17:00 Thirsk Mon 16 September 2019
Won over 7½f at Beverley in July, and has maintained his form, finishing a creditable second of 10 to Calder Prince over the same track and trip last time. Must be considered in current vein of form.
Won at Ayr (1m) in July. Excuses for last turf run here on heavy ground, and ran respectably when fifth at Wolverhampton last time under an aggressive ride. Drops in trip back on turf now, and not ruled out.
Would come into the reckoning on his penultimate fourth over C&D, but he followed that with a lifeless effort here last time, and needs to bounce back to his best to be competitive.
Won over an extended 7f at Ayr in July (soft) and better effort since when ¾L fourth of 14 to Queen's Sargent over C&D last time. Big chance if repeating that, but consistency isn't his strong point.
Landed a hat-trick of handicap wins at around this trip in July/August, but raised 16lb in total, and shaped as if the handicapper had his measure at Beverley last time.
Plenty of in-frame efforts to his name, and one to consider on form, but the bottom line is that he's had 23 runs in handicaps without winning, and he isn't one for maximum faith.
Placed at Nottingham in May, and well treated on his best efforts, but he's been well below form the last twice, and is entitled to need this run having been off since June.
Winner at Pontefract in August 2018. Better than the bare result over 6f here last time, but he's essentially regressive, and has stamina to prove for this trip, so easy enough to omit from calculations.
Operating below his best sinmce finishing second at Catterick in June, but the handicapper has reacted accordingly, and the return to a well-run 7f will suit, so can't be left out of calculations.
Almost sprung a 50/1 shock at Musselburgh last month having made all at Carlisle in May, but tends to run more than the occasional stinker, and reverted to type at Newcastle last time.
Has won two of his last four, most recently over 6f at Catterick last week. Little in hand there, so needs to improve to defy a penalty, but he stays this trip well, and could well remain competitive.
Has not won on turf since August 2017, and although he hinted at a return to form when fifth at Doncaster on his penultimate outing, he didn't build on that last time, and remains opposable for win purposes.
C&D winner on her belated return/stable debut in June, and ran even better when third next time. Too free to do herself justice on latest start at Musselburgh last time, but likely to bounce back.
Has a squeak on a couple of in-frame efforts this season, and has had wind surgery since disappointing at Catterick in July. Not a huge surprise to see him bounce back, although yard still struggling for winners.
Runner-up over C&D in June, but has run poorly twice since, and chance is not obvious from out of the handicap here, even if back in the groove.
Last Year's Winner
Start Time (4/1), Esprit De Corps (5/1), Twin Appeal (6/1), Aliento (6/1), Uncle Charlie (7/1), Black Friday (10/1), Deansgate (12/1), John Kirkup (12/1), Sfumato (12/1), Red Seeker (12/1), Zylan (16/1), Arcavallo (16/1), Highlight Reel (18/1), Alfa McGuire (20/1), Billy Wedge (20/1), Smugglers Creek (33/1)
- Twin Appeal
- Esprit De Corps
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