16:25 Newcastle Mon 29 April 2019
150,000gns yearling; back from a lengthy absence with a reasonable showing at Nottingham (broke a blood vessel) three-weeks ago; remains a horse of obvious potential - head second to Stradivarius here in November 2016.
Left William Knight for 21,000gns in July 2018 and his current handler has adopted a very patient approach; slowly inching down the weights; blew the start at Wolverhampton latterly.
Twice a winner at Ripon (1m-1m1f) in the summer of 2018; always prominent throughout, as is the norm going down all guns blazing to Executive Force at Wolverhampton (1m+) latest; non-runner at Haydock on Saturday (soft ground).
Continued on an upward curve throughout the course of 2018, recording a third AW win (Polytrack/Fibresand) when gamely battling back to repel Mainsail Atlantic by a neck at Lingfield (1m2f) in November; off since; 2lb higher.
January C&D winner who carries the silks of the locally-based Titanium Racing Club; 2lb above his last winning mark; out of his depth in the Class 2 Spring Cup at Newbury (1m, good to soft) recently.
The model of consistency over C&D (1,2,2,1,2,2); rising steadily in the weights, including another 2lb for his short-head second to Rey Loopy last month; contests a slightly stronger race today; tough customer; don't discount easily.
Has often ran well, albeit is without a win since June 2017 (1m, Ayr); has precious little in the way of experience of racing on an artificial surface (0-2); not considered on return from a six-month absence.
Capable handicapper (7f-1m) with a relatively strong record north of the border (thrives at Ayr); finished last of 15 when last seen in competitive action at Catterick (7f) 12-months ago; 0-2 on the AW; others much preferred.
Last Year's Winner
Bowerman (11/8), Tough Remedy (7/2), Trevithick (9/2), Bobby K (7/1), Gurkha Friend (10/1), Ballard Down (14/1), Nicholas T (22/1), Moonlightnavigator (100/1)
- Bobby K
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