16:20 Chester Sat 13 July 2019
Gained his only win here over 2f further in May when market support, first-time visor and a soft lead in testing conditions brought about an improved performance. Well held in all three outings since over the same C&D; visor back in a bid to revive.
Haydock handicap winner last year over this trip for his former yard off a 6lb lower mark before shaping well on his stable/seasonal debut at Ripon (1m, good). Upped in trip at the same venue last time (below-par); faces an awkward draw.
Returned some decent efforts this year but the fact remains he's still without a win since December 2017 despite slipping well below his last winning mark. Nicely drawn; but has flattered only to deceive on more than one occasion; place claims.
Slipped back to just below his last winning mark gained on the AW over 7f last autumn. Has shaped better than the bare result on a few occasions since then including last time over 1m at Haydock; travelled well, but met trouble, not certain to stay.
Lightly-raced sort yet to race on turf who made a successful stable debut at Newcastle over 1m late last year. Easy to back in two AW handicaps since separated by a three-month break, last time over 1m2f, dropped 3lb, this test may prove too much.
Not particularly well drawn for a front-runner; ridden far too aggressively last time over a trip (1m4f) that can test him in any case. Not quite firing for this yard despite a reduced mark; may appreciate dropping back to 1m2f; others appeal more.
Would have been out of his depth last time and this type of event will suit him better although he's yet to win for this yard. Off a mark that makes him look no more than averagely treated he does at least have a decent draw to work with.
Gained his C&D win in this race last year off a 4lb lower mark from the same stall arriving on a roll from having completed a hat-trick with a Beverley win. Scenario very similar this time coming here off another Beverley win; major chance.
Should not be judged too harshly on his recent stable debut having previously been with John Gosden, may well have needed the race. Still a maiden; faces a tough draw here but should stay this far; one for the Fibresand later on given his pedigree.
On a long losing run but his last three starts have all given hope that he will come good soon particularly his last effort at Haydock (bumped into a progressive 3yo). Suited by this trip (he was fifth in this last year); course winner (7f).
Started the year well with a brace of AW wins (application of cheekpieces helping); proved himself on turf to a certain extent since over this trip at Haydock (good/firm). Best excused a poor AW run last time (badly drawn); not without a chance.
Decent seasonal comeback albeit in the lowest grade he's ever contested over this trip off a 5lb higher mark. Failed to live up to the vague promise he showed there in three ensuing starts, headgear returns; overall record (1-21) fails to convince.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Bit Of A Quirke||5||8-10||7/2||Full Result|
|T: M WalfordJ: A Mullen|
Bit Of A Quirke (3/1), Dark Devil (9/2), Heart Of Soul (9/2), Miss Sheridan (9/2), Medalla De Oro (6/1), Swift Emperor (9/1), Dragon Mountain (9/1), Redgrave (11/1), Citta D'Oro (12/1), Garden Oasis (22/1), Maghfoor (25/1), Thaayer (25/1), Elhafei (33/1), Valentine Mist (66/1)
- Bit Of A Quirke
- Citta D'Oro
- Dark Devil
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