12:45 Ascot Sat 14 July 2018
Series of good efforts this season, culminating in a fine third in the Wokingham Handicap at the Royal meeting. Effective over this 1f shorter trip and has sound claims despite a 2lb rise.
Back-to-back wins at Redcar and Nottingham before a fair effort in mid-division at The Curragh. Has a career-high mark to defy.
Mixing it in Listed company when fifth to Muthmir at Haydock last time. AW record much superior to his return on turf, although current mark on grass looks fair.
In good form in the autumn and made a pleasing return to action when ninth of 28 in the Wokingham. Should be sharper for the run and 1lb drop is a bonus, but return to the minimum trip may not be ideal
Frontrunner who returned to winning ways when making all at Newcastle. Likely to be the one to aim at up front, but 6lb rise will be hard to overcome.
Made it win number 11 when winning in good style at Ayr on Monday. Turned out quickly under a 6b penalty, but last year's winning form suggests he should be able to cope with the extra weight.
Stable companion of Line Of Reason who made it four wins on the spin when scoring well at Chester. Now 20lb higher than for the first of those successes, but dangerous to rule out.
Good second in this race last season, but has not really fired this year. On a long, losing sequence, but not dismissed given his liking for the hurly-burly of these contests.
In good heart with three wins this year, but was well held in a Group 3 contest at Sandown recently. Tough task for a three-year-old against seasoned handicappers, but is clearly talented.
The second three-year-old in this contest, he ran well to finish seventh of 20 in a valuable 6f handicap at York last time. May find this stiff task coming a bit too early in his career.
Won well at Bath in April, but has struggled off higher marks since. Others look much better handicapped.
Has not really kicked on since running well on his first start for this yard. but has slipped down the weights to an appealing mark. A lively outsider who has been drawn near the likely pace.
Chased home Copper Knight at Newcastle last time and is 6lb better off for a 1¾L beating. Like his stable companions Jumira Bridge and Encore d'Or, he is worth a second look.
Plenty of interest in this one given he is ridden by one of the stars of the Japanese racing scene. Well behind Copper Knight last time, however, and needs to up his game.
Blew the start when last of seven at Thirsk on latest outing, but had previously been in good form. Has been set a stiff task on his first run over 5f.
Good level of form this season, including when third of seven at Sandown on his latest start. Handicap mark looks a bit stiff and connections will be hoping a first-time visor ekes out improvement.
Well held behind Copper Knight at Newcastle, but had previously beaten Muscika at Nottingham. Represents last year's winning stable.
Two ordinary efforts since winning at Musselburgh at the beginning of last month. The fitting of cheekpieces will need to have a positive effect if he is to get involved.
On a lengthy losing streak, but was only just touched off at Chelmsford last month. A 3lb rise for that run sets him a big challenge.
In good form last season, but two runs this term have been underwhelming. The handicapper has relented, however, and he would be a threat if returning to his best.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M ApplebyJ: S De Sousa|
Major Jumbo (11/2), Spring Loaded (7/1), Polybius (8/1), Line Of Reason (8/1), Copper Knight (10/1), Evergate (11/1), Tanasoq (12/1), Haddaf (12/1), Green Power (14/1), Open Wide (16/1), Justanotherbottle (20/1), Poyle Vinnie (25/1), Barrington (25/1), Atletico (25/1), Muscika (28/1), Encore d'Or (33/1), Merhoob (33/1), Dougan (33/1), Foxy Forever (33/1), Jumira Bridge (33/1)
- Line Of Reason
- Jumira Bridge
- Major Jumbo
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