20:05 Doncaster Sat 18 May 2019
Left Rod Millman for 42,000gns in October 2018; beaten just over 3L when finishing third on stable debut/seasonal reappearance at Beverley (5f); this extra furlong is in his favour.
Fair to say that he's developed into a Newcastle specialist in recent years (four wins there between 6f and 7f); has made a reasonable transition back to turf, beaten 2L (third) at Thirsk (6f) a fortnight ago.
4lb higher than when making a winning debut for Phil Makin at Redcar (6f, good to firm); very closely matched with today's rivals Equiano Springs and Athollblair Boy based upon recent Thirsk form (6f).
4lb below his last winning mark, but could never land a blow when bidding to win that 6f Thirsk handicap (7/2f) for the second successive year on seasonal reappearance; tongue-tie now added.
Just failed to reel in Lady Dancealot by a head off a similar mark at Goodwood in September 2018 (6f, good to soft); should benefit for his seasonal return at Ascot (5f); expected to be finishing off well late.
Has picked up where he left off last season with some pleasing efforts; 1lb higher than when beaten 1¼L by the in-form Pennsylvania Dutch (some of today's rivals behind) at Thirsk (6f, good) 19-days ago; EW chance.
7f French winner for A De Royer-Dupre; 0-6 for Chris Wall; caught close home when beaten ¾L by Weellan at Catterick (7f, soft) on his final start of the season in 2018; dropped in trip.
Beat Athollblair Boy by ½L on his penultimate start (Newcastle 6f); just failed to exploit a more lenient turf mark at Thirsk (6f, good) latest; 3lb higher; likely to force the pace; broadly similar claims to a couple of today's rivals.
Formerly in the care of Richard Hannon; has struggled for form since joining the sprint king Paul Midgley (0-2); free-falling in the weights as a result; best watched; stablemate of Prestbury Park.
Yet to win beyond an extended 5f trip, but now sits 8lb lower than when scoring at Epsom (5f, good) 13 months ago; faded inside the final furlong when finishing in midfield (33/1) over this trip at Windsor 12-days ago.
Often placed from marks in the mid to high 70's last season - finds it difficult to get his head in front (1-20); below-par in recent times but could be pepped up by the introduction of blinkers; not a total no-hoper.
Won twice as a juvenile for Mark Johnston (6f); hasn't shaped like an obvious winner since joining Paul Midgley (also runs Mostahel), but his recent Beverley third to Secretinthepark (5f) was given a boost by the luckless Johnny Cavagin on Monday.
Notched his seventh career win when making all to see off 16 other rivals at Thirsk (6f, good to firm) five-weeks ago; that form has been franked since by the placed horses Scuzeme and Ginger Jam; 9lb rise not excessive.
A nine-time winner from 70 starts, albeit with a few quirks - can fluff the start; not in the best of form so far this season (finished last of 14 at Thirsk latest); 12lb lower than when fourth in the Ayr Bronze Cup (Sept 2018).
Kept very busy since late March (1,2,1,2,2,8), winning on both the Fibresand at Southwell (6f) and on a sound surface at Pontefract (5f); has risen in the weights as a result and likely to find others more competitive tonight.
9lb lower than when winning by a neck at Lingfield (7f) in January - has lost his way since then; seventh of 14 (50/1) to Pennsylvania Dutch on return to turf at Thirsk (6f) latest - held by Wrenthorpe.
No win since August 2017 (Chester 5f); finished last of 12 at Southwell (5f) in December and off since; unconsidered from out of the handicap proper.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D O'MearaJ: D Nolan|
Equiano Springs (4/1), Galloway Hills (6/1), Black Isle Boy (7/1), Airshow (9/1), Zeyzoun (10/1), Blazed (10/1), Wrenthorpe (10/1), Lucky Beggar (12/1), Athollblair Boy (14/1), Iconic Knight (14/1), Tathmeen (14/1), Prestbury Park (16/1), Kenny The Captain (25/1), Kodiline (33/1), Socialites Red (33/1), Mostahel (33/1), Normal Equilibrium (50/1), Bahamian Sunrise (50/1)
- Iconic Knight
- Equiano Springs
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