14:00 Ayr Thu 20 September 2018
Infrequent winner (3-40), and slightly disappointing since finishing third of 18 to Medahim at Glorious Goodwood (7f, Class 3, good) in August; has won on soft previously (2017).
Hindered by a wide draw at Sandown latest (1m, good), but fully capable of making a positive impression at this level with cut underfoot; interesting to see if the blinkers help.
Effective under most conditions, and 2lb below his last winning mark (7f, Catterick, good to soft), but not as strong as in the early part of the season, so needs to bounce back.
Solid overall record on turf (5-12); campaigned on the AW this summer on account of quick ground; 4lb higher than when winning a 6f nursery at the Western meeting in 2016 (good to soft); conditions favourable - trip less so.
Runner-up to Tommy G over C&D in May (good to firm), but not at that level of form when last appearing in early July; eased in the weights, but has done the bulk of his racing on a sound surface; trainer saddles three.
Notched a second Catterick win when returning to form (7f, good) last week; races under a 6lb penalty (only due a 5lb rise), but is relatively unexposed after just eight starts and rates as the pick of his trainers three runners.
Hasn't won since June 2017, and yet to score beyond 6f; still 3lb above her last winning mark, but was competitive off this perch at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) in June when beaten just over 1L by Homeopathic; handles good to soft.
6f Ayr maiden winner as a juvenile (soft); beaten ¾L by Alemaratalyoum over C&D in June (good to firm), and competes from a similar mark today off an 83-day absence; place chance for a trainer who saddles three runners.
9yo; winner of 10 of his 70 career starts; 2lb higher than when seeing off 19 others at York (7f, good) in May; handles cut; finished 18th of 24 in the Bronze Cup (6f) of 2016 on his sole previous Ayr start.
Encounters cut in the ground for the first time since winning unchallenged (made all) at Musselburgh in March (7f, maiden); although the ground could feasibly be the key for him, his form in handicaps isn't strong enough to tempt.
Sits 7lb higher than when winning at Chester in July (7½f good), and in truth that's probably plenty high enough; no worries whatsoever about the soft ground, but requires a career best effort in order to score.
2-7 (dual 1m AW winner) for previous handler Roger Varian, before moving on for 17,000gns in February; poor in three starts for this stable (dropped 7lb in the weights), and the cheekpieces are now applied.
Has raced on ground softer than good on just two occasions, winning both times at Lingfield (6f, soft), and more latterly at Yarmouth (7f, good to soft); 6lb above his last winning mark, but merits respect in these conditions.
Last Year's Winner
Chai Chai (11/2), Iron Sky (6/1), Queen's Sargent (7/1), Tawny Port (7/1), Golden Slam (15/2), Truth Or Dare (9/1), Saint Equiano (10/1), Roller (10/1), Angel Of Darkness (16/1), Right Action (18/1), Magic City (20/1), Scofflaw (20/1), Tiercel (28/1), Glengarry (33/1)
- Golden Slam
- Angel Of Darkness
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