14:35 Wolverhampton Fri 2 August 2019
Without doubt the one to beat. Still remains unexposed, despite being raised 7lb for narrow victory at Lingfield (1m4f; standard). Step up in trip should bring about more improvement and he is the standout contender in the race.
Better off at the weights with The Blues Master after finishing just behind that rival at Newcastle (1m4f; standard to slow). Entitled to reverse the form but perhaps not open to as much improvement as that horse.
Returns to the flat for the first time in 506 days. In and out of form over hurdles during the winter. In decent heart when last seen in this code, competes off a fair mark and will be fit so is the dark horse in the race.
Maintained good run of form to score by six-lengths here over 2m last month. Another 7lb higher for that success but has coped with rise in the weights before, so could be successful in the follow-up bid.
Hasn't looked an obvious sort over this trip in two previous tries over C&D. Hasn't been able to live with recent 6lb rise for latest success at Yarmouth (1m2f; good). Others have a much more solid look to them.
Pushed a tough Mark Johnston inmate all the way on return from long layoff when a good second in a higher grade at Newcastle (1m4f; standard to slow). Been given time to get over that and should hold leading claims if progressing.
Win over 1m4f at this track back in April was overshadowed when she was pulled up next-time-out. However, she wasn't disgraced in a warm affair at Chester (1m4f; good to firm). Step up in trip could unlock some more improvement.
Stamina to prove after finishing last in a five-runner affair on first go beyond 1m4f at Newbury (1m5f; good to firm) recently. 2lb below last winning mark, but a watching brief is advised on second attempt at the trip.
Returns to the track after a short break. Never involved at Chepstow (1m2f; good to firm) on his most recent outing, and wasn't in sparkling form prior to that disappointment so can only be watched.
Followed up promising runner-up effort at this track when going one place better last month over 1m4f. Steps up in trip and is evidently in good heart so should remain competitive in what is a hot race.
Has failed to complete or failed to beat a single rival on each of his last three starts. Has shown nothing in any of his nine career starts and subsequently competes off a basement mark. Impossible to fancy.
Last Year's Winner
Distant Chimes (8/15), The Blues Master (8/1), Houlton (9/1), Bird For Life (14/1), Fern Owl (14/1), Raven's Raft (20/1), Enmeshing (25/1), Rail Dancer (33/1), Taurean Dancer (50/1), Willyegolassiego (100/1), More Harry (250/1)
- Distant Chimes
- The Blues Master
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