13:20 Market Rasen Thu 6 December 2018
Would beat this field hollow on his best form but it's been downhill for some time now, and he's only completed once in his last six starts. Another drop in grade here and the market needs a check, as support would make him interesting, but risky.
Was in good form in the spring, winning back-to-back handicaps in March, can't be blamed for getting brought down at Bangor latest and now the cheekpieces reappear, it makes him of more interest. Chances, especially with a bit more rain.
Into the veteran stage now, has had breathing issues in the past and not always the strongest of finishers. Recent efforts have been lacking but simply on too good a mark to dismiss lightly, and not the biggest surprise if successful.
Well into the veteran stage now, often placed but finds winning difficult and you have to go back to 2015 to find the last time he was successful. Likely to need this after summer break.
Easy winner at Sedgefield in May, and handicapper took action with a 7lb rise, but was still right in contention when falling at Sedgefield latest. Worry might be this trip, as he seems best at the minimum, but chances if staying it.
Got off the mark at the 56th attempt here two starts ago, coming with a right rattle late on to claim the prize. Ran just as well back here last time and is clearly in good form. Seems to reserve best for this track too, and cannot be discounted.
Tends to fade away at the end of his races whatever the trip these days, as was the case again at Sedgefield last time out. Well handicapped if he can recapture former glories but that looks unlikely, to say the least.
Ran as well as he has done for a while when runner-up to the improving Grow Nasa Grow at Sedgefield last time but an overall record of 2 wins in 56 starts tells you the problem. Likely to run his race all the same and may pick up minor prize money.
Last Year's Winner
Foundation Man (15/8), Royal Act (9/4), Quantum Of Solace (11/2), Helium (8/1), L'Es Fremantle (8/1), Hope For Glory (9/1), Showem Silver (14/1), Duhallowcountry (16/1), Gin Cobbler (18/1)
- Royal Act
- Foundation Man
- L'Es Fremantle
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