20:20 Kempton Wed 3 July 2019
Some promising efforts without winning last year and all the better for a wind operation when scoring on return here in March. Back to winning ways with a strong late run at Goodwood last time, and should continue to play a part at this level.
Has plenty of ability, but needs everything to go his way, and is looking increasingly temperamental. Form figures here read 15023, though, and he should be competitive with a good claimer reducing his burden.
Won at Goodwood last year, and good third over 1¼m here on final start. Might have needed his return, although swift fitting of headgear suggests more was expected, and bit to prove on that basis.
Excitable sort who has ability, but doesn't always channel it effectively. Best effort this year when fourth of 11 to Grapevine at Windsor last time, and will get involved if able to build on that now with blinkers worn last time retained.
Back on the scoresheet at Southwell earlier in the year, and better form when short-head second of 14 to Kings Highway over this track and trip a week ago. This previous C&D winner will go very well with a repeat.
Only beaten narrowly despite being unplaced on return at Chelmsford, but went backwards at Ascot next time, and just respectable efforts at Windsor the last twice. On a very workable mark if finding his best form, but a little risky at present.
Made all to win a Deauville maiden in December, and not discredited bar one blip this year, albeit only fourth of 7 in a claimer at Longchamp last time. Seems a little too high in the weights on balance.
Won twice over 7f here last year, and plenty of solid efforts in defeat this year, including when a never-nearer third of 12 to Nawar at Lingfield last time. Better than the result there, and clearly on a workable mark, so shortlisted.
Two wins on the AW at Southwell this season but turf form leaves plenty to be desired and again well beaten at Nottingham last time. Ran poorly on last start here, too, so best watched despite the refitting of blinkers.
In the frame in qualifying runs over 7f at Goodwood and Leicester for William Haggas last year, and has changed stables after a disappointing effort in a Newmarket nursery when last seen. Dropped 2lb for that, but others preferred.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Epic Challenge||3||9-1||11/2||Full Result|
|T: R VarianJ: Andrea Atzeni|
Directory (7/2), La Maquina (7/2), Mazyoun (5/1), Characteristic (11/2), Tamerlane (7/1), Harbour Spirit (10/1), Love Your Work (10/1), Plunger (11/1), Wingreen (12/1), Letsbe Avenue (18/1), Star Of War (20/1), Sing Out Loud (33/1)
- La Maquina
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