17:45 Ascot Fri 12 July 2019
In excellent form in recent weeks (2232) competing in strong York handicaps (Cl 3-4) most latterly; held every chance until deep inside the final furlong when beaten 2L by Irv (1m, good to firm) a fortnight ago; stablemate of Star Shield.
Progressed through the ranks in 2018 winning three on the bounce (7f-1m); turned in his best performance of this season when third of six (beaten 2¾L) in a 7f apprentices' handicap at Goodwood three weeks ago.
Well beaten over C&D on his penultimate start but made the most of an ease in the weights to score for today's rider Seamus Cronin at Newmarket (1m, July Course) three weeks ago; 6lb higher, yet feasibly weighted on peak form.
Former Godolphin inmate (sold for 18,000gns in February); beaten a head by Itsakindamagic when making a pleasing stable debut at Chelmsford (1m) in April; bitterly disappointing in both subsequent starts.
Veteran who has developed into an AW specialist in his later career; has kicked about in claimers in recent times winning over 7f at Wolverhampton latest (carries a 4lb penalty); seeks to exploit a marginally lower turf mark (than AW).
Fully capable over either 7f or 1m; potentially is nicely handicapped off a mark of 80 (9lb lower than when competing in a Class 2 contest here last September); beaten just over 3L (fifth of 19) at York latest; chance.
Beaten a neck in this race in 2018 and was a winner from a 4lb lower mark on his penultimate start (1m, Bath); blew the start at Epsom latest so can be forgiven that lesser effort; the pick of the three runners for Tony Carroll.
Like his stablemate Markazi he arrives in excellent form; beat the subsequent winners Anna Bunina and Mickey when scoring by a nose at Doncaster (1m, good to soft) in late June; close second at Yarmouth since; 4lb 'well-in'.
Won twice on the AW for Kevin Frost (Wolverhampton and Southwell); well beaten on a couple of occasions on turf since; unconsidered on debut for Shaun Keightley.
Without a win since taking a low-grade (Cl 5) Wolverhampton handicap in January 2018; has raced almost exclusively at Chelmsford (twice placed) since finishing a tailed-off last of 15 over C&D (Cl 2) in July 2018.
A veteran of 91 races (14 wins); best known for being a Brighton specialist; steps up in trip after racing over 6f recently; appears to be the weakest link of the Tony Carroll trio.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Buzz Lightyere||5||8-7||20/1||Full Result|
|T: P HideJ: Charlie Bennett|
Star Shield (3/1), Breanski (7/2), Poetic Force (6/1), Markazi (7/1), Papa Stour (8/1), Mountain Rescue (10/1), Masked Identity (11/1), Jackpot Royale (16/1), Top Mission (20/1), Mister Music (20/1), Pour La Victoire (33/1)
- Star Shield
- Mountain Rescue
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