16:45 Newmarket Thu 18 April 2019
Thrived on Polytrack last year, and landed a hat-trick when winning the Chelmsford City Cup (7f) in September. Runner-up next two starts, and excuses at Lingfield in February, but not certain to prove as effective back on turf.
In the handicapper's grip last year, but ran well enough on occasions, and won over this trip at Meydan in February. Fine second there last time, and claims if translating that form to home soil.
Lighltly raced in 2018, and best effort in three runs at Meydan this year when beating stablemate Mubtasim over 7f last time. Little to choose between the pair once more.
Showed improved form last summer, not beaten far in a Goodwood Group 3 and then third over this trip at York in handicap company. Both those runs against fillies, though, and this demands more.
Winner at Chelmsford off a 1lb lower mark back in August. Not quite so good subsequently, although not beaten far at Lingfield in November. Has a C&D win to his name in the past, so can't be dismissed.
Won Silver Bunbury Cup on July course last summer, and got up late to win at Leopardstown in September. Starts new season on a fair mark, and should pay his way once more.
Impressive winner at York last May and runner-up in a C&D handicap in September, but still expensive to follow. Forgiven a low-key start to the season at Kempton and should do better, but patience wearing a little thin.
Best effort last year (three wins) when scoring in heavy ground at Ayr in September. Fairly treated on that, but disappointing either side of that run, and must bring his A game.
Versatile sort with regards to both ground and trip, as shown when winning in soft conditions over C&D in November. Ended 2018 with a good third at Doncaster, although stepping up the class ladder here.
Belatedly got the hang of things, winning a novice at Lingfield followed by a C&D handicap, both in September. Ran even better when second at Ascot on final start., and shortlisted despite being 11lb above his winning mark for yard in fine form.
Last Year's Winner
|T: K R BurkeJ: C Lee|
Mubtasim (5/2), On The Warpath (5/2), Game Player (13/2), Gilgamesh (10/1), Zap (11/1), Betty F (12/1), Cenotaph (14/1), Presidential (16/1), War Glory (16/1), Hajjam (20/1), Rufus King (20/1)
- Game Player
- On The Warpath
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