19:00 Newmarket Fri 17 August 2018
- Fly London Southend Airport To Prague Handicap (Class 5)
- 1m, Good to Soft (Good in places)
- 15 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Good second at Redcar in September, but losing run mounting up, and he's failed to beat a rival in two starts this year. Cheekpieces go on now.
Yet to add to debut success on soft ground, but has been catching the eye in recent starts on AW, and again finished with running left when fourth of 10 to Glenglade at Wolverhampton last time. One to keep on side from current mark.
Strong-travelling sort who has run well on all three starts this season, most recently when second of 8 to Woody Bay over C&D. Creeping up the weights, but likely to give another solid account.
Won a 7f novice at Wolverhampton last July, but has raced only twice since, and well held on both occasions, including on sole turf start here in April. Questions to answer now.
Won a C&D handicap on quick ground last summer, and back to form when 4¼L fourth of 9 to Trulee Scrumptious here on her latest start. Looks high enough in the weights on that evidence, though.
Maiden winner at Windsor for Sir Michael Stoute, and made a promising debut for current yard at Doncaster in June having had wind surgery. Not built on that since, however, and others more appealing here.
Won four times in first half of 2017, but has lost his way badly this year, and while he's slipping down the weights, there has been no sign of an upturn in fortunes of late.
Looked a good prospect when runner-up on debut at Kempton last year, but he's failed to progress from that, and didn't look straightforward when ninth of 12 on handicap bow there last time. Still early days, but has something to prove at present.
Not as good as he was as a 3-y-o for Richard Spencer, but handicap mark now reflects that, and he was back to some form when a close third of 6 to X Rated at Haydock last time. Needs to build on that.
Raced mainly on AW in the past year, and back to winning ways from reduced mark at Lingfield in June. Better effort since when fourth there last time, but opposable from higher mark back on turf.
Stepped up on reappearance effort when third in apprentice handicap at Chester, and just failed in 4-runner event at Windsor (1m½f) last time. Respected given his generally progressive profile, for all he's since left William Haggas quite cheaply.
Broke his maiden on debut for current yard at Newcastle in November. Had wind surgery prior to return, and stepped up to land a 1m Pontefract handicap last time by 6L. Well treated under a penalty, and should go close.
Beaten at least 10L in all three qualifying runs, and while he may well do better now handicapping, his opening mark looks very stiff. Hood he wore last time is retained.
Both wins have come on AW, but of similar merit on turf, and ran well when third over 1m at Yarmouth in May. Easy to ignore a poor run over hurdles since, and not a forlorn hope back in this sphere.
Yarmouth regular who scraped home in a poor four-runner event there last month. Not disgraced since, but makes limited appeal in a race as competitive as this.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Salt Whistle Bay||3||9-4||4/1||Full Result|
|T: Rae GuestJ: S De Sousa|
Little Jo (2/1), Keepup Kevin (7/2), Executive Force (5/1), Al Reeh (8/1), Sod's Law (17/2), Luna Bear (17/2), Rebel Cause (12/1), Desert Dream (16/1), Fair Power (16/1), Gala Celebration (20/1), Brigand (20/1), Topmeup (20/1), Gulland Rock (20/1), Global Humor (40/1), Cosmic Ray (50/1), Fashaak (50/1), Casa Comigo (50/1), Soaring Spirits (66/1), Percy Toplis (100/1)
- Little Jo
- Keepup Kevin
- Executive Force
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