15:50 Salisbury Wed 26 June 2019
Was in good form last season over and around this trip without troubling the judges. Slowly falling in the handicap and good effort at Newbury on seasonal reappearance before below par at Epsom last time out. Good chance on best of form.
Stepped up on poor reappearance run at Epsom (muddling race) to be not beaten far in valuable mile contest at Chelmsford earlier this month. Course winner as a three-year-old. Holds every chance if fit and ready this time (has had injury problems).
If his Epsom run in muddling race can be forgiven then this gelding holds every chance based on his efforts in handicaps this season. Could now be down to a winning mark. Excellent chance of going one better than last year (beaten by a nose).
Won this race last year by the tiniest of margins and trainer has good record in the race. Showed his well-being on his seasonal reappearance before below par last time out over 1m1f. Should be spot on today.
Has run reasonably over course and distance but is a much better horse on the AW. Does like to get his nose in front but may struggle against some less exposed types.
Remarkably consistent over a variety of trips. Does most of his winning on the AW these days but showed he still retains ability on turf last out at Windsor over an extended mile. Not out of the reckoning by any means.
Has been up against it of late in Group company last time out at York and previously in Dubai. York form would not be good enough to win but respected from powerful stable and perhaps this step back in trip will help.
Game, old-timer who rarely runs below par and wins his fair share of races. Probably needs every inch of a mile these days but will certainly be capable of taking advantage if any of the less exposed horses fail to run their race.
Has not really been firing this term. Had some excellent form last season (mainly at Ascot). Maybe a recent change in stable will revitalise him and a check in the market may indicate how well he is thriving now with Richard Hannon.
Last Year's Winner
|6||Power of Darkness||3||8-6||3/1||Full Result|
|T: M P TregoningJ: Hayley Turner|
Power of Darkness (5/2), Nicklaus (4/1), Wahash (6/1), George Of Hearts (15/2), Hors De Combat (8/1), Pactolus (9/1), Swift Rose (10/1), King's Slipper (11/1), Leader Writer (12/1), Family Fortunes (22/1)
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