16:50 York Wed 21 August 2019
Improved from a promising debut to win at Pontefract but looked well out of his depth in Group 2 company next time and turned over at short odds twice since. May do better when stepped up in trip.
Made it four wins from his last five starts in a handicap at Thirsk last time out. Up 7lb for that but yard's sprinters are often progressive and he's not one to underestimate.
Arrives bidding for a hat-trick having won a novice race prior to his handicap success at Goodwood last time out. 10lb rise could be on the harsh side and he may be seen at his best over a bit further.
Only beaten by a smart sort on debut and has won with a bit in hand on both starts since. Opening handicap mark doesn't look overly generous but he could easily improve for this step up in trip.
Won two of his first three and while he found Listed class too tough next time out, he's run with credit in two starts since. However, this is clearly tough and he has a 2lb rise to cope with. Booking of a talented apprentice claiming 5lb will help.
In behind Bill Neigh last time out at Chester when failing to beat a rival home. However, he did show plenty of promise when winning here in June and there's a chance this handicap mark isn't beyond his reach.
Maiden winner at Haydock on his second start but well beaten in Listed class at Ascot last time out when stepped up in trip. Form of his win has been done no favours since and likely this mark overestimates him.
Denied in a hat-trick bid when favourite at Goodwood last time out behind re-opposing stablemate Homespin. Needs to settle better if he's to have a say.
Gained a third career win (dead-heat) in a valuable race at Newmarket last time out. That form hasn't been done any favours since though and she looks vulnerable from her revised handicap mark.
Unbeaten in two starts, justifying odds-on favouritism at Brighton last time out. Handicap debut and should continue to progress for the yard that won this last year.
In behind some of these at Goodwood last time in a hat-trick bid. Dropped 1lb by the handicapper and yard won this last year but others hold stronger claims.
Novice winner back at Lingfield in June and while she found Group 3 company too tough at Royal Ascot, she's been running okay in defeat since in some competitive races. First-time blinkers need to eke out improvement.
Unbeaten in her three starts and stayed on gamely to win at Doncaster last time out when favourite. Every chance this yard will get more improvement out of her but sure to need it in this deeper race.
Off the mark at the third attempt in novice company at Yarmouth. That form looks a little below what's required here but plenty to like about his attitude at least and not without each-way claims.
Improved from his first two starts to win at Newbury, despite meeting some trouble in running. Well beaten last time out at Goodwood on handicap debut but likely he's better than that and yard in form of late.
Still a maiden after four starts but showed he may be capable from this mark when third of 14 at Goodwood last time out. Up 2lb but stayed on gamely and should have more to give.
A maiden after five starts and only narrowly denied in a C&D maiden back in June. Well beaten on handicap debut at Chester last time though and a fair bit to prove after that. Wears first-time tongue-tie.
Off the mark at the sixth attempt in a heavy ground Carlisle maiden, winning with a fair amount in hand. Likely to get different ground here but she's respected under a penalty.
Only narrowly denied in a maiden at Doncaster on debut but hasn't built on that in two runs since. This mark may not be surmountable if he can improve a little from the ability he showed on debut.
Well beaten either side of a promising effort in a maiden at Ayr. Handicapper has taken no chances though and he needs plenty more here.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Ginger Nut||2||9-1||9/2||Full Result|
|T: R HannonJ: Oisin Murphy|
Oti Ma Boati (11/4), Praxeology (8/1), Pop Dancer (8/1), Hard Nut (9/1), Troubador (12/1), Homespin (12/1), Stone Circle (12/1), Monoski (14/1), Malvern (14/1), Rose Of Kildare (18/1), Owney Madden (20/1), Buhturi (20/1), Separate (25/1), Bill Neigh (25/1), Otago (25/1), Born To Destroy (33/1), Vardon Flyer (33/1), Mr Jones And Me (33/1), Hurstwood (40/1), Ventura Flame (40/1), Seraphinite (50/1), Streaker (100/1)
- Pop Dancer
- Bill Neigh
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