16:45 Haydock Sat 10 August 2019
6f course winner (good to firm) last season. Not disgraced in Listed company next time (7f), before winning again under a penalty at York (6f, soft) when last seen. Drops 2lb for this handicap debut. Unexposed and has claims on his reappearance.
6f winner here in maiden company (good to soft) last September. Beaten favourite on heavy over C&D in June, before dead-heating on good to soft at Sandown last time (front clear). 4lb rise looks fair. Big player if conditions get slower.
Mudlark who sprang a 20-1 surprise and beat favourite Wise Counsel in the process over C&D (heavy) in June. 4lb higher here, and his two runs since have both been less encouraging. Bit to prove, but a player if there is a deluge.
Has scored over both 6f and 7f on good to soft. Went close at Epsom (good) on his penultimate start, when 2lb lower. Was unlikely to win back there last time before having traffic issues, but not fully exposed or ruled out here.
Triple winner on good or fast ground, from 5f-6½f, last year. Badly out of sorts in both runs this term, however. Well treated now, but has to prove he can take advantage.
Won a Doncaster maiden (good to soft) over this trip last October. Has run some good races in defeat this season, over 7f-1m. Acts on fast ground, and is on a very competitive mark, but needs to be much better than his last two efforts.
Won on good to soft (5f) at Goodwood in novice company last year, when with Amy Murphy, and added to that for this trainer at Newcastle (6f, AW) in June, when 9lb lower. Went very close at York (7f, soft) last time. Up 4lb, but a player.
Soft ground Carlisle winner (6f) on debut last September. Yet to eclipse that effort in three handicaps this season. May be able to step back in right direction on second start after wind surgery, but has that to prove.
Last Year's Winner
Wise Counsel (3/1), Jonah Jones (4/1), Kapono (5/1), Finoah (11/2), Reeves (6/1), Sir Busker (7/1), Gabrial The Wire (8/1), Praxidice (12/1), The Great Heir (20/1)
- Wise Counsel
- Jonah Jones
- Sir Busker
Log in for access to this exclusive content.
Nick Robson makes Gabrials Boy his best Monday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.
Aquadabra looks worth the wait in the closing Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap at Lingfield on Monday according to David Ord.
A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in August 2019.