16:20 Doncaster Thu 12 September 2019
3lb higher than when winning the consolation race for the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood (6f, good to firm) - today's rival Tommy G finished a close third.
Has blown hot and cold this season, but is more than capable on his day; kept on from off the pace when runner-up to Mountain Peak at Newmarket (5f, good to firm) on his penultimate start; visor now applied.
Ex-Richard Hannon; 2-6 since joining David O'Meara out of a Windsor seller; same mark as when 3¾L second to Came From The Dark at Haydock (5f, soft) last week.
Lost his unbeaten record when worn down close home on handicap debut by the Roger Charlton-trained Total Commitment at Newmarket (6f, good to firm); very interesting contender despite a 2lb higher mark.
Beaten a short-head by today's rival Von Blucher in a 6½f Class 2 handicap here last September; is generally most effective at Ascot for William Buick; stablemate of Athollblair Boy.
Wasn't beaten all that far (approx 2½L) on belated seasonal reappearance/stable debut over 1m at Redcar three-weeks ago; won over 6f as a juvenile for Richard Hannon.
Scrambled home by a nose when justifying favouritism at Yarmouth (6f, good to firm) in July; things haven't gone according to plan since (stalls excuses); 2lb above that last winning mark.
Versatile performer (turf or AW); 3lb higher than when winning for today's rider Izzy Clifton over 7f here (good to firm) in June - beat Lucky Louie; has finished behind (fourth) Hart Stopper at Yarmouth since; stablemate of Normandy Barriere.
14th of 18 in this race last year; made a winning start to the season at Redcar (6f, good to firm) in April and just about in the grip of the handicapper since; often competes at Thirsk.
Knocking firmly at the door on each of his last two starts (6f-7f); has been raised a couple of pounds, and now steps up into a slightly stronger contest (Class 3); place possible.
Rather impressive course form figures of 3,2,5,2,2 - beaten ½L by today's rival Athollblair Boy over 7f here in June; given a fair 3lb rise for August's Ffos Las success (7½f, good to firm).
Won from a similar mark at Ayr in May (7f, good to firm) and posted another strong performance at his beloved Goodwood (third to Poyle Vinnie) in August; has no issues with Doncaster so could feasibly be on the premises.
Won from an 11lb higher mark here (6½f) last September, beating today's rival Normandy Barriere by a short-head; not in the same form so far this season, but is clearly dangerously handicapped and can't be dismissed.
Won a 6f AW claimer for David O'Meara at Wolverhampton last month; filled the rear-division on debut for Sophie Leach at Epsom (7f, good to firm) 16 days ago; top jockey Becky Smith aboard.
Strong on the AW at Newcastle for former handler Michael Wigham, but it should also be pointed out that his sole turf win came over 7f here last August; isn't overly enticing on debut for Robyn Brisland.
Made the frame behind Atlanta's Boy in a Class 5 C&D handicap (good to firm) in July; this race is clearly more competitive and he has plenty to find from outside of the handicap proper.
Last Year's Winner
|11||Big Lachie||4||9-6||12/1||Full Result|
|T: D M LoughnaneJ: Jessica Cooley|
Drummond Warrior (9/2), Lucky Louie (13/2), Normandy Barriere (15/2), Saluti (9/1), Hart Stopper (10/1), Tomily (10/1), The Armed Man (10/1), Athollblair Boy (12/1), Savalas (12/1), Tangled (12/1), Von Blucher (14/1), Tommy G (20/1), Poyle Vinnie (20/1), Our Little Pony (20/1), Nick Vedder (28/1), Mujassam (33/1), Lucky Beggar (50/1)
- Drummond Warrior
- Tommy G
- Lucky Louie
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