16:30 Thirsk Sat 18 May 2019
Won a Listed race on the AW at Wolverhampton in March but below that in two starts at Lingfield (AW) and Ascot since. Has won at Group 3 level but his handicap mark remains quite high and proving hard to predict.
Second start of the new term saw him blowing his rivals away over this distance at Musselburgh but proved most disappointing when upped to this grade at Goodwood this month. Could bounce back but opposable off current mark.
Won the Listed Surrey Stakes at Epsom last June and kept to decent company afterwards. Appreciated drop in class when winning at Yarmouth late last month and a decent effort in the Victoria Cup recently. Should be involved in an easier race.
Proved very progressive at this time last year in completing a hat-trick. Returns from lengthy absence off 7lb higher but is open to plenty more improvement after just nine starts. The market should provide a good guide for expectations.
Useful handicapper who won on his debut last year off a mark of 100 at Newmarket over 6f for Ed Walker, however not near that level in three starts this season for new stable and ground remains faster than ideal.
Went down narrowly over 6f at Doncaster on first start since leaving David Barron but then a very disappointing favourite over the same C&D. Over two years now since his last win and while he could bounce back, this is a tough ask again.
Season and stable debut after joining from Ireland for €80,000. Proved progressive at the end of last year with a couple of narrow Dundalk (AW) defeats. Mark has gone up 4lb as a result but open to further improvement and one to note.
Hadn't run a bad race since moving to this yard until struggling in the Bronze Cup at Ayr on his final start of 2018. Generally a very consistent handicapper and returned with promise at Doncaster. Should be better for the run and be involved.
Won on his first two starts for this stable last summer, completing a hat-trick in the process. Goes well fresh and returns just 1lb higher. Suited by the conditions so could be competitive for a stable among the winners.
Won a maiden on debut in France but hasn't managed to win since. Shaped with promise at Chester on soft ground on reappearance and remains lightly-raced, however may find these conditions quicker than ideal.
Last Year's Winner
Lake Volta (11/4), Al Erayg (4/1), Breanski (13/2), Danielsflyer (7/1), Byron's Choice (7/1), Above The Rest (8/1), Three Saints Bay (9/1), Gabrial The Devil (11/1), Admirality (12/1), Aeolus (20/1)
- Lake Volta
- Gabrial The Devil
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