19:55 Kempton Wed 22 May 2019
Tough sort with a 3-7 AW record and an identical strike rate in Class 3 contests. Ran a blinder on comeback from a nine month break following a gelding operation. Probably needs to win this to get in Royal Ascot's Duke Of Edinburgh.
Ex-Ballydoyle winner who was placed in Listed company. Has done little since arriving in Newmarket, but mark has started to ease and yard are in better form lately.
Dual winner last year who found Koeman too good for him at Ascot last July and is 10lb worse off here. Has scope to improve and his reappearance was reassuring, but that is still a lot to find.
Could not have been more impressive at Chelmsford a month ago and the handicapper has reacted accordingly. The runner-up scored by 5L next time so there is every chance there is a lot more to come.
4-9 on AW and 3-4 under today's booked rider. Untested at this level and back from a break and 11lb above his last winning mark, but usually runs well when supported and a market check looks advisable.
Record of 2-20 and winless since September 2017. Third in a similar race here in November off this mark and returns to the Flat having failed to adapt to hurdling. Looks the type who needs a lot to go right for him and others may be more reliable.
Battled well to score at Newcastle and he has the scope to defy a rise in the weights. In a more competitive race here though and he will need to settle better in a race with no obvious pacemaker.
Maiden who has run some excellent races in defeat in good company, although he has been found wanting in a finish. Has been gelded since his last run and, if more mature for it, could prove up to the task.
Has registered all four successes at this venue, but handicapper has been in charge lately and he may be aiming too high here.
3-16 on AW and placed a further seven times. Has a good record when the champion is on board and usually gives a good account when allotted a mark similar to today's.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H MorrisonJ: L P Keniry|
Sleeping Lion (3/1), Lexington Empire (9/2), Big Kitten (9/2), Rock Force (5/1), Harbour Breeze (7/1), Koeman (7/1), Ilhabela Fact (14/1), Western Duke (16/1), Landue (16/1), Wimpole Hall (20/1), North Face (20/1)
- Big Kitten
- Wimpole Hall