20:30 Chelmsford City Thu 6 December 2018
Won twice last year for Robert Cowell but has largely struggled in some tough races for new stable this campaign. Gets a welcome drop in grade but still needs to find more on current form.
Enjoying a very good year and was right up to his best when a narrow second over this C&D. Below that at Kempton but now down in grade and back at this track has to be respected.
Took advantage of a reduced mark when winning at Salisbury and not far away when back to this class last time. Former C&D winner but does remain hard to predict.
Losing run dates back to June 2016 when winning off 7lb higher over this C&D. Gets a much needed drop in grade and should be competitive but is proving frustrating.
Good run of consistent form in four starts since joining this yard and remains open to improvement. Some concern that he may be best on a slower surface and ideally a furlong further but hard to dismiss.
Raised 4lb for Ripon win before getting in the wrong group at Nottingham. Could still be competitive off this mark if taking to the AW.
Never finished outside the first three in six starts on the AW for Michael Bell and after struggling on turf bounced back with a good second at Newcastle. Was squeezed for room early and has since sold for 16,000 gns. Respected on stable debut.
Now 6lb below last winning mark for Richard Hannon but held in a weaker contest on stable debut and this requires more.
Got his head back in front from a reduced handicap mark at Thirsk in May but he's struggled from his revised mark in his last three runs. Others preferred.
Not disgraced on return from long absence at Salisbury in July but she has gone backwards in three starts since and remains easy to overlook.
Last Year's Winner
Choice Encounter (11/4), Excellent George (10/3), Saaheq (9/2), Machree (9/1), Ornate (10/1), Bowson Fred (10/1), Dotted Swiss (10/1), Acclaim The Nation (16/1), Equimou (16/1), Exceedingly Diva (33/1)
- Choice Encounter
- Excellent George
- Bowson Fred
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