17:40 Ascot Fri 13 July 2018
2012 and 2014 Cambridgeshire winner, but yet to really threaten to make the most of a falling mark and win-less in 15 starts since scoring over this trip at Doncaster in September 2015; first run in a Class 4 handicap since 2012.
Not won since March 2017, and just twice in 41 starts; largely consistent on the whole, with his best recent run coming at Kempton in May (1m), when beaten a neck by Dragons Voice.
Generally at his strongest over 7f, although did win over 1m at Southwell in January and was also a runner-up over this trip at Yarmouth last month; 5lb above his last winning mark.
Consistent throughout the course of a busy 2018 (1,1,3,1,3,1,0,2), with the bulk of those form figures gained on artificial surfaces; now rated 14lb higher than at the turn of the year and beaten 4L when finishing runner-up on turf latest.
A winner on 25% of his starts (3 from 12), he's been raised just 2lb for a head win at Windsor last month (9/4f); obvious contender over a trip which on balance appears to suit him best (1,3,1).
Left Ed Dunlop for £36,000 in May having failed to win since his juvenile days in 2016 (Listed); made much of the running on stable debut at Kempton (1m) nine days ago when a 2L runner-up to Epic Challenge.
No turf win since July 2016 (heavy) and has raced over longer trips so far in 2018 (1m2f-1m4f); has recent Doncaster form closely matched to Shadow Warrior.
Sports an almost 50% strike-rate on the AW (5 from 11), but has also found a degree of consistency on turf more latterly with solid 1m2f fast ground efforts at Lingfield and Leicester; up 3lb and dropped back in trip.
Brighton regular who has raced by the seaside in more than half of his 27 starts; this is much tougher than the Class 6 handicap in which he was a narrowly beaten 5/4f just ten days ago.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Fire Tree||4||9-3||5/2||Full Result|
|T: C FellowesJ: Paddy Bradley|
Apex King (7/4), Shadow Warrior (7/2), Poetic Force (11/2), Majestic Moon (8/1), Bronze Angel (10/1), The Warrior (11/1), Lacan (12/1), Dark Alliance (14/1), Buzz Lightyere (20/1), Throckley (25/1)
- Shadow Warrior
- Poetic Force
- Apex King
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