20:40 Sandown Thu 23 May 2019
Still searching for his first win since his Italian days with Stefano Botti; left the care of Marco Botti for 28,000gns in February, just a matter of weeks after finishing 1L second to Tough Remedy on Tapeta at Newcastle (1m).
Took advantage of a small drop in the weights to get back to winning ways (his first success on turf) under Ryan Moore at Lingfield (7½f soft) 12-days ago; no issues with this quicker ground; 3lb rise a different matter.
6lb higher than when winning over C&D (good) last August - comfortably had the measure of the progressive Ledham; has faced some stiff tasks since; made some progress from the rear on seasonal reappearance in Newbury's Spring Cup (7th of 26).
A winner on three of her first four starts (7f-1m), including off a 7lb lower mark on turf at Ascot (good) last October; beaten 2L (third) by today's rival Greenside on seasonal reappearance at Windsor (1m, good).
C&D winner (novice) last September; has knocked fairly consistently at the door over 1m since introduced to handicapping; beaten 3½L by the Roger Charlton-trained Blue Mist on his final start of the 2018 campaign (Ascot).
Won three races on rattling fast ground during the course of 2017 (Bath x2 and Goodwood); evidently in need of the run when returning from a lengthy absence at Windsor 17-days ago (finished 7th of 8 to Greenside).
Bought unraced by this trainer for £12,000 in December 2018 (once a 210,000gns yearling); 2-3 in novice company on the AW, including when landing the odds at Southwell (1m) three weeks ago; facing a stiff task on handicap debut.
6lb higher than when beating Whitehall by a neck over C&D (Cl 5) last August; versatile in terms of underfoot conditions, but this race rates as a tough starting point for the season; others appear to be better handicapped.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C FellowesJ: R Kingscote|
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