18:45 Chelmsford City Thu 8 November 2018
Likely that the run was required over C&D in late September, and his overall AW statistics offer mild encouragement (3-8). However, remains high enough in the weights (hence the use of a 5lb claimer), and wind surgery is yet to prove beneficial.
7-18 on the AW (including over C&D). However, hasn't shown up positively on either start for this trainer (formerly with Archie Watson), so needs to bounce back as he slowly eases in the weights.
Not the most consistent, but is a talented performer on his day (as a couple of quick wins in Scotland during the month of July testify); remains fairly unexposed on the AW (0-3); wears a first time hood.
6-21 on the AW, but hasn't raced anywhere since finishing a staying on third to Wynford in a 2m3f+ handicap hurdle at Bangor in August 2017; his last AW start came when finishing 16 of 20 in the 2017 Northumberland Plate.
Runner-up to Archetype on his first attempt at 1m2f in a Conditions Stakes event over C&D last month; should appreciate this marginally easier assignment and also be stronger for that run (first start since mid-July); stamina still a minor concern.
Bought for €110,000 in July 2017 as a three-time winner in France; safe to say that things haven't quite gone to plan since (just the four starts), including when finishing last of 14 to Aquarium at York (1m2f+, soft) in October.
Limited AW experience (0-2); 14/1 winner of a Class 3 handicap at Sandown (1m, good to soft) in August, but found the going tough at Listed level next time; stamina a minor concern (runner-up on sole 1m2f start).
Two-time Tapeta winner (1m1f+ Wolverhampton), but also equally effective on Polytrack as he twice demonstrated when placed over C&D in April; turf form more modest since; chance, despite a career best effort being required off this mark.
His pedigree doesn't necessarily imply that he'll stay 1m2f, and he's never competed beyond an extended mile in ten starts thus far (1-3 on the AW); 20/1 when finishing 8½L fourth to Blue Mist in an Ascot classified stakes (1m, good) latest.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C HillsJ: P J McDonald|
Glendevon (1/1), Mushtaq (6/1), Mount Tahan (7/1), Petite Jack (9/1), Ventura Knight (10/1), Maratha (10/1), The Emperor Within (12/1), Primero (16/1), Winterlude (33/1)
- Ventura Knight
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