16:05 Ripon Sat 21 July 2018
Stole the race under a positive ride when winning at Haydock in June (1m3f+), but has found this elevated mark (10lb higher) just beyond his capabilities since.
Rated 6lb lower on turf than on the AW (3 from 7), so should theoretically be competitive, especially as we know that good ground is his favoured conditions on grass; second start back from wind surgery.
Bought from Mrs John Harrington for 22,000gns in November, and kicked off his English career by finishing second over C&D in April (good to soft); less promise in strong races since (including the Chester Cup).
Back from a spell in the UAE, but unconvincing so far, admittedly with excuses which included being outclassed in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot and finding the trip too short at Hamilton latest.
Improved since arriving from Ireland, with form figures for this trainer of 3,1,1,1,2; risen 22lb in the weights since April, including a further 4lb for finishing 1½L second of seven to Rainbow Rebel at Chester (1m3f, good) recently.
Stays well and was a decisive winner at Doncaster in October 2017 (1m4f, good to soft); not quite able to cope with the subsequent 8lb rise and yet to hit his stride in 2018, but dropped 2lb and is fairly lightly raced overall.
Reliable sort, admittedly without winning since March 2017 but has competed to the best of his abilities so far this season, including when beaten just over 2L by Drill at Newmarket last week (1m4f, good to firm).
Winning hurdler who is also 2 from 5 on the Flat (turf); ran an excellent race in the Chester Plate in May (2m2.5f), weakening late on and value for more than his finishing position of eighth; surprisingly raced over fences since.
The ground was described as soft when he took this race off a similar mark in 2017 (won by 3½L), but he's equally adept on quicker ground as demonstrated by slipping the field to win at York in June (penultimate start).
Unexposed (3 from 9; 33%); yet to win over further than 1m3f, but there's plenty of stamina in his pedigree so the trip shouldn't prove problematic; big effort required off joint-career high mark on first start since September 2017.
Left Andrew Balding for 35,000gns in November 2017 as a two-time winner in seven starts; respectable showings on all three starts for Iain Jardine (1m2f-1m4f), but will find it tough to make all in this contest.
Course winner as a juvenile (6f), and now sits 4lb below her last winning mark (July 2017); races mainly over 1m2f, so despite representing an in-form trainer/jockey combination wouldn't make much appeal with stamina reservations.
Likable three-year-old who made an impression over shorter trips on the AW at Newcastle last summer and has gradually upped his game with each step up in trip; 3lb higher than when winning by ¾L on first attempt at 1m4f at Chester latest.
Last Year's Winner
|T: T D EasterbyJ: D Allan|
Aasheq (2/1), Reshoun (7/1), Atkinson Grimshaw (7/1), Sofia's Rock (15/2), Appointed (9/1), Final (10/1), Mukhayyam (11/1), Mixboy (14/1), Benadalid (16/1), Carbon Dating (25/1), Grandee (25/1), Baydar (25/1), Archi's Affaire (33/1), Mount Tahan (33/1)
- Mount Tahan
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