-7||16/1||Full Result|
|T: Mrs A J PerrettJ: S J Drowne|
Chagatai (3/1), How Far (3/1), Normandy Barriere (11/2), Miracle of Medinah (7/1), Lightning Charlie (17/2), Daschas (10/1), Hakam (10/1), Only Spoofing (10/1), Equimou (25/1)
- Miracle of Medinah
- How Far
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