20:15 Wolverhampton Tue 16 April 2019
Off the track for well over a year before returning with four low-key/below-par runs this year on the AW. Showed some fair form when with Sir Michael Stoute in 2016; hard to recommend now even with a tongue-tie added for the first-time (on the flat).
Recent strike-rate is poor ending a long losing run in September at Lingfield over this trip. Just 1lb higher now he shaped as if he needed the run last time (not without some promise); likely to show more here but not one to go overboard about.
Took advantage of a healthy drop in the weights to win at Chelmsford in October over today's trip. Form fell away a little after that in two further starts (stretched by a longer trip once); something to prove returning from a fair absence.
Dual course winner over 7f; proved himself more than capable over this trip last time finishing off strongly (never nearer). He's now slipped 5lb below his last winning mark; still of interest despite the losing run of 13 given his consistency.
Some creditable runs since his last win around here over short (has also won over C&D). Remains just above his last winning mark but does need a soundly run race to be seen at his best; this will be his 22nd consecutive run at the track.
C&D winner when confirming some previous promise he had shown on turf to be successful here in October last year. Failed to follow up that win when last seen (pulled too hard); now back from an absence with no great record fresh; others appeal more.
Three-time C&D winner (all wins early last year for Mick Appelby); now with his second new yard since those victories. Supported last time and offered something to work on (first run for this yard) coming from hopeless position (1m); more expected.
Appeared to enjoy his second Fibresand run last time finishing a creditable second having edged down the weights. Previous C&D winner in headgear who despite his modest strike-rate makes some appeal off a mark 10lb lower than his last win.
Lightly-raced sort who hasn't been seen since her juvenile days when with James Eustace. Now running for a new yard she has a massive absence and a new trip to deal with; hard to find anything sound to recommend her for the time being.
Confirmed the promise of his previous run to win in 0-50 company at Newcastle (1m4f) in January; best performance for a while (ended long losing run). Form has gradually regressed from that win; well below-par last time.
Three-time winner for Rod Millman but not seen in the winners enclosure since mid-2016 despite running with credit for the most part at a lowly level. Returns now having just had one run for this yard (October 2017); absence presents a tough ask.
Modest sort who remains a maiden having not looked entirely straightforward when with Ian Williams. Did run a respectable first race for this yard over 1m4f at Newcastle (in a better grade); some if not total appeal in this company.
Does have a pair of C&D wins to his name (October 2017) but it's been a barren spell since then. Not disgraced in a first-time visor when last seen (usual blinkers return now); hardly has the most convincing of profiles though.
Last Year's Winner
First Call (3/1), Cat Royale (13/2), Penny Green (7/1), Splash Of Verve (15/2), Herm (15/2), Tha'ir (8/1), Final Attack (17/2), Voice of A Leader (11/1), Allux Boy (14/1), Born To Reason (20/1), Sir George Somers (20/1), Grasmere (100/1), Eugenic (100/1)
- Voice of A Leader
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