19:50 Bath Sat 17 August 2019
Held his form well since winning over C&D last month and respected despite the 5lb higher mark (dropped 1lb after fading at Sandown last time). Dangerous to underestimate at his favourite course despite conceding weight all round.
Won over 5f here in June and been kept busy since; consistent as far as being placed is concerned but his style of running is always risky for win only unless there is a truly strong pace. The draw could have been kinder.
Irish raider who has already paid his way with a win on these shores when victorious at Ayr (6f, good to firm) last month; also went close at Ffos Las last time out too. Likes to come from off the pace and still on a competitive mark. Player.
Struggled in three runs since the start of last month but might have needed the outings to bring her up to speed. Not particularly well handicapped on the pick of her from though. (All previous wins over 6f.)
Finished ahead of Big Lachie when they met at Newmarket in May but posted mixed form since; better effort last time when second at Carlisle and well handicapped if he can use that as a platform. Not the most consistent though.
Won over 7f at Lingfield in April but starts since have been below that level. The mare has a stiff test from 4lb above that winning mark and also needs to cope with the drop back in trip.
Goes well fresh and is back on the same mark as for his win at Brighton last May; form tailed off quickly after that run so now might be the best time to catch him. Has a C&D win to his name but all bar one of his wins came in a lower grade.
Easy winner at Leicester six days ago and highly respected under the 5lb penalty; not much between him and Big Lachie on course form when they met here in June and again likely to be thereabouts. Does need to be near his best.
Solid run when second at Chepstow last time out (the winner franked the form at the same course on Thursday night) and scores highly for consistency since joining her current yard. Well handicapped and shouldn't be taken lightly.
Last Year's Winner
Delagate This Lord (7/2), Nigg Bay (4/1), Big Lachie (5/1), Secret Potion (5/1), Princely (7/1), Madrinho (8/1), Sweet Pursuit (10/1), Met By Moonlight (14/1), Titus Secret (16/1)
- Delagate This Lord
- Big Lachie
- Secret Potion
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