15:05 Thirsk Sat 13 April 2019
Winner from his current mark at Newcastle (5f) in August (2/1f) but yet to prove that he's effective at 6f (0-1); finished a heavily eased last of 11 on Tapeta latest.
Three-time winner on a sound surface (6f-7f) in 2018; below-par in a couple of AW spins in 2019, and nudging down the handicap as a result.
Enjoys the Yorkshire air, seemingly sharpest on the Westwood at Beverley (5f); handles most ground conditions, arguably best on good to firm; 2lb higher than when beating Van Gerwen by a head at Pontefract in October.
A nine-time winner from 68 starts, albeit with a few quirks - can fluff the start; decisive winner off a similar mark here in late 2017 (soft), and finished fourth of 23 in the 2018 Ayr Bronze Cup (heavy).
Six-race maiden (6f-7f); beaten approximately 6L when finishing fourth to Bedouin's Story in a 7f Class 4 handicap at Newbury (good to soft) in October; well drawn on seasonal return; definite contender.
Snapped a barren spell when gamely fending off Mutabaahy by a neck at Newcastle (6f) in September; fractionally more moderate thereafter; returns to turf on ground which will suit, and from a feasible mark.
Front-runner; without a win since his juvenile days for Mark Johnston (August 2017); slowly edged down the weights during 2018 (often campaigned at 7f); market helpful post wind surgery on first start for Paul Midgley (bought for 6,000gns).
Both of her previous wins have come on soft ground (6f) and that won't be figuring anywhere in today's going description; in reasonable form on the AW (Fibresand); cheekpieces added, with a poor draw to overcome.
Four juvenile wins for Hugo Palmer in 2016, including in a 5f Chantilly Group 3 (good); yet to capitalise on an ever reducing handicap mark for Tim Easterby with no real reason to expect that to change on seasonal return.
10lb lower than when finishing a close third in a similar C&D contest (good to soft) in April 2018 and can go well fresh, albeit hasn't won since his early days with William Haggas; prefers cut; eye-shields now applied.
C&D maiden winner in April 2018 (good to soft); didn't see masses of action thereafter, twice failing to beat a single rival in handicap company at this track (7f); plenty to prove, especially on quick ground.
Dual 6f juvenile scorer for Jo Hughes (2017); poor throughout the entirety of her three-year-old campaign, falling over a stone in the weights; runner-up at odds of 50/1 at Kempton in January (6f); very early days with Marjorie Fife.
Most effective on turf and goes particularly well at this track; a three-time winner here, including from a similar mark in August 2018 (6f); a poor show on the AW at Southwell ten-days ago is an obvious concern; strong jockey booked.
His sole 'win' (a dead-heat) in 16 career starts came at Hamilton (6f, good to firm) in June 2018, and although he knocked at the door thereafter wasn't able to break through; back to his 'winning' mark of 68.
Three-time winner in 2018, coming to the fore early in the season with 6f successes at Ripon (soft) and over this C&D (good to soft); also effective on a sound surface (good to firm); sits 3lb above his last winning mark.
A maiden on the AW (0-10), but has run some fairly respectable races at Newcastle over the winter - mainly over 7f; 6lb below his last winning mark (6f Redcar, good to firm); would've possibly been worth chancing with a high draw.
Six-race maiden; off the track since September 2017 (564-days) when finishing 7L third to Weeton in a 5f novice auction at Beverley (soft); watching brief for a trainer who saddles three other runners.
Ended last season early on an upward curve when making all to beat Bibbidibobbidiboo by ½L at Hamilton (6f, good to firm) in July; 3lb higher; conditions ideal and Rachel Richardson prefers him to regular ride Kenny The Captain; draw?
Hasn't won on turf since May 2017 (6f Redcar, good). However, has added a couple of 6f Southwell wins to his CV since late 2018, and is potentially well handicapped on turf off a perch of 66; jockey 1-2 (50%) in 2019.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Mr Orange||5||9-1||18/1||Full Result|
|T: P T MidgleyJ: D C Costello|
Black Salt (5/1), Molls Memory (6/1), Prestbury Park (8/1), Dirchill (9/1), Cameo Star (10/1), Pennsylvania Dutch (12/1), Kenny The Captain (12/1), Gullane One (12/1), Rolladice (12/1), Logi (14/1), Musharrif (16/1), I Know How (16/1), Mr Strutter (16/1), Afandem (25/1), Secretinthepark (25/1), Granny Roz (25/1), Rumshak (25/1), Rickyroadboy (28/1), Peggy's Angel (28/1), Mr Greenlight (33/1)
- Prestbury Park
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