18:50 Ffos Las
Monday 29 July 2019
Universal Hardware Supplies Handicap
Class 5 | 6f | Good to Firm | 6 Runners | Turf
Off time: 18:54 | Winning time: 1m 7.46s
Soft-ground winner over 6f at Salisbury last month and not disgraced at Bath or Epsom since in better races. First-time visor on here and may go well with Oisin Murphy back in the plate.
No win since 2017 and has been given a chance by the handicapper recently, with definite signs at Goodwood (6f, good to soft) and Bath (5½f, good) in two of previous three starts that he can take advantage soon.
Running consistently this term and rewarded when stepped back up to 6f at Ayr recently with a narrow win, getting up late on. Yard in fine form (3-5 lately) and should be in the firing line despite 3lb rise.
Experienced gelding, unable to get off the mark in six starts for new handler, though recent 1L fourth of eight at Salisbury (6f, firm; 9-2) suggested it won't be too long.
Has been busy this summer and landed a 6f Chepstow handicap on good to firm 11 days ago. Raised 5lb for his troubles, which demands a bit more but potentially finds a good race despite being up in grade.
Twice a winner in May last year over 6f at Windsor and Goodwood but out of luck since and record now reads 7-51. Has dropped to a tempting mark and step in the right direction with Lingfield third last time. In-form claimer makes plenty difference.
Nigg Bay (2/1), Handytalk (5/2), Smokey Lane (4/1), Secondo (9/2), Kinglami (11/2), Englishman (8/1), Blaine (9/1)