17:30 York Fri 13 July 2018
Won twice over 7½f at Beverley last year and creditable efforts in handicaps on first two starts this year. Easy to forgive a poor run in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot, and capable claimer takes over now.
Considered on form which has seen him win 6f handicaps at Newcastle and Ripon in May, but reportedly bled when disappointing here last time, and hard to support with confidence based on that.
Improved when scoring over this trip at Catterick on penultimate start, and pulled out more to follow up at Ayr last time. Handicapper has had his say, but not ruled out given current rate of progress.
Dual 6f winner last season, and several respectable efforts in defeat this term, albeit those go to underline his vulnerability in handicaps off current mark.
Won on second start at Chelmsford (6f) in November. Had a breathing operation prior to his return at Newmarket, and was well backed, but disappointed. Tongue tie goes on now, and too early to write him off.
Won over this trip in the mud at Leicester in April, and has maintained his form in different conditions since, with latest third at Newcastle giving him solid place claims.
Form of his debut win here has worked out well, but he hasn't really progressed as expected, and latest seventh over 1m here makes him look opposable again.
Some decent efforts in nurseries last season, but ended the season looking exposed, and hasn't been competitive in two runs this year.
Caught the eye on sole nursery outing last year, and again in 1m handicap at Redcar last time, travelling strongly into contention but not seeing it out as strongly as expected. Likely to be suited by this drop in trip, and respected.
Last Year's Winner
|T: K A RyanJ: Lewis Edmunds|
Byron's Choice (10/3), International Man (7/2), Citron Major (5/1), Bertog (11/2), Prestbury Park (9/1), Red Cymbal (9/1), Inviolable Spirit (10/1), Alfa McGuire (10/1), Poet's Dawn (25/1)
- Inviolable Spirit
- Alfa McGuire
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