14:05 Haydock Sat 28 September 2019
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- 1m 37y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Acts on testing ground and won over C&D four years ago. Has only won twice since then, including in Listed company last year. Not at his best this year, but also faced with some tough tasks. Not written off.
Multiple AW winner who has yet to score on turf. Little encouragement in his two starts since joining this trainer. Plenty to prove.
Sole win came on slow ground. Ran well in Listed company in France in June, and went very close here over 7f (soft) last time. Up 1lb, and the way he finished that day suggests that this trip will be ideal. Claims.
Has put together a good CV in 2019, holding his form well until a below par run last time. Scored over 1m2f at Chelmsford (AW) last month when 3lb lower. Had also won over extended 1m at Hamilton in July. Has only raced on good or fast ground.
Acts on soft, but has yet to win on ground slower than good. Each-way player if at his best, but his record suggests that he might struggle to win this race from this high-a-mark.
Ran well from this mark at Chester last time, when 1L third (7½f, good). Has shown that he acts on soft, although there is still a bit for him to prove over this trip.
Soft ground scorer who races over his optimum trip here. 3lb higher than his last win and a bit to prove after his last couple of runs.
Finished in front of Barristan The Bold when scoring at Chester in June. Ran on well for a decisive win back there last time. Best form has all been on a sound or fast surface, however, and this looks tough on heavy ground after a 5lb rise.
C&D scorer on heavy last month, when 4lb lower. That was his peak effort of the season, and not in such good form in two starts since. Clearly can't write him off, but there has to be some doubt about him reproducing that form here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: I JardineJ: J Fanning|
Barristan The Bold (10/3), Mitchum Swagger (4/1), Dubai Dominion (5/1), Gabrial The Wire (5/1), Mikmak (7/1), Victory Command (10/1), Club Wexford (12/1), Crownthorpe (14/1), Humbert (16/1)
- Dubai Dominion
- Mitchum Swagger
- Club Wexford
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