17:20 Worcester Wed 3 July 2019
19lb below his last winning mark (June 2015); finished tailed-off last (over fences) on his final run for Richard Phillips in August 2018; joined this trainer for £6,500 the following month; off since.
Lightly-raced 5yo; back-peddled quickly after making a mistake at the second last flight on handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, good); a 3lb drop in the weights (plus his riders 10lb claim) is helpful; it's far from certain that he's clean winded.
Struck at the third time of asking in handicap company (pulled-up twice previously) when springing a 20/1 surprise at Southwell (2m4f) ten days ago; carries a 7lb penalty, but looking ahead could go on a right roll if taking this CJ's handicap.
Former Irish racer; 0-7 for this trainer in 2019 and as a result is edging slowly down the handicap; beaten just over 8L when finishing a weakening fourth of eight to The Character at Bangor (2m+) latest; this 2m4f trip is a concern.
Back with his former trainer David Pipe after winning three good-ground PTP's (2m4f-3m) earlier this year; no match for the subsequent silky smooth Cartmel winner Midnight Folie over fences at Newton Abbot (3m2f) eight days ago; of interest.
Hasn't shown much ability over hurdles (0-4); appears to be an edgy type who can boil over (led to the start in the past); it's hard to think that he's particularly well handicapped off an opening mark of 93.
Ultra-consistent on a sound racing surface during the course of 2018 (323231F), mainly at Uttoxeter and Stratford; is yet to demonstrate that she stays 2m4f; high in the weights, yet could benefit from her seasonal reappearance run.
Sits on a reasonably competitive mark judged upon her more recent form; always in the van (set a slow pace) at Stratford (2m6f) latest, battling on gamely once headed at the final flight by the eventual winner Talkingpicturestv; place claims.
Won twice in 2018, including on heavy ground at Ffos Las (2m4f); remains 5lb above his last winning mark and has plenty of work to do with My Lady Grey on May Fontwell form; wears a newly-applied visor.
All four of his career wins (well scattered) have come with plenty of juice in the ground and you'd be hard pushed to describe him as reliable; that said, he ran a creditable race when beaten 10L by the 'penalty-kick' Darling Miss at Uttoxeter.
Back to winning ways for Sam Curling under positive front-running tactics in Irish PTP's (mares') in recent weeks; 0-19 over hurdles for former trainer Stuart Coltherd; is very lowly-rated; keep a check on the market for support.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J L FlintJ: Richard Patrick|
Skinflint (9/4), Raise Your Shades (7/2), Brave Helios (4/1), My Lady Grey (13/2), Oscar Maguire (13/2), Big Picture (12/1), Cropley (12/1), Scotsbrook Night (14/1), Commander Miller (14/1), All Good Things (22/1), Stolberg (33/1), Poetic Presence (33/1), De Good Man Luke (100/1)
- Raise Your Shades
- My Lady Grey
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