Thursday 21 February 2019
Betway Casino Handicap
Class 5 | 1m 4f 14y | Standard / Slow | 6 Runners | Fibresand
Off time: 16:46 | Winning time: 2m 37.19s
In fine fettle at the end of the last turf season, winning handicaps at Carlisle and Chester over shorter distances. Bit to prove following his break and AW record is not great, but he is progressive and worthy of respect.
Trained by Ed de Giles when disappointing on the Flat and over hurdles at the back end of 2017. Long absence to overcome and is best watched on debut for this stable.
Dual winner on the AW, but recent displays have been underwhelming. Tries his hand on Fibresand for the first time and cannot be seriously fancied until hinting at a revival.
Back to winning ways when landing a Wolverhampton claimer last month. Handles Fibresand and, in conjunction with High Command, gives his trainer a strong hand.
Bits of promise in three runs in maiden/novice company. Makes his handicap and Fibresand debut and the market will probably be the best guide to his prospects.
Enjoys this surface as he underlined when scoring over this distance in a first-time visor in December. Not disgraced when 7L second last time, and has an each-way shout again off 1lb lower.
Epitaph (7/4), Mearing (11/4), Love Rat (7/2), High Command (6/1), Harbour Quay (8/1), Argus (10/1), Shades of Silver (40/1)
- High Command
- Love Rat