16:10 Musselburgh Fri 10 August 2018
Dual winner at the start of the year when responding well to pressure to win over staying trips and has hardly run a bad race in defeat since. Good second in a Listed contest and Ascot handicap last two starts; looks to be crying out for this trip.
Winner of her last two races stepping up a grade last time she will have to do so again here as well as cope with a 4f longer trip. The form of both her wins looks sound though and she shapes as though she will stay this trip; off a career-high mark.
Had not looked the most straightforward until a change of headgear brought about a change of fortune with back-to-back wins (showed a good attitude to win a handicap last time; had run of race). This is tougher off 6lb higher without an easy lead.
Shares the profile of many from this yard that have shown progress when stepped up in trip and moved into handicaps. 4-4 in handicaps so far three under today's rider (favourite last three times); now faces his toughest test off a career-high mark.
Given his handicap debut trying this trip for the first-time; now gelded since having three quick qualifying runs over 1m4f. His Haydock debut hinted that there was more to come than his shown in two subsequent starts but he's been below form since.
Last Year's Winner
Austrian School (6/4), Timoshenko (11/4), Artarmon (4/1), Life On Earth (9/2), Gallus (25/1)
- Austrian School
- Life On Earth
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