16:55 Doncaster Thu 12 September 2019
Yet to win on turf (was fourth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot) earning a lofty rating courtesy of a 33% AW strike-rate (4-12); 5lb higher than when beating Big Kitten by 1¾L at Kempton (1m4f, standard to slow) in June.
Thriving, winning three times at Ayr (1m-1m2f) since early July, rising a combined total of 15lb in the weights; is ground versatile and a past Doncaster winner (1m); arrived with a late challenge (fourth) in the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot latest.
Listed and Group 3 winner for his current trainer; on the whole has been quiet since taking the Festival Stakes at Goodwood (1m2f) for the second year in succession in May 2018; easing in the weights.
Held on gamely when winning at Windsor (1m, good to firm) in June, but hasn't really convinced since (0-4); finished eighth of 18 to What's The Story in the Class 2 Clipper Logistics Handicap at York (1m, good) three-weeks ago; trip?
Beaten just once in four starts in 2019 and that was when encountering good to soft ground at Royal Ascot (Britannia Stakes); comfortably beat a couple of Godolphin-owned 3yo's at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) latest; 8lb higher over a new trip.
Likes Haydock; 2lb higher than when winning for the second time at that Lancashire track (1m, good to firm) in July; certainly isn't copper-bottomed over this 1m2f trip and for that reason alone is best overlooked.
Head runner-up to the heavily supported Al Muffrih in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar (1m2f, good to firm) in May; modest since, but the handicapper has cut him some considerable slack; won here (1m) as a juvenile last September.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Another Eclipse||4||8-10||11/2||Full Result|
|T: D M SimcockJ: Andrea Atzeni|
Davydenko (11/10), Good Birthday (7/2), Leroy Leroy (6/1), Certain Lad (7/1), Desert Wind (15/2), First Sitting (9/1), Waarif (11/1), Nicholas T (14/1)
- Good Birthday
- Desert Wind
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