14:25 Southwell Mon 26 August 2019
Appeared to be a rejuvenated sort for a move to this yard highlighted by a 6f win at Thirsk in May (off 6lb lower). Failed to match that form since (below form the last twice); shaped encouragingly on his one previous Fibresand try (stable debut).
First experience of this surface (sire has a reasonable strike-rate here) having been well below form of late in four starts for this yard (previously with Richard Fahey). Continues to fall in the handicap but with little sign of taking advantage.
Looks to have rather lost his way since returning to one of his original yards running poorly after a break last time (struggled from a fair way out). One previous outing on Fibresand came when he was in much better form; hard to support for now.
Course winner (5f) on stable debut taking advantage of a much reduced mark; appears to like this surface. Struggled for the most part this year at sprint trips hanging badly last time having been given a three-month break; one of the lesser lights.
Two-time C&D winner in lowly company with his latest win coming over 7f (Polytrack) on his only run for Paul Howling. Now back with his former yard he lacked any sharpness over 1m last time; now back at 6f this run should reveal more.
Fair sort in this company but yet to win a handicap despite a mark that continues to fall (career-low here). Ran poorly on soft ground last time having taken a step forward previously; one previous modest effort on Fibresand (handicap debut).
Three wins on Fibresand including one over this trip (all career wins on AW); highly-tried last time out, better expected back in this grade. Ran soundly enough prior to his last outing looking capable of getting involved returned to Fibresand.
Improved to get off the mark over 6f at Nottingham (looked suited by the trip) off an 8lb lower mark in July. Better than her finishing position in both starts since (undone by the draw both times); doubts remain about the suitability of Fibresand.
Fair handicapper at best when last seen back in 2015 (two AW wins in Ireland to his name). Considerable absence to overcome now and having never encountered this surface before has plenty of questions to answer.
Three starts this year broken up by some fair breaks have shown him to be in modest form at best; 0-6 on Fibresand. Ran to just a poor level on turf last time; hard to fashion a strong argument for his chance even in first-time blinkers.
Built on the promise of a previous start when winning a modest 5f handicap at Ripon in June (race run to suit). Didn't look an obvious sort to follow up and so it's proved with three meek runs ensuing; 0-9 on Fibresand.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M S SaundersJ: Charlie Bennett|
Tan (5/2), Scuzeme (11/4), Gorgeous General (11/2), Amelia R (8/1), Bengali Boys (12/1), Beechwood Izzy (14/1), Declamation (14/1), Chez Vegas (18/1), Inaam (25/1), Optimickstickhill (25/1), Caso Do Lago (50/1)
- Gorgeous General
- Amelia R
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