21:10 Kempton Wed 10 October 2018
Made all from a wide draw when winning the London Mile Final over C&D (20/1) early last month; 6lb higher, but much better drawn in stall 1, and has run well enough (third) over 7f at Chelmsford since.
3lb higher than his last winning mark (1m, Haydock), but is also effective on the AW and made the frame at odds of 33/1 behind comfortable winner Very Talented at Chelmsford (Class 2) on his penultimate start.
1-13 on the AW, and without a win since February 2017 (Doha), so that's indicative of his character; could capitalise on his reduced mark at some point in the future, but difficult to be confident of exactly when.
Off the track for 11 months since finishing ninth of 20 in the Class 2 Balmoral Handicap at Ascot in October 2017 (soft) prior to last month's Newmarket comeback (not disgraced); still unexposed on the AW (1-3).
Lightly-raced; finished 6¾L third to the subsequent Cambridgeshire winner Wissahickon at York (1m2f, gd/fm) in June, and might've needed the run over 1m3f here recently (first start since wind surgery); place chance despite the drop in trip.
160,000gns yearling; possibly a shade unfortunate not to be unbeaten in three starts, but has justified prohibitive odds on his last two appearances at Haydock and Chelmsford (both 1m); wears cheekpieces for handicap debut.
Faded on turf (1m, good to soft) at Sandown in August when seeking the hat-trick following back-to-back wins at Leicester (1m) and Chelmsford (1m); current mark far from prohibitive and could bounce back and maintain his unbeaten AW record.
Hindered by a wide draw on his last visit to this track in August (handicap debut) when the winning run came to an end. Also came up short over 1m at Yarmouth latest, and this is an equally competitive race.
Weakened quickly after leading on AW debut at Chelmsford (1m) last month, and hasn't been at his sharpest since winning a Class 4 handicap at Chepstow (1m, soft) in May; mark easing, but vulnerable against these kind of rivals.
Last Year's Winner
Auxerre (2/1), Piece Of History (7/2), War Glory (4/1), Elector (6/1), Global Conqueror (7/1), Greenside (10/1), Mythical Madness (25/1), Mr Scaramanga (33/1), Statuario (50/1)
- Global Conqueror
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