15:15 York Sat 13 October 2018
Started this season by winning the Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster. Hasn't seen much action since but ran a blinder in the Ayr Gold Cup before a respectable second in minor company at Beverley. Vulnerable to younger rivals..
C&D winner who took a Listed race at Chester in August and third in similar company here prior to a solid effort in the Ayr Gold Cup when second home on the "wrong" side. Has no secrets fron the handicapper, but folly to ignore.
In the form of his life this season, winning by wide margins over C&D and at Hamilton. Excuses on account of ground/trip on last two starts, and capable of bouncing back, but wouldn't want much rain.
Another with winning form over track and trip and had been running well until finding heavy ground against him in Ayr Gold Cup last time. Should bounce back, although further rain would not help his cause.
Been just in the handicapper's grip this year, with his only win coming in a four-runner affair at Newmarket in July. As good as ever when second to Royal Brave at Ripon last time, though, and yard in double-winning form here on Friday.
Third to Teruntum Star in this a year ago (both 1lb lower now), and beat Golden Apollo and Summerghand over C&D in July. Won race on far side when third in Ayr Gold Cup last time, and respected in current vein of form.
Hard to knock what he's done this year, with a couple of wins to his name, and he appreciated slightly easier task when third to Helvetian at Salisbury last time. This is harder, but he has claims if getting the breaks.
Hasn't won since May 2017, but running as well as ever, and hard to fault his latest second to Von Blucher at Doncaster last time. Probably best when hearing hooves rattle, and recent rain dampens his prospects.
Won at Epsom earlier in the campaign on soft ground and has not been disgraced in recent starts, including when sixth of 15 to Raising Sand in Challenge Cup at Ascot (7f) last time. Probably best over further than 6f these days..
Form dipped a little in the summer, but right back on track of late, and ran a cracker to chase home Snazzy Jazzy in the Ayr Silver Cup last time. Highest stall a slight worry, but much respected on latest form.
Now 1lb lower than when beating Flying Pursuit in this race a year ago, and better than the result at various times this year. Faded late after travelling well in Ayr Gold Cup, and decent claims if a visor has a positive effect now.
Goes well at Ripon, winning back-to-back handicaps there in mid-summer. Not at best on recent outings, though, and others more convincing at present.
Smart on his day, and won in the mud at Doncaster in March. Has run poorly on both starts since returning from a break in August, however, and looked sour when last to finish in Ayr Gold Cup.
Won C&D listed race on this card last year, and back to that form when close third in handicap at Ascot last month. Lost chance when restrained in Ayr Gold Cup, and that run best overlooked.
Won this contest in 2015, and best effort this year when scoring over 7f at Epsom in June. Probably best at that trip these days, and struggled with the pace in Ayr Silver Cup last time.
Has become dreadfully inconsistent, winning on quick ground at Doncaster in the summer but providing little cheers since. On a lenient mark if bouncing back, but clearly not one for maximum faith.
Completed a hat-trick of wins over 5f when scoring at Goodwood in August, but just respectable efforts at best since, and stamina to prove tackling 6f for first time here.
Last Year's Winner
|2||Teruntum Star||5||9-3||10/1||Full Result|
|T: K A RyanJ: Kevin Stott|
Flying Pursuit (6/1), Al Qahwa (6/1), Teruntum Star (8/1), Tommy Taylor (8/1), Staxton (10/1), Lake Volta (10/1), Major Jumbo (12/1), Brian The Snail (12/1), Summerghand (12/1), Shared Equity (12/1), Golden Apollo (12/1), Glenamoy Lad (12/1), Perfect Pasture (14/1), Kimberella (16/1), George Bowen (16/1), Savalas (16/1), Normandy Barriere (20/1), Naadirr (33/1), Lord Riddiford (50/1), Pipers Note (50/1)
- Flying Pursuit
- Teruntum Star
- Al Qahwa
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