16:45 Hamilton Wed 19 June 2019
Five-race maiden; turned in a woeful performance when upped to 1m4f at Thirsk (good to firm) 16 days ago, and is quickly/sensibly dropped back in trip; his best form to date came over 1m at Thirsk in August 2018.
Versatile type who has held his form despite a weights rise since winning by just over 2L at Wolverhampton (1m+) early last month; twice second over an extended mile here in August 2018 (off a much lower handicap mark).
Well-related 4yo (half-brother to three winners); hasn't raced on turf since August 2018; beaten 5½L (fourth) by Insurplus over 1m on Tapeta at Newcastle in March; off since; watch the market for relevant clues.
Newcastle AW winner (7f) with a moderate overall strike-rate (1-22). However, he generally runs his usual solid race in these low grade handicaps, as was the case when finishing third to Majeste over C&D (soft) three weeks ago.
Slowly away (as is his tradition) when somehow finding the reserves to come from last to first at Carlisle (1m, good to soft) last week; lines up for an in-form trainer under a 6lb penalty; his chance would improve significantly with a better start.
Six-race maiden; cut out much of the early pace before weakening when finishing fourth of 12 to Betty Grable over C&D (soft) three weeks ago; faster ground could aid his cause, albeit others are more compelling.
There or thereabouts on all three handicap starts, including when beaten ¾L by Remembering You at Wetherby (1m, good); inching up the weights but should remain competitive and can't be dismissed.
Stood and delivered when beating Captain Peaky by a nose in this contest 12 months ago (soft); hardly the most prolific overall, although did have the misfortune to bump into Jackhammer at Carlisle latest; ideally needs rain.
Hasn't shown much in the way of promise in four previous starts, including on Redcar handicap debut (13th of 14); clearly isn't the solution unless the application of a first-time hood leads to a total transformation.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D ThompsonJ: Jamie Gormley|
Three Castles (10/3), Allux Boy (7/2), I Am Dandy (9/2), Hector's Here (5/1), Millie The Minx (11/2), Broctune Red (8/1), Highwayman (8/1), Poyle George Two (8/1), Don't Be Surprised (14/1), Move In Faster (25/1), Harperelle (25/1), Happy Hannah (33/1)
- Millie The Minx
- Hector's Here
- I Am Dandy
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