17:30 Chester Sat 15 June 2019
Both wins to date have come on AW but has form on turf and was good second in soft ground at Haydock over 1m6f in October. 5lb higher here and should be better for recent Kempton pipe opener.
Doesn't win too often but famously landed Chester Cup here back in 2014. Good second in Chester Plate last month, but this much shorter trip has to be a concern. First-time visor applied in a bid to sharpen him up.
Landed C&D apprentice handicap in heavy ground in May in first-time visor. Headgear seemed less effective when fifth here last time on good ground off 6lb higher mark and cheekpieces now applied. Bold show not ruled in the soft.
Won twice here last season, including at this trip off 4lb higher mark. Appears better on decent ground so very soft conditions would be a concern. Step back up in trip should help the cause though.
Runner-up in this race last year off 2lb higher mark and hinted he was on way back when staying on nicely at Hamilton last time. Good apprentice claims 3lb and handles conditions so looks a contender.
Hasn't won on turf for nearly five years but hasn't been disgraced last two starts, including when fifth here last time over slightly further. Drop back looks right move but surface record is a concern.
Won twice here in 2016; once over C&D. Missed more than two years after and hasn't really shone in four starts back since October. Given chance by handicapper now and wears first-time blinkers, but has a bit to prove at present.
Won at Chepstow in May off 7lb lower mark and went close there agin last time. Handles soft ground and is in form. Interesting to see how he copes with this track from inside draw.
Yet to win in 20 career starts and has only poor form on turf over hurdles and on the Flat. Very hard to see her making any impression despite first time tongue-tie.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A M BaldingJ: F Norton|
Ascot Day (7/2), Gossip Column (4/1), Heart Of Soul (9/2), Tor (11/2), Al Kout (11/2), Super Kid (7/1), Marengo (10/1), Suegioo (12/1), Mercer's Troop (14/1), Lady Natasha (66/1)
- Heart Of Soul
- Al Kout
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