16:20 York Fri 11 October 2019
Soft ground winner who has slipped back to 4lb below his last winning mark. Hasn't been close to his best on his last three runs, and doesn't have the best of draws here, but wouldn't write him off if market vibes are good.
Loves this C&D and has won over it three times, including on soft. Not quite as good now as he once was, but has proved he is still hugely competitive from this mark in two of his last three starts. Not ruled out.
Latest win came on soft at Doncaster (5f) in August, when 4lb lower. Ran well here over C&D next time. Held in the Portland back at Doncaster last time, but not easy to put a line through him.
Completed a hat-trick last year, but is 1-14 since then, that success coming on the AW. Went close again on Polytrack on his penultimate start. Raced freely last time when last at Leicester. Others appeal more.
Has won on good to soft when making all at Musselburgh (5f) in August. A 4lb rise did not stop him going close again at Yarmouth last time. Up another 3lb here, so more needed, but no surprise if he is very competitive.
Won at both Doncaster and Ripon (latter 5f, soft) in June. Improved on that on both his last two outings at Newmarket (6f) and here over C&D last time. Up another 2lb, but has a good draw and looks capable of going close again.
Raised the bar on previous efforts when scoring at Wolverhampton last time. 5lb penalty for that. Consistent, but needs to pull out even more in this field.
Landed a hat-trick earlier in the year, the best of his wins coming from a mark of 80. He is 9lb higher today, and although he handles soft, he probably prefers to hear his hooves rattle, so may find a few too good.
Has won 2-4 since joining this trainer, both at Ripon on good to soft. Gets those sort of conditions again this time. Still looks unexposed judged on his latest success and it not ruled out, but needs more improvement up 6lb.
Dual winner last year, including from 1lb higher. Ran a couple of good races in defeat from higher marks in the spring. Not seen since June and changed hands for 34,000gns in July. Has twice won when fresh and is interesting after a 3lb drop.
Dual 7f winner when with John Gosden. Went close on his second start for this trainer at Doncaster in May, and again here (6f, soft) in July, when 1lb higher. Style of racing suggests he may have enough pace to be very competitive from a good draw.
1lb better off with Count d'Orsay for 1¾L at Ripon last time. Won a novice over C&D at this meeting last year. Has won with cut in the ground, but will need a bit of improvement.
Won back-to-back at Nottingham (both 5f, inc. on good to soft), the latter when 6lb lower. Added another win at Windsor, when 1lb lower, in July. Again ran well in her last two, both at Leicester, and can't write her off.
C&D winner (good to firm) last year, when 2lb lower. Only win since then came from the same mark at Ayr (5½f) in July. Handles soft ground, but needs to bounce right back after some lack lustre efforts.
Goes well on good to soft ground. Has faced some tough assignments here and is 0-9 at the track, although did go very close in a similar big field sprint last year, when 11lb higher. Handicapper giving him a chance but yet to make the most of it.
Stays up to 7f but has the pace to win over 5f, as he proved when scoring at Hamilton (soft) in June. Added another win at Ayr last month (6f, good), and follow-up not ruled out from 5lb higher.
Without a win for over three years. Can't be written off from this mark, and given the fast that he has been a close second twice here this season, but looks to hold more each-way than win potential for betting purposes.
Loves to get his toe in and stayed on strongly to score at Nottingham (6f, heavy) last week, under this jockey. 5lb penalty to shoulder here, but should be very competitive if he can repeat that form, and should be doing his best work late.
Beat Duke Of Firenze 1L (now 4lb worse with him) at Epsom in August. Held from this mark on both starts since, including here last month. Looks up against it.
Has been in good form at lower levels this summer, without winning. Unraced on slower than good, and remains 4lb higher than his last success. Fair bit to prove.
Goes well on soft/heavy ground and went close at this level and from today's mark at Chester in August. Not as good since, and not sure he can be relied upon to bounce back here.
Dual 6f winner here who has conditions to suit. 1lb lower than his only win this season, has a decent draw, and could see him going well, despite this being shorter than his usual trip.
Last Year's Winner
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Moss Gill (7/2), Jawwaal (5/1), Music Society (5/1), Only Spoofing (8/1), Fantasy Keeper (8/1), Holmeswood (11/1), Orvar (16/1), Count D'Orsay (20/1), Dark Defender (22/1), Savalas (25/1), Broken Spear (25/1), War Whisper (25/1), Duke Of Firenze (25/1), Dark Shot (25/1), Foolaad (25/1), The Daley Express (40/1), Bossipop (40/1), Lord Riddiford (40/1), Harome (40/1), Free Love (66/1), Storm Over (66/1), Merry Banter (66/1)
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