Friday 2 August 2019
Unibet Golden Mile Handicap
Class 2 | 1m | Good to Firm | 20 Runners | Turf
Off time: 15:03 | Winning time: 1m 35.28s
Won a mightily competitive renewal of the Royal Hunt Cup prior to finishing fifth at York last time under a penalty. Perhaps vulnerable to better handicapped sorts here but drop back in trip will help and he's not one to rule out.
Hasn't won since May 2016 and merely ticking over so far this campaign. Looks in need of more relief from the handicapper at present.
Returned from a lengthy absence to make it five wins from nine starts at Sandown last time out. Only has a 3lb penalty to cope with here (due to go up a further 3lb) and expected to be hard to beat if he comes on for the run.
Well beaten in four starts at Meydan this winter but signs he may be capable from this sort of mark when fourth of 13 at Sandown last time. Hard to envisage him reversing form with Mojito from that race though.
Two-time Listed winner last year and put up a big career best when only narrowly denied by re-opposing Afaak in the Royal Hunt Cup. Failed to build on that when a beaten favourite at Pontefract last time; worth forgiving that run.
Made it four wins from seven starts on the July course at Newmarket last time out. 3lb penalty for that but he's well-in and should have more to give.
Front-runner. Listed winner last year but below his best so far this campaign since a wind operation in the off-season. Feasibly handicapped but others look more likely.
Won this race last year when given a brilliant ride by this jockey. Hasn't managed to win since though and may just need a bit more relief from the handicapper before he gets his head back in front.
Belatedly got his head back in front at York last time out having gone close at Sandown behind Mojito. Looks vulnerable for win purposes under a penalty on a line through that form; expect him to be doing his best work in the finish.
Won six times last year including a course success (7f) and landed the Bunbury Cup last month in receipt of a fine front-running ride from Dettori. Couldn't replicate that at Ascot last time though and has a 3lb penalty to carry again.
Got his head back in front at York earlier in the season and another creditable effort back at that venue last time when third of 21. Left on the same handicap mark for this and the return of cheekpieces is another positive.
Won a competitive renewal of the Hunt Cup at Wetherby at the start of last season and won at Wolverhampton towards the end of the campaign. Very disappointing in two starts for this yard but back on his last winning mark at least.
Just one win from 24 turf starts and that came on soft ground at Lingfield. Much more effective on AW and disappointing last time at Newbury.
Two-time course winner. Arrives here bidding for a four-timer having bolted up in a competitive race at Epsom last time out. However, got first run on his rivals that day and the handicapper hasn't taken any chances, putting him up 10lb.
Inconsistent sort who tends to save his best for Sandown. Put in his place from his revised mark by Mojito last time and likely to struggle again.
Just a maiden win to his name at Chantilly last year. Running well in defeat in three turf starts this campaign but this is tougher and he will need to find improvement for the fitting of a first-time visor.
Made it three wins from five starts this campaign at Haydock last time out. Shapes like a step up in trip could yield some improvement and respected here under a 3lb penalty.
Impressive course winner over 7f in the Vintage Stakes last year but has failed to progress from that run. Respectable fourth of 14 at Newmarket last time but the form was let down to some extent by the front two here on Thursday.
Progressive sort who won well at Lingfield earlier in the campaign and going well in defeat in two starts since. May yet have more to give from this sort of mark.
Made it four wins from seven starts earlier in the campaign at Sandown but has struggled badly since. Hold up performer who needs everything to fall right; first-time blinkers on.
Mojito (10/3), Indeed (7/1), Game Player (15/2), Dark Vision (8/1), Beat Le Bon (17/2), Escobar (10/1), Seniority (10/1), What's The Story (12/1), Baltic Baron (16/1), Afaak (16/1), Vale Of Kent (25/1), Gossiping (25/1), Key Victory (33/1), History Writer (33/1), So Beloved (33/1), Zhui Feng (33/1), Clon Coulis (33/1), Original Choice (40/1), Lush Life (50/1), War Glory (66/1)