15:45 Sandown Fri 14 June 2019
Frankel gelding; 2-4 during a very light racing career to date; 1lb higher than when finishing a close third to Coolongolook on handicap debut at Doncaster (1m2f, good to soft) last October; can hopefully kick on positively in 2019.
1lb higher than when winning at Windsor (1m2f, good to firm) 12 months ago; has various bits and pieces of placed form on soft ground, albeit finished a disappointing last of nine on seasonal reappearance at Newmarket.
Hasn't raced on turf since finishing second here (1m, good) in September 2017; has progressed in the interim, most notably during the early months of 2019 winning three times on the AW (Wolverhampton x2 and Chelmsford); rising in the handicap.
5lb higher than when beating today's rival Allegiant (on debut for this trainer) at Windsor (1m2f, good) in April; pulled up and dismounted with something amiss on his next start at the Thames venue; is turned out swiftly just 18 days later.
Effective on both turf and the AW but hasn't tasted victory since scoring at Chelmsford (1m2f) in May 2017; fairly handily weighted as a result; his last six competitive starts have come over 1m3f and beyond; others preferred.
Has the winning knack as his career statistics testify (9-61); easing in the weights after competing almost exclusively at Chelmsford (1m2f) over the past 12 months or so; course winner (1m) on soft in July 2016.
Was with Sir Michael Stoute when winning by a neck on handicap debut over C&D (good) in June 2017; broadly consistent since, joining this yard for 32,000gns in October 2018; fair fifth of 18 on Newbury stable debut; place chance.
2lb lower than when winning on soft ground at Newmarket (1m2f) last November; far from disgraced when switched back on turf at Newbury (8th of 18) in April; bounced back from a slight blip with a placed effort at Windsor (1m3f+) latest.
On the premises off an identical mark on his last couple of starts (1m2f at Windsor and Epsom) and theoretically is eased in grade a fraction (drops back into a Class 3); probably wouldn't want the ground conditions being too soft.
Won three races for Gary Moore (6f-1m1f) earlier in his career before moving onto pastures new; just failed to take second when beaten 2L by Villette on debut for Chris Gordon at Kempton (1m2f) in November; off since; stamina doubts on soft.
Looked the real deal when winning for Marco Botti at Newcastle in September 2016; has taken his time since joining this trainer for 50,000gns; 4L runner up to the now 100-rated West End Charmer at Doncaster (1m2f, gd/fm) 12 days ago.
Beaten once in three starts on turf; 6lb higher than when winning a Class 5 amateurs' handicap at Doncaster (1m2f, good to soft) last October; has had wind surgery since scoring on the Polytrack at Lingfield (1m4f) in February.
7lb higher than when winning at Epsom (1m+, good) last September but remains low mileage and twice placed over this trip this season, including when a 2L runner up to today's rival He's Amazing at Windsor (good) in April.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A M BaldingJ: Jim Crowley|
Herculean (5/4), Mandarin (11/2), C Note (11/2), Mr Scaramanga (12/1), Badenscoth (14/1), Frontispiece (14/1), Allegiant (14/1), He's Amazing (20/1), Tralee Hills (20/1), Noble Gift (25/1), Sing Out Loud (25/1), Rotherwick (33/1), Secret Art (33/1)
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