15:00 Ripon Mon 5 August 2019
Hasn't won in over two years but had shown promise in two starts this season before 12L fourth at Newcastle (1m4f, standard) last time. Now 7lb below his last winning mark and has a bit to prove at this trip, but has place claims.
Failed to fire in his last two starts since returning from a lengthy absence, including when 71L last in 1m4f Newcastle handicap. Was a winner over this trip in 2017 but others make more appeal.
Successful over this trip when last seen on the flat in September but hasn't been seen since a spell over hurdles in January. 4lb for last flat victory seems fair and looks set to make a bold bid.
Winner at York on penultimate start but disappointed at that venue when tried over 2m last time. This could be tough off a revised career-high mark but can't be fully dismissed back in trip.
Couldn't improve from two promising efforts recently when 13L fifth in 1m6f Salisbury handicap on latest start. Remains on a workable mark in an easier contest and return to likely slower ground is a plus. Should go close.
Uninspiring form so far this season in five starts and most recent 13L fourth at Catterick (2m) leaves a lot to be desired. But is now 13lb lower than his last C&D victory in 2018 which means he is better handicapped now.
Last Year's Winner
War Brigade (11/10), Final (7/2), Auxiliary (4/1), Stormin Tom (13/2), Chebsey Beau (12/1), Orsino (40/1)
- War Brigade
- Stormin Tom
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