17:00 Chester Sat 14 September 2019
Won a 1m2f maiden at Sandown for John Gosden in June last year before missing a spell and running poorly in the autumn. Didn't show much on return/stable bow at Sandown (1m2f, soft; 80-1) and makes little appeal on that evidence.
Infrequent winner nowadays despite dropping 10lb below his last winning mark. Back in grade but needs to raise his game and prefers much faster conditions.
Won a couple of times over hurdles in 2017 after leaving Saeed Bin Suroor but returned from a 303-day absence and wind surgery with a never involved tailed off effort at Kempton last October. Hard to fancy following another lengthy break.
Held his form with three wins (last over this C&D) prior to a heavy ground defeat at Haydock and then an unlucky fourth, when twice denied a run, at Wolverhampton. Remains on a winnable mark and one to consider.
Front runner made all on fourth start for new over this C&D and after finding the ground too quick at Haydock, wasn't disgraced at Windsor. Drawn to attack in conditions that suit and has won off this mark previously. Likely contender.
Was successful at Doncaster (1m2f) earlier this year but since then his form has declined and still remains 2lb higher. Drawn wide and others likely better handicapped.
Won over a half furlong shorter on good to soft at Haydock in July and remains on a competitive mark. Ran to a similar level when third at Newmarket last start but this is stronger. Place possibilities.
Off the mark at the third attempt when winning a 1m½f novice contest at Wolverhamton. Improved on that well when third on handicap debut at Chelmsford before a poor run at Kempton in March. Gelded since ahead of turf debut. More needed.
Sole win came on fast ground for Sir Michael Stoute last year but has been close to that level in easier the conditions when third the last twice. Gets a welcome drop in grade and on same winning mark, Drawn to get a good position and a contender.
Has improved with each run since wind surgery and matched his very best form when winning at Wolverhampton (AW) over a half furlong shorter. His best six performances have come at that track so something to prove back on turf.
Only win away from his beloved Beverley came over this C&D in June, Remains 5lb higher than his last win, ran close to Medalla De Oro here two starts back but then tailed off at Pontefract. Needs to bounce back and a career best.
Top class performer in yesteryear; without a win since June 2015 and despite having his sights lowered considerably in the interim hasn't exactly fired. Remains best watched.
Lightly raced since back-to-back wins at Wolverhampton (AW) in April of last year, however his form has taken a sharp dip since. Needs to raise his game in this company.
Last Year's Winner
Garden Oasis (10/3), Scofflaw (5/1), Medalla De Oro (5/1), Kaser (7/1), Cote d'Azur (8/1), Indomeneo (17/2), Bit Of A Quirke (12/1), Rogue (12/1), Top Notch Tonto (14/1), Involved (16/1), Central City (16/1), Most Celebrated (20/1), Seven Clans (25/1), Jamih (33/1)
- Garden Oasis
- Medalla De Oro
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