13:50 York Wed 15 May 2019
Just one win in 35 turf starts and losing run stretches back more than two years. Has been running well in defeat throughout the winter but handicap mark remains high as a result and he needs the rain to stay away to have a chance here.
Won twice on soft ground at the start of last season and may have needed the run on return at Newbury last time. Respectable 1m6f course effort in October but probably wants softer ground than what's forecast.
Well suited to some cut in the ground and won a Listed race at Chester last season following a fair effort when fifth of 20 in the Ebor here. Showed very little on return to action at Newbury but seemingly on a workable handicap at least.
Found some form on the Flat at end of last season, winning three in a row in handicap company. Disappointed over hurdles when last seen at Aintree but interesting contender if he can pick up where he left off on the Flat; up 2lb for latest win.
Won twice last year, most notably when landing a valuable handicap at Ascot in September. Didn't manage to justify favouritism when stepped up to Group 3 company back at that venue next time but soft ground a potential excuse for that run.
Seemingly loves fast ground and got his head back in front at the Glorious Goodwood meeting last year. Wasn't in the same form subsequently and drop back to this trip doesn't look in his favour on recent evidence. Has a bit to prove from this mark.
Won four of his seven starts and no sign of a halt in his progression when bolting up at Kempton on return. Can race too keenly and best form on turf has come with cut in the ground but not dismissed having only gone up 2lb for his latest win.
Promising in maidens before winning at Sandown on handicap debut. Runner-up in a competitive Royal Ascot handicap next time and more respectable efforts in defeat towards the end of the season. Career high mark but likely capable of more progress.
Won at Pontefract last year but back below his last winning handicap mark after a host of poor performances, including a poor effort at Musselburgh last time; needs to bounce back.
Won a 1m Dundalk maiden and improved from first start for this yard to finish runner-up at Doncaster in March. Less exposed than most and remains open to improvement; could be well-handicapped.
Only narrowly denied on debut and has been impressive subsequently, winning each of his next three starts, all in comfortable fashion. Could come on for his seasonal reappearance and may do even better at this longer trip.
Gained a second career win at Chester in September and only put up 2lb for that. While he didn't show much on hurdles/yard debut last time at Newbury when 11th of 16, he's respected on return to the Flat here. Has his first start since wind surgery.
Impressive when bolting up at Haydock last year and narrowly denied at Newmarket next time out. Has returned in good form following wind surgery in the interim but this is tougher than two recent assignments; needs first-time visor to eke out more.
Improved form to win back to back at the end of last summer and returned with a promising effort at Leicester before coming on for that and winning well at Hamilton last time. In deeper waters now and has a 5lb penalty to carry but not ruled out.
Won on good to firm at Haydock in June but hasn't really improved in tougher company since. While the yard are in good form and he's not fully exposed, others appeal as likely to be better handicapped.
Won twice in France but handicapper hasn't taken any chances with his opening handicap mark and entitled to need this run on return here. Up in trip and unproven on fast ground.
Starting to get his act together now, winning at Leicester in October before an impressive performance at Wolverhampton last time, doing all his best work in the closing stages. 8lb higher here but open to progress throughout the campaign.
Got his head back in front to make it two wins from five when bolting up at Yarmouth last time and seemingly appreciated the step up to 1m2f. Could be even more to come over this extra two furlongs and an 11lb rise for his latest success is fair.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C ApplebyJ: W Buick|
Fujaira Prince (7/2), First Eleven (5/1), Corgi (8/1), Proschema (8/1), Crystal King (17/2), Stealth Fighter (10/1), Collide (12/1), Caliburn (12/1), Rare Groove (12/1), Red Galileo (20/1), Everything For You (25/1), Indianapolis (33/1), Byron Flyer (33/1), Sir Chauvelin (33/1), Blakeney Point (40/1), My Reward (50/1), Perfect City (66/1), Twin Star (66/1)
- Fujaira Prince
- Stealth Fighter
- Crystal King
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