19:20 Haydock Fri 9 August 2019
Exceed And Excel gelding; hasn't progressed with racing, hence a recent gelding operation and the application of cheekpieces; weakened inside the final furlong when a comfortably held fourth to Oti Ma Boati at Newcastle (6f) in June.
€40,000 yearling; has shown clear improvement from race to race and was off the mark when upped in trip (to 7f) in a Wolverhampton novice 39 days ago; that form mightn't necessarily be the strongest but this colt is tough to knock.
Beaten by a stablemate of Welcome Surprise on his sole start over 7f; dropped back in trip and forced to dig deep when winning a Newbury nursery (6f, good to firm) by a head subsequently; holds every chance off 4lb higher.
£55,000 yearling; showed improved form when third to the recent Sandown Listed scorer Walk In Marrakesh at Ayr (7f+, good); needs to deliver even more in order to break his duck on nursery debut.
Left Jamie Osborne after finishing second in a Leicester seller (6f, good to firm) in July; makes his debut for the Northallerton-based trainer Grant Tuer.
Runner-up to an Archie Watson-trained winner on debut at Beverley (5f, good to soft) in May but has taken a couple of backward steps since; bred for this trip (half-brother to the 7f AW winner Remembrance Day); risky at present.
22,000gns yearling; has fired blanks to date, including when a beaten 100-30f (ninth of 13) on nursery debut at Pontefract (6f, good to firm) one month ago; still early days but needs to improve.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Iconic Choice||2||9-4||5/1||Full Result|
|T: Tom DascombeJ: F Norton|
Fantom Force (2/1), Rich Belief (13/5), Welcome Surprise (11/2), Road Rage (13/2), Out Of Breath (7/1), The Ginger Bullet (14/1), Kilig (20/1)
- Rich Belief
- Fantom Force
- Welcome Surprise
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