16:15 Carlisle Wed 12 September 2018
Takes a welcome drop in grade (has a decent record in Class 5s) and was possibly a little unlucky not to get closer over 7f here a fortnight ago. Handles heavy ground, drop back to 6f no issue and looks one of the main players.
Poor effort at Doncaster last time out but his win at Pontefract (6f) on soft ground the time before would make him more interesting. Worry would be that he's not been since June, so may need this run to put him straight.
Has been running on quicker ground for much of this season but does handle slower, and comes into this off the back of a narrow defeat at Doncaster, going down a neck to an improver. Of obvious interest here on that.
Winner on soft ground at Doncaster in April but three much lesser efforts since then, although possible excuses for a couple of them. Might be well drawn if field comes stands side and although risky, isn't discounted.
Comes here off the back of a hard-fought win (in better grade) at Ripon last time out, and 4lb rise for it looks fair enough. Much slower ground to contend with here but as an in-form contender has to be considered.
Not unfancied last three starts but in truth has shown little and appears to have gone off the boil a bit. Drop back to 6f far from certain to suit either, and he makes only limited appeal.
Well on top at the finish at Thirsk on latest start and looked like he had more wins in him based on that, but faces much slower ground here today, which asks a new question of him. Chances if handling it, despite 7lb higher mark.
No win in 10 starts although often goes off well fancied. Easily beaten off at Epsom again last time (slowly away) and still has plenty to prove, not least ability to handle the ground.
Only 4 wins in 47 starts is an obvious concern but does at least come into this off the back of a reasonable effort over C&D last time out, staying on late. Best form comes on sand, but place chances here all the same, with the ground no issue.
Not going anywhere quickly at present but does at least act on soft/heavy ground, which is something. Step up to 6f far from certain to suit though, and on that, others are preferred.
Came good in bottom grade at Ayr three starts ago (7f, good ground) but hasn't run to that form in two starts since. Does have some form at the track in heavy ground though, and will be staying on when others have had enough. Place chances.
Yet to win in 10 starts but there's a race in him based on his two soft ground efforts at Ripon and Doncaster in the spring, runner up both times. May strip fitter for a recent outing and could show up well here.
Winner at Thirsk (6f)in August when there was some cut in the ground and ran well enough over C&D last time out to think that, with conditions fine, he could challenge for the places at least.
Has beaten only a handful of horses home last six starts and has no realistic chance of success from well out of the handicap here.
Last Year's Winner
Inexes (11/4), Shortbackandsides (5/1), Redarna (15/2), The Right Choice (9/1), Muatadel (10/1), Polyphony (10/1), Haverland (12/1), Deeds Not Words (12/1), Chaplin Bay (14/1), Conversant (16/1), Stubytuesday (16/1), Alfie's Angel (18/1), Sir Derrick (18/1), The Golden Cue (20/1), Hello My Sunshine (20/1), Billiebrookedit (50/1), Henrietta's Dream (150/1)
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