14:05 Chester Sat 15 September 2018
Chester Cup winner of yesteryear (2014), and also a Northumberland Plate runner-up in his prime; this looks to be a shade easier than the races he has tackled of late and he's handicapped to have a say, but the trip is on the short side.
Still struggling to recapture his 2016 form for previous trainer Hugo Palmer (four-time 1m2f winner), the visor is applied for his first attempt over 1m6f; ground perfect and handicap mark on the slide, but does need to prove that he stays.
His most recent win came over hurdles at Fontwell (2m1f+ heavy) in February, but absent since May, he's not done much racing on the Flat this season; has previous Chester experience (6th of 16 in the Plate); blinkers applied.
Has enjoyed a good run of form from mid-season onward, with a 1m6f win at Ripon (good) and a 2m win at Beverley (good to firm) the highlights; this track suits his prominent run style; now 12lb higher than when placed here in June (2m).
Left Dermot Weld for £20,000 in August 2017 as a winner of four races (Flat and hurdles); out of sorts early season for his new handler, last seen finishing last of 16 in the 2m2f+ Chester Plate in May; dropped 4lb.
Newcomer to staying races, having never competed over further than 1m2f previously (winner at that trip); handicap mark easing, with his most recent Epsom fourth of seven (never nearer) suggesting the extra yardage was worth trying at some stage.
Useful dual purpose horse (135-rated hurdler); beaten 4L when a one-paced fourth of seven to Master Archer (2m, good) here earlier this month, but dropped 2lb since and now has slightly easier ground in his favour; likely contender.
Stablemate of Baydar; racing over his optimum trip and with his favoured cut in the ground, but very difficult to be enthused by his five starts in 2018 since returning from a 16+ month break; tailed-off last at Nottingham latest (1m6f, good).
A winner on his sole previous visit to this track (2m, good - June 2016), and shouldn't be unduly inconvenienced by the recent rainfall; has raced over hurdles since making the frame on Tapeta at Newcastle (1m4f) in June; of major interest.
Consistent throughout the majority of this season on turf, and recorded a fourth career success (from 55 starts) when making all to gamely justify favouritism at Salisbury (1m6f, good) last month; up 4lb in a more competitive contest.
Last Year's Winner
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Night Of Glory (7/2), Project Bluebook (9/2), Ravenous (5/1), Always Resolute (5/1), Baydar (8/1), Captain Courageous (10/1), Stormin Tom (10/1), Faithful Mount (12/1), Suegioo (14/1), Zafayan (50/1)
- Project Bluebook
- Always Resolute
- Night Of Glory
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