15:05 Southwell Tue 12 March 2019
Course winner (7f) who is now tried in first-time blinkers having worn cheekpieces last time when well backed over C&D; turned in his best effort of the season. Did look as though a return to 7f would help though; may just be found wanting.
Still looks unexposed and a straightforward sort although this will be his first outing on Fibresand. Won nicely last time despite being easy to back over 6f at Chelmsford; had the run of the race but likely to be involved if he take to the surface.
Has on occasions looked reluctant/quirky but hard to fault him of late with back-to-back wins (finding plenty for pressure); can spoil his chance by being slow away. Has shown that he can cope with Fibresand on a going day; yet to totally convince.
Useful sprint handicapper in the past who failed to win last year; generally looked regressive. That view was backed up by his first run this year as he offered very little over 6f here last month; never going well, always behind (blinkers return).
Unreliable sort who has joined a yard who are good with sprinters but he still looked to be a tough ask over C&D here last time (without usual headgear). Cheekpieces now tried for the first-time; still a hard one to trust overall.
Eight-time course winner and recorded one of his two C&D wins in this contest two years ago. His run over C&D last time signalled that he was starting to find his feet again and this slight ease in grade may well allow him to score again in this heat
Last Year's Winner
|T: Roger FellJ: Ben Sanderson|
Ballyquin (6/5), The Great Wall (3/1), Crosse Fire (5/1), Gentlemen (13/2), Global Exceed (9/1), Related (20/1)
- Crosse Fire
- The Great Wall
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