14:20 Hamilton Tue 20 August 2019
- BB Foodservice 'William The Lion' Handicap (Class 4)
- 6f 6y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Completely unexposed having won on belated three-year-old bow at Redcar on soft ground last year, then again this term on quick ground at Doncaster in May. Plenty of weight but there could yet be more to come.
Won three times last term for previous handler and won for current yard over C&D in May. Failed by just a nose here last time over 5f and should be competitive again despite 3lb rise. Has won on soft.
Two of his three Irish wins came at 6f and a mile in soft/heavy ground so conditions shouldn't be an issue. Hasn't won for nearly two years but fair third at Thirsk penultimate start over 7f. First-time blinkers applied after poor run latest.
In decent form this year with two wins at this trip but might just be weighted to the hilt on evidence of last three outings. Easier ground may help but faces a tough task.
Two wins at 5f for James Given prior to C&D success on first start for current yard in May. Raised 5lb and disappointing last two starts so has a bit to prove despite 1lb drop. Return here may help the cause.
Has won on soft ground in the past but hasn't really shown enough in three starts since being gelded in the spring to suggest he's on the verge of returning to the winners enclosure.
Failed by less than a length on second start in soft ground here over 5f as a juvenile. Form this year suggests he's better suited by a sound surface and has won twice, including over C&D in June off 3lb lower on Good to Firm.
All three wins have come with give underfoot and won over C&D penultimate start on soft ground off 6lb lower mark. Solid second back here last time off just 1lb lower and has decent claims.
Landed first success when tackling soft ground for the first time at Thirsk recently in 6f maiden handicap. Up 3lb in much tougher race but easy surface may again allow him to be competitive.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Dark Defender||5||9-4||14/1||Full Result|
|T: K DalgleishJ: Jason Hart|
Bielsa (5/2), Zig Zag Zyggy (5/1), Blindingly (6/1), Friendly Advice (13/2), Cool Spirit (8/1), Gymkhana (8/1), Dancing Rave (10/1), Galloway Hills (12/1), Ower Fly (14/1)
- Dancing Rave
- Zig Zag Zyggy
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