15:55 Sandown Fri 14 September 2018
Seven-time Group winner but only won once since 2015 and now at the veteran stage. Three runs this year have been well below his best and perhaps time is catching up but does get a chance down a further 3lb and in grade.
Started his career in Britain and won the 2016 German 2,000 Guineas before being shipped out to Hong Kong where he failed to add to his account. Needs to improve on stable debut in a valuable claiming handicap.
Won his first three and second in his next three culminating in a career best at Ayr. Struggled in a valuable York handicap but return to this grade and back to a mile should suit and he probably hasn't stopped progressing.
Finished second in last year's Cambridgeshire off 2lb lower but has been miles below that level in five starts since. Needs to bounce back following an absence but can go well fresh.
Now 4lb higher than last winning mark and wouldn't mind some rain rather than drying conditions. Could be better back at this track that he likes but others preferred.
Won three from four and only ever outside the first three once in 10 career starts. Worth this step up in grade and likely to go well again in current form.
Won this year's Spring Mile but below that in three runs since including latest following a break. Any rain would boost chances but probably needs further assistance from the handicapper.
Ran much better off this mark when second at Leicester but does like to lead and there's plenty of pace in this opposition. Drying ground would be a positive and can be competitive but stable form also a worry.
Listed winner for Richard Hannon in a very busy juvenile campaign last term. Struggled in Meydan and on stable debut but caught the eye running on at Newbury and a chance if building on that.
Last Year's Winner
|10||The Grape Escape||3||9-2||6/1||Full Result|
|T: R HannonJ: S M Levey|
Mordin (5/2), Fastar (7/2), Michele Strogoff (4/1), Majboor (9/2), Gurkha Friend (8/1), Custom Cut (12/1), High Acclaim (18/1), Knife Edge (20/1), De Bruyne Horse (25/1), Sands Chorus (50/1)
- De Bruyne Horse
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