16:05 Doncaster Thu 13 September 2018
Very well-handicapped on old form, although hasn't won since 2015. Revived by blinkers when good sixth of 19 at York last time, and even better than bare result there, so holds a fair chance from this further reduced mark.
Runner-up from a 3lb higher mark over C&D in June (good to firm) - form which ties in closely with Related; historically tends to go well at Doncaster (4,2,3,0,2); handles cut, and fully entitled to be competitive.
Has enjoyed a hugely productive season with a hat-trick of Goodwood wins (5f-6f) during May and June; runner-up in the Stewards Cup Consolation on his penultimate start, but not so sharp latest and that's a minor concern.
Best suited by a strong early pace over the minimum trip (hold up performer); high in the weights now following his ready Salisbury win (5f) in June, and seemingly not as effective over 6f.
Burst onto the scene fresh in 2017, winning three on the bounce (all over 6f), and a similar scenario this year - game neck winner at Thirsk in April (6f good to soft); up 1lb, and his 136-day absence is arguably a positive rather than a negative.
Difficult to win with, but the application of a visor helped to reinvigorate her at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) last month when a ¾L scorer from Highland Pass; 5lb higher; finished sixth of 13 in this race in 2017.
9lb higher than when scoring at Thirsk (6f, good to firm) in June, and whilst winning since at Redcar (beat Kenny The Captain by a neck) competes off a joint-career high mark, and that makes him vulnerable.
Tough to knock any of his Town Moor efforts over the past 12 months (has course form this season with Dougan); just over 2L fourth (off 1lb higher) to Buccaneers Vault in this race in 2017; chance.
Exceptional AW record (4-7), but as she's improved with racing, she's also become more proficient on turf; beaten just a neck by Rebel Assault off this mark in a 7f Class 3 fillies handicap at Musselburgh last month.
Beat Kenny The Captain by 1L (Related fourth, Rebel Surge sixth) when winning this race off a 7lb lower mark in 2017 (good to soft); in fair form in the main this season, but the handicapper probably just about has his measure.
Has won just once in 13 starts on turf - 7f Heavy at Epsom in October 2017; out of sorts in three runs on grass in 2018 (mainly good to soft), and difficult to consider despite falling 10lb in the weights (cumulative).
Runner-up in this in 2017 off a 1lb lower mark (good to soft), and definitely merits serious consideration with conditions firmly in his favour; solid third (beaten 1L) to Yes You at Thirsk (6f, soft) last week.
Kept busy on the AW last winter, and has competed on seven occasions (five-time runner-up) since scoring at Bath (5f, good) in June; holds few secrets from anyone, let alone the handicapper, and this mark of 75 looks too high.
Decent AW strike-rate (5-32), but perfectly fair to say that he's far from prolific on turf (1-50); ½L runner-up to Excellent George on his penultimate start at Newmarket (5f, good to firm).
Runner-up on his penultimate start at Ffos Las (6f, good), and 10lb below his last winning mark (July 2017), but increasingly is more miss than hit; finished last of seven at Chepstow (6f, good to soft) latest.
Infrequent winner (no win for over 12 months), but is becoming alarmingly well handicapped and historically could deliver a telling turn of foot from off the pace; runner-up at Leicester latest (looked to be a shade unfortunate); interesting.
No win since his Goodwood maiden success (1m) for Marcus Tregoning in June 2016, but back to form with a respectable second to Pursuing Speed over 7f here last month; up 4lb, down in trip - can he back that run up?
Still a maiden on turf (0-18), but is a three-time 7f AW winner; his best effort this season came at York in July when finishing 1½L third to Quick Look at odds of 50/1 (in a 19-runner Class 4 6f handicap); top rider booked.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Buccaneers Vault||5||9-4||9/1||Full Result|
|T: P T MidgleyJ: Georgia Cox|
Kenny The Captain (7/2), Dougan (6/1), Eastern Impact (13/2), Ninjago (10/1), Big Lachie (12/1), Rebel Surge (12/1), Tukhoom (12/1), The Armed Man (12/1), Black Isle Boy (14/1), Buccaneers Vault (16/1), Siege Of Boston (16/1), Related (20/1), Top Boy (25/1), Oriental Lilly (25/1), Oeil De Tigre (28/1), Rio Ronaldo (28/1), Lucky Beggar (33/1), London (66/1), Sir Billy Wright (66/1)
- Kenny The Captain
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