14:40 York Fri 11 October 2019
Arrives on the back of a decisive heavy ground Goodwood win (1m) in a claiming handicap, for which he has gone up 7lb. If able to repeat that effort here, he would still have a good chance, and claimer negates 5lb of that rise. Claims.
Acts on soft and has earned two of his three career wins here (7f/1m). The more recent of those came in June, when 4lb lower. Has remained competitive both on turf and AW since then, and looks a contender back at this track.
Has won 7-29 turf starts, three of them this season, and one on heavy ground. Was runner-up in this race last year, beaten 1½L when 3lb higher. Looks likely to be a leading player again.
Has a good record on AW, but is a maiden on turf from eight attempts. Has disappointed on both starts for this trainer, and looks the least likely of his runners to be winning this, at least on recent evidence.
Goes on any ground, his latest success at Ripon (1m) coming on soft in August, when 3lb lower. Far from disgraced when 6L twelfth in Irish Cambridgeshire last time, and makes some each-way appeal.
Goes on any ground and is effective over 7f-1m. Scored at Ascot last time out (7f, soft), for which he carries a 5lb penalty here. Not always consistent, and this revised mark might just ask a question too many of him at this level.
Has been running respectably in defeat and has now slipped back to his last winning mark. Yet to win on going slower than good, though he does appear to handle softer ground. Not written off, but needs to better his last couple of efforts.
Soft ground winner over 1m at Ripon last year. Added further successes at Beverley and Newcastle this season. Has not has the best of times here on his last three starts, and looks handicapped to the hilt at present.
Trip and ground are ideal for this six-time winner. Hasn't seen much action in 2019, but went close when 1lb lower in a class 3 at Ripon in June. Well held at Ayr last time. 1lb below his last winning mark, so some each-way appeal.
Relishes softer ground and scored on it at Haydock (7f) on his penultimate start, when 3lb lower. Well held in all his other three runs for this trainer, however, and not easy to be confident that he can produce the goods in this grade.
Has won four times over 6f-7f, including on soft. Half-brother to a couple of winners at around this trip, so optimism that he will see it out on his first try. 2lb higher than his last success, and may be able to find some improvement. Interesting.
Handles good to soft, but winning form on turf has been on good or faster. Yet to win from a mark this high. Capable of being competitive, but others make more appeal in this line-up.
Without a win in 27 starts since last doing so in June 2015. Went close behind Hortzadar at Ripon in August (1m, soft), and is now 2lb better off with him for ½L. Can't discount him each-way, but clearly carries risks for win purposes.
Broke his duck at this track (6f, good to soft) in a maiden. Has won twice since over 7f on fast ground. One of those was a premier handicap at Leopardstown last year, and he has suffered at the hands of the assessor since. Others preferred.
4-40 career record, and acts well with cut in the ground. Most recent win came at Haydock (1m, heavy) in August, when 4lb lower. Held both starts since. Nicely drawn, but record suggests he struggles from this high in the handicap.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Just Hiss||5||8-7||9/1||Full Result|
|T: T D EasterbyJ: Rachel Richardson|
Alemaratalyoum (4/1), Firmament (6/1), Donncha (8/1), Waarif (9/1), Hortzadar (9/1), Crownthorpe (12/1), Major Partnership (12/1), King's Pavilion (14/1), Young Fire (14/1), Zap (14/1), Alfred Richardson (14/1), Mikmak (14/1), Gulf Of Poets (20/1), Sanaadh (22/1), Wahoo (25/1), Humbert (40/1)
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