18:15 Musselburgh Sat 14 September 2019
Lightly raced four-year-old gained third win over 1m½f at Epsom penultimately. Disappointing next under a penalty when odds-on at Haydock but given a break since so perhaps something came to light and could very easily bounce back.
Has won over 1m but does most of his racing over 7f and gained second career course win at that trip latest when staying on well to win by 1L. Upped 5lb and to 1m but remains a leading contender.
Over two years since last win and although he started season with two encouraging fourths his poor showing at Haydock latest tempers enthusiasm.
Likable seven-time winner been at the mercy of the handicapper since winning at Beverley in June. Ran well to be third of 17 at Haydock latest but handicap remains restrictive.
Had been bits of encouragement this season so latest win at Newmarket over 1m didn't come as a great surprise. Not always the sort to back up a strong effort but off a mark just 3lb higher he clearly has solid claims.
Won three times over 1m2f at Ayr during the summer of 2018 and as a consequence has taken time to return to a more competitive mark; wore a visor latest and that didn't help so now tried blinkers instead.
Developed into a useful novice hurdler last winter but showed he still has the toe for the Flat when a running in second over 7f at Kempton last month. Should strip fitter now and 1m will suit better so looks a leading contender.
Stepped back in trip to win over 1m2f at Haydock penultimately before second here latest over more familiar 1m4½f distance. 1m is a complete unknown at this stage but suspect it will be sharp enough.
Basically running quite consistently until disappointment last time out here where he faded into last of eight. Hopefully bounce back in the first-time visor now.
7f Brighton win this season his first score on turf since 2015 (won four on AW between). Thirds the last twice show he remains in good heart and he can again be competitive here.
Beaten a nose by Lagenda who runs earlier on the card today in a class 6 here last time out so in good heart but this is a great deal stronger so may find things harder today.
Last Year's Winner
Normal Norman (7/2), Grey Spirit (11/2), Glengarry (13/2), Brother McGonagall (8/1), Mustarrid (8/1), Zeshov (10/1), Glasses Up (10/1), Calvados Spirit (10/1), How Bizarre (14/1), Pickett's Charge (16/1), Whatwouldyouknow (16/1), Four Kingdoms (20/1), Jacob Black (20/1)
- Normal Norman
- Grey Spirit
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