17:10 Doncaster Thu 13 September 2018
Has only raced in Italy to date (3-8), with his more recent 2018 efforts coming in Listed and Group races; off the track for 96-days since finishing a weakening 3+L third at San Siro (1m, good) in June; keen prominent racer.
Shown a degree of natural progression in each of his four career starts; kicked off with back-to-back 7f fast ground wins at Newbury and Haydock, before a respectable handicap debut third at York (1m); up 3lb on softer ground.
Set some stiff tasks this season (finished 16th of 30 in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot), but is a two-time 1m winner, including when readily justifying favouritism at Yarmouth (good to soft) last month; up 3lb.
Beaten a neck by Maverick Officer (1m) at Haydock in June, and despite the progression shown by both horses since (5lb higher), they clash at identical weights today; course winner in June (1m, good to firm); softer ground a concern.
Has risen by no less than 37lb since winning at Carlisle (6f) in June; on a five-timer following another ready success at that Cumbrian venue latest, but his subsequent 10lb rise looks steep; very tough task on easier ground.
Regular on the July Course at Newmarket, with both of his career wins having come there (spread over 12 months apart); placed off this revised mark latest, but more required at a different track on predicted easier ground.
6f winner at Lingfield in January (Polytrack), but competitive on turf this summer, regularly placed over 7f on fast ground; bombed out latest on good to soft at Yarmouth, so needs to bounce back with predicted conditions a major concern.
Decisive Newbury maiden winner (6½f, soft) last back-end before switching to Doug Watson for an unproductive stint at Meydan; back with Richard Fahey now, but offered little after a slow start off a five-month break latest (7f Thirsk).
Last Year's Winner
|T: R VarianJ: S De Sousa|
Mystic Flight (13/8), Maverick Officer (3/1), Ulshaw Bridge (5/1), Highlight Reel (9/1), Whinmoor (11/1), Pettifogger (12/1), Picture No Sound (20/1), Los Camachos (33/1)
- Maverick Officer
- Mystic Flight
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