17:05 Ayr Fri 12 April 2019
Lightly raced 7yo, stays this trip and handles good ground, so has some plus points, was still in front when falling at Cheltenham latest but that's not his first tumble, and he could do with a clear round to hold best chance.
Likeable type that stays well, is very consistent and seems to handle most ground, so has plenty going for him in that respect. Another solid effort in better company than this last time, and should be on the premises again.
Sixth start for top yard, and only second in a handicap, so improvement likely, and looks ready for a crack at this trip after a staying-on second at Kempton last time. Few too many runner-up spots for comfort, but a player all the same.
Now some 14lb lower than he was this time last year, so obviously well handicapped, but not progressing as expected and is starting to look a bit tripless as well. Plenty on against some upwardly mobile types today.
Getting the hang of things with each run, and turned in best effort to date when second at Exeter over slightly shorter last time. Well related sort with more to come, you feel, and a big player here.
Thrown in here on best form but doesn't really seem to finish his races off as well as he might, and that's been evident again last couple of starts. May be a bit fitter here though, so not totally dismissed, but others look stronger.
Fourth start for Gordon Elliott, already a winner for the yard, and although breeding far from suggests he'll get this trip, is worth a try at it based on some staying-on efforts over shorter. Not dismissed lightly.
No issue with this trip or ground, and pops up from time to time to get his head in front, but wins have come in lesser company and he might be biting off a bit more than he can chew here. Others make more appeal.
Lightly raced for his age (this will only be his 16th start), stays this far and acts well on good ground. Back from winter break to finish second at Gowran Park last month and can't be ruled out with another step forward here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N G RichardsJ: R D Day|
From Eden (3/1), My Way (4/1), Shoal Bay (9/2), Stop The World (5/1), Follow The Bear (5/1), Arthurs Secret (16/1), Markov (20/1), Ballynanty (20/1), Mill Forge (20/1)
- Arthurs Secret
- Stop The World
- Mill Forge
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