19:30 Chelmsford City Tue 24 September 2019
Produced with what appeared to be a winning challenge over 6f here (Class 2) last week, only to be worn down close home by Desert Doctor and Shimmering Dawn; stays 7f-1m, and sits near enough his last winning mark; player.
Appeared to have a relatively bright future when taking a 6f Wolverhampton novice before starting 5-4f when last of four in a Newmarket conditions stakes (6f, soft) last November; belated seasonal reappearance (326-day absence).
Cost €180,000 as a juvenile but has needed time to develop; seeks the hat-trick following 6f novice wins at Wolverhampton (14-1) and here at Chelmsford (2-7f); competes from a potentially tricky looking opening handicap mark (90).
Twice a winner since joining the Melbourne 10, including on the beach at Laytown (7f) last September; flopped on return from a six-month break back there 13 days ago; others preferred.
Cost a whopping $1,300,000 as a yearling; has stood little racing (career punctuated by two lengthy absences); gelded since a ready 1¼L winner of a Kempton novice (1m) almost exactly one year ago; market likely to be revealing for handicap debut.
Consistent front-runner; has found one too good on each of his last couple of visits to this track (1m2f); drops back to 7f for the first time since December 2017; Owen Burrows (saddles Alfarqad) has a useful form line through Muhaarar's Nephew.
Has plundered a couple of 7f Class 4 handicaps so far in 2019 (Newmarket and Kempton) and is a broadly consistent performer; 2lb higher than when beating Delilah Park by a nose on his penultimate start; others open to more improvement?
Stablemate of Michele Strogoff; twice a winner at this track (6f-1m) and also productive through the depths of the winter (Jan/Feb) on Tapeta at Newcastle; not firing on all cylinders of late; probably just a shade high in the handicap.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Owen BurrowsJ: David Probert|
Alemaratalyoum (2/1), Alfarqad (3/1), Madkhal (5/1), Jaleel (7/1), Michele Strogoff (8/1), Aljari (8/1), Glory of Paris (25/1), Florencio (50/1)
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