14:15 Ascot Sat 11 August 2018
- Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap) (Class 3)
- 1m 3f 211y, Good (Good to Firm in places)
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Has just won once in 17 starts for this yard, a valuable handicap at York last year. Back down below that winning mark now but there's a suspicion he will have wanted some cut in the ground to be seen at his best.
Belatedly got his head back in front at Windsor last time when staying on best of his rivals. Looks very well-handicapped on old form and while a strong gallop is key to his chance, he should get that here. Leading claims.
Hasn't won since his maiden success at Navan. Ran okay over C&D two starts back but probably needs more relief from the handicapper before he gets his head in front.
Won on debut for this yard and put a run of heavy defeats behind him with a win over 1m6f here last time out. Will need a strong gallop to aim at over this trip but a 5lb rise for his win is fair and he has each-way claims again.
C&D winner last time out when narrowly hanging on despite hanging right in the closing stages. Doesn't look like the easiest sort (can race keenly) but a 4lb rise is fair enough and retained his form well once he hit some form last year.
All four of his wins have come over 1m. Markedly back up in trip here, not certain to stay and may need some relief from the handicapper before he gets his head back in front.
Running well in defeat throughout most of 2018 and probably didn't see out the trip last time out at York. First-time blinkers could see him to better effect given that he hasn't looked the most convincing in the finish and yard are in fine form.
Rattled off a hat-trick towards the back end of last year and proved his revised mark wasn't beyond him with two wins this campaign. Will appreciate a return to quicker ground here and he looks progressive; can't be ruled out.
Five time winner on the AW but yet to win in four starts on turf. Ran well over 2m at Kempton last time out and drop back in trip is a positive but needs to prove he's as effective on this surface.
Second Reserve: Likely pace angle if he gets in to the race, though missed the break when winning at Brighton last time out. 4lb rise for that win quite possibly stiff enough though and this is tougher.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Great Hall||7||9-10||12/1||Full Result|
|T: M QuinnJ: Fran Berry|
Koeman (3/1), Machine Learner (6/1), Twin Star (13/2), Eddystone Rock (7/1), Humble Hero (7/1), Maori Bob (8/1), Genetics (9/1), Majeed (12/1), Reshoun (14/1), West Coast Flyer (16/1), Nicholas T (20/1), Theglasgowwarrior (20/1)
- Maori Bob
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