15:40 Thirsk Sat 13 April 2019
Frankel gelding; enjoyed a successful career in Germany prior to joining Mark Johnston; 3-3 on the AW in the UK (1m4f-1m6f), rising a combined total of 19lb in the weights; every likelihood that he can make all for a fourth successive victory.
Developed into a solid (improving) handicapper in the second half of 2018 with a pair of quick ground 1m4f successes at Chester and nearby Ripon; 3lb above his last winning mark on his first racecourse appearance since September.
A three-time 1m4f winner during the course of 2018, rising a combined total of 21lb in the weights since scoring at Pontefract (Class 5) in July; struggled to make his mark in Class 2 & 3's last back-end; stablemate of Super Kid.
Returned from a winter break in decent shape on the AW at Newcastle (1m4f), fending off Claire Underwood by ½L on his second start of the year; 4lb higher in the weights; unable to reach a challenging position at Leicester eight-days ago.
Productive in the early weeks of the turf season in 2018 (incl a Cl 4 C&D win); on a similar path this season, opening up with a 1L win at Doncaster (1m2f) a fortnight ago - form franked by the fourth Grandee (5L Newcastle winner on Thursday).
€75,000 yearling; showed promise early last season with smooth opening wins at Newcastle (1m2f) and over C&D (good to firm); failed to negotiate the step into handicap company (often keen), albeit it remains fairly early days; eased in the weights.
Not exactly the most frequent of winners, although he did manage a Class 3 handicap win at Pontefract (1m4f, good to firm) in August 2018, and ran well over C&D (soft) subsequently; has a high head carriage; work to do with Stifonic (Doncaster).
Returned from a lengthy absence around this time in 2018, standing plenty of racing since (15 starts); stays well and dropping in the weights, although probably prefers some cut underfoot; seemingly the stable second string behind Multellie.
Left Hughie Morrison for 35,000gns in October; gelded for seasonal return/stable debut; 4lb above his last winning mark (Chepstow 1m2f, good to soft); this race rates as a tricky-looking starting point, especially on a sound surface.
Last Year's Winner
|T: K DalgleishJ: G Lee|
King's Advice (6/5), Celestial Force (4/1), Starcaster (7/1), Stonific (8/1), Benadalid (10/1), Desert Ruler (14/1), Armandihan (20/1), Multellie (40/1), Super Kid (50/1), Starplex (66/1)
- King's Advice
- Desert Ruler
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