13:25 Lingfield Fri 18 January 2019
On a hat-trick following recent C&D Class 6 wins; 6lb higher (carries a penalty) than when beating Delicate Kiss by a decisive 1¼L last Friday; obvious chance, albeit a wide draw is unhelpful.
Veteran of 77 races who sports a 10% AW strike-rate; pulled-up (burst a blood vessel) when last in competitive action in May 2018; watching brief only on first start for Paul George.
Has finished second on four of his 12 career starts and is still searching for that elusive breakthrough success; seemingly best suited by a sound surface on turf; has slacked off on the AW more latterly.
Has the ability to score from his current handicap mark and took a step back in the right direction when beaten 1½L by Delicate Kiss over C&D in December; has left John Butler since; wide draw a potential negative.
A shadow of the horse who was competing in Listed/Group races (inc the Norfolk and Molecomb Stakes) for Richard Hannon as a juvenile in 2015; excuses at Chelmsford (Class 6) latest; drops a further 3lb lower in the handicap today.
Beaten a nose off this mark (by Storm Melody) over 7f here in December - 5/2f; has to definitively prove himself at this longer trip but could prove a real force at this level based upon his 2014/15 form for Charlie Appleby.
C&D winner who was on the premises here on his penultimate start despite finishing only sixth to Cuttin' Edge (beaten about 3L); not so strong at Newcastle latest (7f) but handily is eased a further 3lb in the weights; useful 7lb claimer aboard.
A winner off a 3lb lower mark when last competing on the AW at Wolverhampton (1m+) in June 2018; 0-6 on turf since with his form tapering off most latterly; returns fresh from a 72-day break.
Still without a win (0-13) although isn't fully exposed on an artificial surface (0-3); has raced over 1m2f and further in each of her last six starts - run down from the furlong pole under an enterprising ride here (1m2f) latest.
Veteran who has done the bulk of his winning in low grade handicaps on turf (10-49); last seen in competitive action for Des Donovan at Killarney in August; look elsewhere.
Didn't cover herself in glory for Irish handler Ger Lyons (0-7 between 6f-1m2f) and similarly has failed to make much of an impression over an extended 1m1f at Wolverhampton for current trainer David Evans; visor now applied.
Last Year's Winner
Weloof (13/8), Mr Mac (7/4), Highway One (17/2), Ventriloquist (10/1), Barrsbrook (12/1), Ubla (12/1), Spiritual Star (20/1), Kodi Koh (20/1), King Of Rooks (25/1), Scrutiny (25/1), King Torus (33/1)
- Mr Mac
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