17:10 Ascot Fri 12 July 2019
Dual C&D winner; made all and held on in a determined manner when beating today's rival Vegas Boy by ½L here in May (soft); rock-solid in defeat since and is also very closely matched with Sunsprite; sits on a joint career high mark.
Can usually be relied upon to put his best foot forward at this track (has solid historic 5f-6f form here); hasn't seen a great deal of racing in more recent times but should appreciate the ease in grade (from Class 2 handicaps).
Very low-mileage on turf, and over 6f (hasn't run on grass since his 2yo debut in June 2017); 3-6 over 7f on the AW; 10lb higher than when making all to beat Elerfaan by 3½L at Wolverhampton in April.
Won three successive races during the summer of 2018 (5f-6f); kicked-off this season in a 6f Newbury Listed contest (sixth); very closely matched with Louie De Palma on the evidence of Windsor form; cheekpieces applied.
Had a very successful juvenile season with four wins from nine starts, culminating with a short head success at Doha (7f, good) last December; more modest since and has plenty to prove against these opponents.
Without a win since May 2017 (over C&D) but there's no doubting that on his day he's a very talented sprint handicapper; 7lb lower than when fifth in this contest in 2018; very pleasing third at Haydock (6f) last weekend; of major interest.
Just held (beaten ½L) by Louie De Palma over C&D in May and he's weighted to reverse those placings here; not as competitive since but on the plus side this sounder surface won't prove problematic and he's yet to finish out of the frame at Ascot.
Won this race by a short head in 2017 and was beaten a mere ¾L when bidding to defend his crown in 2018; is struggling for form of late and has work to do with Louie De Palma/Vegas Boy; not this year.
Placed on all three juvenile starts (6f), including when beaten two short heads by the subsequent Group 3 Greenham Stakes winner Mohaather at Nottingham in October; makes his belated handicap debut (N/R here in May due to soft ground).
Better known for his winter AW exploits (5f-6f) and as a result he's able to compete from a much lower mark on turf (some 10lb or so); could find a more suitable opportunity in time; highly unlikely to play a hand in this contest.
Last Year's Winner
|T: S C WilliamsJ: Edward Greatrex|
Swindler (9/4), Normandy Barriere (9/2), Louie de Palma (5/1), Vegas Boy (6/1), Margub (8/1), Sunsprite (8/1), Polybius (14/1), Lightning Charlie (20/1), Concierge (20/1), Doc Sportello (33/1)
- Normandy Barriere
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