15:35 Ripon Sat 28 September 2019
In good form last autumn winning three times at 7f; not seen since his reappearance run in April. Awkward to place now off his current mark this trip may be a little on the short side these days (not seen over 6f since Ayr Gold Cup last year).
Not quite at his best this year until finishing a fair ninth in the Ayr Gold Cup last weekend (second home on the stands side; first-time blinkers). C&D winner who runs off a 3lb lower mark now (blinkers removed), wouldn't want any further rain.
Very well suited by the testing conditions when winning at Haydock in a first-time tongue-tie prior to wind surgery. Returned from that procedure to finish midfield (Ayr Gold Cup); appreciates soft/heavy ground; should be sharper for his last start.
Yet to really find his form this year having landed the Ayr Gold Cup last season off a 6lb higher mark. Various changes of headgear (now back in blinkers) don't appear as yet to have produced any progress; well handicapped but comes with risks.
Falling back to a mark that's commensurate with his last winning one having shown up well for the most part in big-field sprints since his 6f Thirsk win in May. Not disgraced in the Ayr Silver Cup last time; hard to rule out in this company.
Produced a rare below-par effort in the Ayr Gold Cup (slow away) having shown some decent form earlier in the season winning at York (7f) and Windsor (6f). Previous C&D winner also finished third in Great St Wilfrid; type who could bounce back.
Three-time C&D winner including this contest in 2017 off a mark of 96 (off 85 today); only recorded one win since that success. This headgear combination appeared to provide the catalyst to a better run last time (Ayr Silver Cup), finished fifth.
Recent efforts have rather belied his decent start to the season when he won on seasonal debut at Windsor (6f, good) off a 5lb higher mark. Not seen to best effect last time (poorly drawn); others do have more persuasive claims though.
Pair of C&D victories to his name this year (three-time C&D winner in total) but all those wins have come in a lower grade. Not in quite the same form of late as his last C&D win; remains 3lb above his last winning mark; others a more solid option.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Royal Brave||7||8-12||25/1||Full Result|
|T: Rebecca BastimanJ: R Ffrench|
Flying Pursuit (3/1), Gunmetal (9/2), Muscika (6/1), Citron Major (6/1), Baron Bolt (15/2), Cold Stare (9/1), Bossipop (9/1), Diamond Dougal (12/1), Muntadab (16/1)
- Flying Pursuit
- Cold Stare