17:10 Lingfield Thu 23 May 2019
Improved going sprinting for this yard winning his first two but below that since, including once on turf. Has struggled now in all four runs away from the AW and others preferred.
Seven-time winner on the AW but without success in 13 turf starts. Races off a 14lb lower mark in this sphere and best turf form has come on quick ground. Big drop in class so has to be respected.
Both turf wins have been at Brighton and didn't run badly when fourth on comeback there. Proving frustrating for win purposes but on a competitive mark and down in grade. Eye shield now replaces the normal blinkers.
Remains 4lb higher than sole win for James Bethell and well below that level in two starts for new stable this year. Remains best watched.
Rattled off an AW hat-trick early last year and gained a breakthrough turf win when back to form at Yarmouth last month. Up 3lb but still on a good mark and clearly holds his form well. Rates a leading contender.
Novice stakes winner over 5f on debut at Windsor (good) last August and finished a decent fourth at Kempton (6f) the following month. Ran to a similar level on reappearance over 6f on the AW here and remains open to progress on handicap debut.
Sole win came over 7f on the AW when with Simon Crisford and remains 3lb higher. Down in grade following a below par run at Leicester over 6f but this could prove on the sharp side.
All three wins have come over this distance and starts life for new stable on a competitive mark after leaving Stuart Williams for 16,000 gns. Neck second to Grandfather Tom last month and likely to go close again.
Won at Wolverhampton three starts back and seems to go on any ground. Disappointing in two starts since and both handicap wins have come in a grade lower. May find things tough again.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R J PriceJ: David Egan|
Jack Taylor (3/1), Maid Of Spirit (4/1), Enthaar (5/1), Verne Castle (5/1), Grandfather Tom (9/1), Miracle Works (9/1), Wiff Waff (9/1), Harrogate (14/1), Nautical Haven (16/1), Brandy Station (33/1)
- Grandfather Tom
- Wiff Waff
- Jack Taylor
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