19:30 Carlisle Tue 11 June 2019
AW winner over 1m on his third career starts (didn't run as a two-year-old) before running well in three tough handicaps. This represents a drop in grade on the most testing ground that he's faced; looks the sort to run a sound race.
Confirmed the improvement seen on his stable/GB debut when overcoming a pace bias to win on good style at Doncaster (1m, good/firm) last time. Displayed a good turn of foot on that occasion; raised 4lb he has placed form on soft ground.
Odds-on when winning a minor event on the AW in January over 1m2f (made the most of a good opportunity). Has proven himself on turf since despite looking a ride on a couple of occasions; yet to run on ground this soft, handicapper may be in control.
Failed to sparkle so far this year until showing some promise last time out when failing to get the run of the race at Nottingham (1m, good). Off the same mark here he can't be ruled out although there will be easier options than this available.
Failed to meet expectations last time when attempting to follow up his Leicester (7f, good) win although he may well have been inconvenienced by his track position. Certainly worth another chance on that basis with further progress not ruled out.
Failed to repeat her debut effort this year when running well below-par at Thirsk (given a wind op on the back of the run). Now returns taking in a handicap for the first time; yet to face ground as testing as this, mark looks workable.
Well held last time having had seven months off struggling from some way out and finishing a well held last. Only win as a juvenile came in a much lower grade than she faces here and won't find this an easy task from 3lb out of the weights.
Last Year's Winner
Archaeology (15/8), Ramesses (7/2), Reggae Runner (4/1), Harvey Dent (5/1), Amadeus Grey (9/1), Beautiful Gesture (11/1), Sesame (50/1)
- Reggae Runner
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