16:45 Southwell Mon 24 June 2019
- Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
- 2m 4f 62y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Had been threatening to end a long losing run and did so last time taking advantage of a much-reduced mark which left him well treated on his old form. Best form has come at the trip (still looks well weighted); would have to have leading claims.
Back with a former yard he showed improved form to score at Warwick (attracted support) seeing his race out strongly (2m3f). Failed to fully convince with his follow up effort when unpenalised at Newton Abbot; now has a 10lb higher mark to cope with.
Another small step back in the right direction last time (first-time cheekpieces) at Huntingdon (2m4f) since when he's had a wind op. Looks on a fair mark but there is a question mark over this trip, may be better at around 2m.
Recent form reads well although one of his "wins" did come in a Sedgefield walkover his Bangor win and second at the same course last time showing him in good heart. Never won off a mark this high but looks as though he can compete off it.
Dual Irish point winner whose form so far over hurdles has been modest but with the promise of more to come. Connections now switch her quickly to handicaps having caught the eye under a conservative ride last time; note a market move.
First run for this yard having been off the track a fair while having shown some fair form when trained in Ireland. Usually seen at shorter trips and this run might prove to be needed; trainer can ready one off a break though; worth a second glance.
Relatively disappointing after opening her hurdles account at Wincanton (2m, firm) in a race that took little winning and a handicap second at Catterick in December. Looked laboured in first-time cheekpieces last time; others persuade more.
Continues his voyage down the weight scale having failed to win since late 2017 and has yet to win a handicap. Off the bridle before most of his rivals last time at Bangor; very hard to construct a cogent case for him to be successful.
Cashed in on a much lower mark in this sphere when successful for Henry Oliver last September before making little impact when sent pointing (only completed once from five efforts). Produced a laboured effort over fences last time; never on terms.
Failed to complete on five occasions prior to wind surgery and there's been very little improvement in his form since he underwent that procedure. Still looks out of sorts and not one to be unduly worried about for now.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M KeighleyJ: Harry Stock|
Phoebus Lescribaa (3/1), Wazowski (4/1), Dovils Date (9/2), Land League (9/2), The Crafty Touch (9/2), Ballycrystal Court (13/2), Oxford Blu (11/1), Grand Enterprise (14/1), Foxtrot Juliet (16/1), Beautiful Ben (20/1), Murray Mount (33/1)
- The Crafty Touch
- Dovils Date
- Phoebus Lescribaa