12:35 Southwell Mon 12 November 2018
Once a smart sprinter, but has only ever won one race, and although he ran creditably at Kempton last time, he's one to be wary of, and opposable despite new headgear combination here.
Not at his best since finishing second at Chepstow in August, but not shaping too badly, and only previous visit here saw him win a C&D maiden on debut.
Promise in qualifying runs without them getting to the bottom of her, and built on promise of handicap bow when winning at Newcastle last time. Will progress again, and leading claims here.
Has won twice from eight starts here, which makes him of some interest, but recent efforts have been poor, and he needs to step up markedly to figure.
In the frame on his last few starts in handicaps, and best efforts on turf with plenty of give. Yet to races on AW, however, and stamina for 1m also taken on trust (sole win over 6f at Pontefract in May).
Has two C&D wins to his name, and while he ran poorly on turf last time, he had put up several creditable efforts in defeat prior to that. Not a forlorn hope by any means.
Gained his first win since May 2016 when scoring at Brighton last month, but just respectable efforts at best since, and unplaced on both previous outings here.
Won a C&D maiden here in January and has run with credit on all starts on Fibresand. Not so good on turf of late, but returns from absence on a fair mark, and should appreciate the return to this surface.
Has won twice over 1m on turf this year, but failed to cut much ice in three previous outings here, and ability to handle this surface still unproven.
Finished third in a 7f handicap here in March, which gives him claims, but recent efforts have been poor, and others much more persuasive.
Last Year's Winner
Gilded Heaven (15/8), Weld Al Emarat (4/1), Showboating (7/1), Fieldsman (9/1), One More Chance (10/1), Wavepoint (10/1), The Right Choice (11/1), Toofi (12/1), Essenaitch (16/1), Maazel (25/1), Bold Spirit (25/1), Thundercloud (33/1)
- Gilded Heaven
- Weld Al Emarat
- One More Chance
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