17:00 Haydock Sat 28 September 2019
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- 1m 3f 175y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Plenty high enough in the handicap now, based on his last two outings, and heavy ground remains an unknown for him. Others preferred.
9lb higher than when scoring at Ripon (1m4f, good) in June. Has run really well from this mark on his last two starts, and if handling heavy (acts on soft) on his first try, he looks a contender again.
Arrives in good form, having dead-heated for a win at Newbury (1m5½f, good to soft) last time, when 2lb lower and the front pair were 2½L clear. Also effective over this trip, and looks a major player who still has room for manoeuvre from this mark.
Has won three times at up to 1m6f, all on fast ground. Has changed stables twice in quick time since last running in August and makes his debut for a top team with plenty to prove, albeit it well handicapped on old form. Market check.
Scored on soft (1m2f) at Doncaster last year, when over 3L clear of Frontispiece (who is now 9lb better off). Up 2lb going into this, despite not winning this season, and for all he should be competitive, that rise is not going to help.
Has won on soft ground, and has slipped 2lb to a very competitive mark here. Has a below par Chester run to overcome, but otherwise he looks a serious contender in conditions that he handles. Cheekpieces go on.
Easy 4L winner of an amateurs' handicap here (1m3½f, soft) earlier in the month, for which he is up 8lb today. Has been held from 1lb lower a couple of times in the past, but clearly can't rule him out after that latest effort.
Won a Ripon maiden (1m2f, good) last month, in the manner of a horse that could look well treated here. Disappointed, however, when running here over 1m6f (soft) last time, from 1lb higher. Unexposed, and remains of interest.
Scored over this trip at Doncaster (good) in April, on his handicap debut, when 8lb lower. Eclipsed that effort when runner-up at Ripon in July. Not fully exposed, and can't rule him out despite below par run last time.
Last Year's Winner
|7||Finniston Farm||3||9-3||9/2||Full Result|
|T: Tom DascombeJ: Patrick Pilley|
Crystal King (3/1), Speed Company (9/2), Lightly Squeeze (5/1), Rowland Ward (6/1), Sputnik Planum (7/1), Frontispiece (7/1), Music Seeker (15/2), Gabrials Boy (12/1), Jabbaar (16/1), Shabeeb (16/1)
- Rowland Ward