17:15 Chester Fri 13 September 2019
Sure to attract attention on the jockey booking alone; ran just about his best race of the season last time when winning at Beverley last time (first win for two years). First-time cheekpieces worked the oracle, will be involved if they work again.
Won twice around this time last year (has slipped to a good mark; 5lb below last winning one); best judged on his Catterick second two starts ago. Overall record is patchy but this trip suits, he's well drawn and he goes well at this time of year.
Confirmed the promise of a Carlisle second in May when winning next time at Beverley over an extended 1m. More bad than good since then though making his debut at this tricky circuit with a car park draw to overcome.
Would look quite well handicapped off this mark on his old form; has looked well below his best of late, beaten in claimers last three starts. May have needed the run on the AW last time (back from 10 weeks off); not one to be too reliant on.
Twice a C&D winner (includes this race in 2015 off a 10lb lower mark); has looked in better form of late with his fourth at Brighton recently showing him in a good light. Hard to dismiss from a reasonable draw; might need stronger handling.
Yet to really sparkle for this yard with his form rather in-and-out including in headgear which is reapplied today. Well handicapped on some of his form he's been rather unfortunate with the draw here which blights his chance.
Fair sort on turf but probably of greater interest on the AW these days with his last three starts on this surface all being disappointing. Did win a Wolverhampton claimer back in July (7f) but hard to recommend him here back on turf with this draw.
Roll back to 2017 and he had some useful handicap form for his prior yards, disappointing of late (lightly-raced). Looks to retain little of his old ability now; despite a good draw he's easy enough to leave out of calculations.
0-6 around here he's one of three for his owner in this although he's looked rather out of sorts since his Beverley win earlier in the year over a similar trip. On the plus side he has slid below his last winning mark; the draw is a huge negative.
Rider starting to get noticed in these events (well worth his 5lb); has a capable partner if he runs to his July form (C&D and Nottingham winner). Below form last time but looks the type to bounce back quickly; nicely drawn, leading contender.
Largely seen to good effect in handicaps this year but only one win to her name at Wolverhampton over 1m1f (goes well at the track). Has run well here but does have a record of 0-14 to overcome off what looks to be a good mark.
Far from blooming this year with the majority of his runs well below-par and a long way removed from previous form. Possible that a return here, won this race last year under the same rider off a an 11lb higher mark will spark a revival.
Inexperienced sort who returns from an absence with just one turf start to her name having made her handicap debut on the AW. Makes stable debut (in good hands) but would need to make some major progress to get involved.
8lb out of the weights so hasn't got an easy task on that score for a start. Add in the fact that's he's a better horse on the AW these days and he makes little appeal here in a race that looks too competitive for him.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Intense Style||6||11-3||5/2||Full Result|
|T: J L EyreJ: Mr J Harding|
Salam Zayed (7/2), Calder Prince (4/1), Parys Mountain (5/1), Bell Heather (7/1), Intense Style (8/1), Confrontational (17/2), Imperial State (12/1), Baltic Prince (14/1), Stringybark Creek (16/1), Pacino (25/1), Quixote (33/1), Mister Music (33/1), Thermal (33/1), Peachey Carnehan (66/1)
- Salam Zayed
- Parys Mountain
- Intense Style
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