15:40 Chester Fri 14 September 2018
Has good form at the track, a win and a place from two starts here, handles some cut and although he was below form at York last time, the ground may have been lively enough for him. No surprise if bouncing back here.
Tends to reserve his best runs for Doncaster and devilishly hard to win with at the best of times, but does have a win to his name here and is now starting to look well handicapped. Quicker they go early the better for him. Chances.
Knows his way around here blindfolded, a win and two places to show from six runs but was a little disappointing when beaten at even money last time. Step back up in trip should help though, and simply can't be discounted, despite poor draw.
Beaten favourite too many times this season for comfort and in truth, is finding getting his head in front hard despite some solid efforts (including a length defeat over C&D in June). Percentage call is to look elsewhere for the winner.
Three times a winner from 38 starts on the turf, likes to come with a late run so needs a solid pace to come off. Not beaten far over C&D two starts ago and looking well enough handicapped to take a part in the finish if the breaks come.
Looks to have gone off the boil after a win at York in June and the worry is the ground, with his best form coming on quicker and his efforts on slower nowhere near as good. On that, others make more appeal.
Has been consistent for much of the year and gained due reward at Ayr last month, battling on well for the win. No issue with the track but may be happier on quicker ground these days.
Won with way more in hand than the official margin suggested at Redcar last time, eased down to win under a length but value for three. 7lb rise still leaves him on a good mark and with no ground issues, looks a major player again.
C&D winner here in July and on the same mark today, so no qualms from a handicapping score, form since then a bit patchy though and he will need to be on his A-game to beat some likely improvers here.
Will like the softer underfoot conditions as his win at Ripon last year showed, but yet to catch fire this season and a couple of spins around here have proved less than fruitful. Bit to prove at present.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs R CarrJ: J P Sullivan|
The Feathered Nest (3/1), Logi (7/2), Misty Birnam (6/1), Intransigent (13/2), Mickey (7/1), Gabrial The Devil (8/1), Magical Effect (10/1), Parys Mountain (10/1), Showmethedough (12/1), Sans Souci Bay (20/1), Bertiewhittle (20/1)
- Misty Birnam
- The Feathered Nest
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