16:45 Newmarket Fri 17 May 2019
Won three last season, second victory coming off mark of 89 at Redcar. Shaped with promise on first two runs this season but well held next at Thirsk. Starting to look at the handicapper's mercy.
5lb rise for win in a 20-runner Ascot handicap first time out far from harsh and while this handicap mark raises some doubts now that suggested he may be better than ever.
Son of Dubawi who fetched 550,000gns as a yearling. Won his last two starts in novice company before narrowly touched off in a Wolverhampton handicap last November. Lesser efforts since in Dubai on dirt but respected here back on turf.
Lightly raced first-time handicapper won over 7½f at Chester in second start before finishing second at Haydock under a 6lb penalty over 1m. May want further this season but a smart prospect and not ruled out here by any means.
Went 12 races without success last season and continued that run in two starts in 2019. That said he ran well when 4¼L behind Enigmatic when third of 20 at Ascot latest. 5lb better off with that rival so gap should close.
Lots to like about progressive three-year-old campaign where he won three and was placed in four before flopping here on soft (all other form on good/good to firm). Back on a fast surface now he has to be respected first time out.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Roll On Rory||5||9-0||8/1||Full Result|
|T: J WardJ: L Morris|
Enigmatic (11/4), Medieval (3/1), Dawaaleeb (4/1), Caradoc (5/1), Laieth (11/2), Madeleine Bond (12/1), Arigato (14/1)
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