15:20 Newbury Fri 17 May 2019
Placed several times last year, and well fancied for his return at Haydock only to run poorly. May have needed that, but has a bit to prove. especially on quickish ground.
Doesn't seem to retain the ability which saw him win a competitive Ascot handicap in 2017, and he missed almost all of last year. Watching brief advised until he shows the old spark is still there.
Cheltenham winner 13 months ago for Fergal O'Brien, but seen only once since last summer, when running badly at York in September. First run for a new yard after another break.
Flopped on his AW return, but benefited from a break/return to turf when readily winning a 1½m handicap at Chepstow a fortnight ago. Up 5lb in the weights, but should remain competitive.
1-29 under both codes and while he's nicely enough weighted on his best efforts for Karl Burke, it's been some time since he ran on the Flat, and hard to believe he is as good as he once was.
Disappointing over hurdles in February, but shaped a bit better than the bare result on return to this sphere at Goodwood, looking as if he might benefit from the run. Needs to build on that now.
Won narrowly ober 1m3½f at Yarouth in August, and stepped up again when an unlucky second of 9 to Sassie at Kempton on final start. Going the right way, and much respected on his return to action.
Hasn't pulled up any trees as yet, but yard brings its handicappers on slowly, and he caught the eye when fifth of 9 to He's Amazing at Windsor on his return. Surprise if he can't build on that, and considered.
Looked in need of this trip when sent off favourite at Doncaster (1¼m) on his return, but beaten long before stamina came into play at Chepstow last time, and has questions to answer now.
Largely consistent in handicaps, but just in handicapper's grip and remains a maiden after 18 starts. Entitled to need this run on return from absence.
Slow learner, but he improved to win his last two in handicaps at Haydock around this trip in 2018. Still at the right end of the weights, and further progress almost guaranteed.
Improved when second over this trip at Kempton in October, and got off the mark in a 1½m handicap at Thirsk last time. Still unexposed at middle distances, and should have more to offer.
Won twice here last season, and a player if back to that form, but he's been struggling this year, and needs first-time cheekpieces to have a reviving effect.
Mixed form under both codes in recent times, but ran respectably when sixth of 13 to Rydan at Goodwood last time. Drop in trip may help now, but others more convincing.
Twice a winner over 1¾m on turf last season, but well beaten on his return to action at Windsor, and remains 2lb above his last winning mark.
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