15:20 Beverley Tue 14 May 2019
Lightly-raced; 1-1 over 5f; 6lb higher than when beating Lexington Place by 2L on his penultimate start of 2018 - Hamilton (good to soft).
Has a pleasing overall strike-rate (10-35) and goes best with some cut underfoot; beaten a short-head and a nose off this mark at Nottingham (5f, soft) in November 2018; disappointing (keen) at Wetherby last week.
13lb lower than when finishing ¾L second to Machree at Ripon (5f, good) in September 2018; runner up over C&D on seasonal reappearance in 2017; must bounce back to form in order to be involved, but don't discount.
10lb higher than when winning on his return to turf at Pontefract (5f, good to firm) last month; head runner up to Secretinthepark over C&D since; drawn widest of all in stall 17.
5lb lower than when showing his rivals a clean pair of heels at Lingfield in December (6f); 0-7 since that performance, folding easily inside the final furlong at Brighton latest (5½f, good to firm).
Runner up off an equivalent mark at Wolverhampton (5f) when beaten 1L by A Sure Welcome; produced a similar effort back there last week; enters the reckoning from a low draw at a track where he has ran well in the past (August 2018).
Hasn't competed on turf since finishing a neck second to Muntadab at Doncaster (7f, soft) in April 2016 - now rated 16lb lower; short-head winner at Newcastle (5f) in February.
Left Dermot Weld for 18,000gns in July 2018; has had wind surgery since; well beaten on all four AW starts for Mick Easterby; handled cut in Ireland and plunging down the weights, so don't be surprised if he does fare better on this occasion.
Hasn't seen masses of racing in recent times, but there's an argument that he's reasonably well handicapped off this mark on peak turf form; blew any chance at the start on seasonal reappearance at Windsor (dwelt).
Group 3 winning juvenile for Hugo Palmer; nowhere near that level nowadays but he does appreciate cut in the ground, and his 6f Thirsk reappearance fifth of 19 to Pennsyvania Dutch is working out very well; considered.
Pontefract specialist; 1lb lower than when beating Inexes by a neck in late 2018 (6f, soft); beaten (fifth) by Johnny Cavagin on his penultimate start; this is an easier option than the Class 4 handicap that he contested latest; moderately drawn.
Very difficult to win with (1-48), but has the required ability; sneaking back up the weights for some solid efforts - beaten a head at Nottingham (5f) latest; goes particularly well at Beverley (1L runner up in this race in 2018); every chance.
Hit a rich vein of form on the AW during the winter winning three on the bounce for Michael Wigham around the turn of the year (all over 6f at Lingfield); steadily working back to form for Tracy Waggott.
Capable of making his presence felt from an official rating of 63, but equally also has the look and feel of a nearly horse (always finds a few rivals stronger); slow start when a beaten 11/4f (third) at Pontefract latest; well drawn.
Veteran; has raced just once since April 2017, when a never involved seventh of 11 (100/1) in a Class 6 7f handicap at Southwell (January 2019); unconsidered.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Desert Ace||7||9-9||7/2||Full Result|
|T: P T MidgleyJ: P Mulrennan|
Qaaraat (6/1), Afandem (6/1), Luzum (7/1), Jan Van Hoof (7/1), Foxtrot Knight (8/1), Show Palace (17/2), Johnny Cavagin (11/1), Tan (11/1), Ladweb (12/1), Deeds Not Words (12/1), Gamesome (12/1), Crystal Deauville (12/1), Rolladice (20/1), East Street Revue (25/1), Round The Island (25/1), Mr Wagyu (25/1), Adiator (66/1)
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