18:40 Salisbury Tue 11 September 2018
- William Hill Racing Follow Us On Twitter Handicap (Div 1) (Class 5)
- 1m 6f 44y, Good to Firm
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Maiden winner at Kempton over 1m last September. Struggled this year until taking advantage of marked drop in class to win 0-65 handicap at Leicester (1½m) last time. This isn't a great deal stronger, so he's respected under a penalty.
Middle leg of a 2016 hat-trick came over C&D, and back to form on turf of late, winning at Lingfield in May. Would have gone close but for hanging at Epsom last time, and respected in this company.
Credit to his trainer, as he has his quirks, and while he wasn't disgraced over C&D last time, he had the run of things, and his last Flat win outside of the Channel Islands was almost exactly five years ago.
Has more ability than his record would indicate, but not always generous in showing it, and comes here off another underwhelming effort at Epsom. Has questions to answer now.
Hard to predict these days but he bounced back to form to land a weak handicap hurdle at Fontwell last month. That win came with a visor fitted, but headgear missing now.
Won a 1½m handicap here from 5lb lower in June, and not discredited off revise mark since. This is easier than his latest task at Newbury, and he promises to be well suited by the step up in trip.
Half-brother to a couple of smart stayers, and while he's pulled up no trees so far, he's feasibly handicapped on the balance of his form, and this represents an easier task then when running in a competitive maiden at Newbury last time.
Took advantage of a drop in the weights when winning at Lingfield in July, and similar form when third of 7 to Astromachia at Goodwood last time. May have more to offer.
Lightly-raced gelding who stepped up on earlier efforts when 2¾ lengths second of 10 to The Resdev Way in handicap at Catterick (1¾m) last time. Unexposed as a stayer, and one to bear in mind.
Last Year's Winner
Psychotic (5/2), Highland Sky (11/4), Swordbill (6/1), Mr Fickle (7/1), Golden Image (8/1), Hatsaway (10/1), Beer With The Boys (14/1), Phoenix Dawn (16/1), Rossetti (25/1)
- Golden Image
- Beer With The Boys
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Ben Linfoot seeks out the value in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup Handicap on Friday with an unexposed sprinter from Newmarket taken to land the spoils.
Keith Hamer reckons Karl Burke's fine run of form can continue at Ayr on Friday - he has a tip for every race.