16:10 Newmarket Sat 12 October 2019
Regular in big staying handicaps & C&D winner; won the Northumberland Plate off 3lb lower in June and not disgraced in Group 1 company at Longchamp (2m4f, very soft) last week. Big ask off top-weight but promising apprentice on board.
Group 3 winner over 2m in 2018 and finished second bidding for a repeat victory 14 days ago at The Curragh. Belated handicap debut for leading connections but exposed in comparison to many.
Fair bumper performer who won two of first three starts on the Flat. Won easily at Tramore (2m, yielding) in August but a 13lb rise seems harsh for that. Outclassed in the Doncaster Cup last time out.
Beaten favourite off 1lb higher in the Northumberland Plate and is still 7lb above his last handicap win in July 2018. A four-runner tactical affair didn't suit last time over hurdles but trainer has a good record in this race and has place claims.
Another regular in staying handicaps who has been placed in the Northumberland Plate, Ascot Stakes and Chester Cup. Well beaten the last twice but first-time visor goes on today and fairly handicapped on his best if headgear does the trick.
Has been resurgent for staying trips this season, winning for the fourth time at York (2m½f, good to firm) by a neck last time. First try over 2m2f today and further 4lb rise may be enough to prevent a fifth win of the year.
Bidding for a hat-trick after wins at Clairefontaine (1m6f, very soft) and Haydock (1m6f, soft). A penalty for the last victory puts him 3lb well-in here and has no stamina concerns after his third over 2m4f at Royal Ascot back in June.
Given too much to do when second at Royal Ascot (2m4f, good to soft) but won easily at Galway (1m4f, good) before being touched-off at Leopardstown (1m5f, good) last time. 4lb well-in and longer trip ideal for leading trainer/jockey. Strong claims.
Hasn't won as many races as a horse of his ability should've done but generally consistent this year in easier company. First run over further than 2m and was beaten 9L in the Old Borough Cup at Haydock (1m6f, soft) last time.
Good staying form in 2017, including a win over this trip at Newbury. Interrupted career since then but back to his best winning at Southwell (2m½f, Fibresand) in February. Shaped well on his only run since five weeks ago and has an each-way shout.
Very consistent and plenty of form in big staying handicaps; gained a deserved win in the Chester Plate (2m2½, heavy) back in May and made the frame in three starts since. Handicapped to his best as a result but will gallop all the way to the line.
Group 3 winner over 1m7f/2m in his native South Africa but has found life tough in big staying handicaps this season. Little better at Yarmouth (1m6f, good to firm) when fifth last time but still hasn't shown enough for serious consideration.
Lightly raced colt who posted a career best when second at Newbury (2m½f, good to soft) in July. Well beaten subsequently at Ascot and has undergone wind surgery since. Visor also added for the first time and may have some improvement still.
Good strike-rate so far (4/10) and unbeaten in both starts at 2m, including winning at Goodwood last time. Receives 10lb weight-for-age as a three-year-old for a yard who've won this race three times. Needs a career best but less exposed than most.
Successful return to the Flat at Kempton (1m4f, Polytrack) in August after disappointing over hurdles. Finished a fair fifth at Haydock (1m6f, soft) last time but didn't look to crying out for this extra 4f.
Only the six runs so far and was a good second on the July Course (1m6f, good) back in July. Not seen since suggests he's been aimed at this and with a stamina-laden pedigree, he's one of the more interesting big-priced runners.
Another strong candidate for the Willie Mullins team, this mare won well at the Galway Festival (2m1f, good) before finishing third over hurdles there just five days later. Well-beaten over hurdles again last time but will be spot-on today.
Dual-purpose performer who was won decent prizes under both codes, incldung beating Coeur De Lion at Newbury (2m2f, soft) back in April. Only 3lb higher here and easy to forgive his Royal Ascot defeat when out of his depth in the Queen Alexandra.
Won three of his five races thus far, including winning a valuable handicap at Haydock (1m6f, soft) last time. Up in trip but no worries on the stamina front given his pedigree and hard to envisage we've seen the best of him. Strongly respected.
Well-beaten on his only Flat start this year behind Great White Shark but landed a maiden hurdle at Galway (2m½f, good) in August before an unlucky passage at Listowel last time. From a shrewd yard who runners in these races always worthy of note.
Won five races (1m4f-2m) in 2018 before returning after 12 months to win in good style at Goodwood (2m4½f, good). This has been his stated target for a long time and, with further improvement likely, has leading claims for his veteran trainer.
Stays well and is most consistent, he was touched off by Timoshenko at Goodwood (2m4½f, good) three runs ago. Credible efforts in defeat twice since then and whilst is likely to give his running, this race will be probably too competitive.
Appreciated the ease in grade when making all at Yarmouth (1m6f, good to firm) last time. Had found more competitive handicaps beyond him prior to that and will need this extra trip to bring a jolt of improvement to make his presence felt.
Improved for 2m to win twice (Catterick/Beverley) before a career-best third at Nottingham (1m6f, heavy). Ran poorly at York last time and, although he wouldn't be the first from this yard to bounce back, probably has too much on his plate.
Posted a career best over hurdles when last seen at the Galway Festival (2m7f, good) in August, having been 7½L behind Great White Shark there on his Flat start this year five days previously. Not the most consistent but stays better than most.
Been mixing codes all year, winning at Down Royal over hurdles in June and has been runner-up twice on the Flat since, including last time at Gowran (1m6f, yielding). Doesn't look particularly well-handicapped and may find this a bridge too far.
Showed improved form for stepping up to 2m this year with wins at Nottingham and Goodwood. Up a total 10lb in the weights as a result and beaten fairly the last twice in lesser races off this mark.
Best form has been with cut in the ground, including when narrowly touched off at Ascot eight days ago. First time visor worn there is retained and whilst that was a personal best, he had a fairly hard race and this is tougher still.
In good form during the Summer, with an impressive win on the July Course (2m, good to firm) resulting in an 8lb rise. Well beaten in the Cesarewitch Trial over C&D last time and all known form isn't good enough.
Typical improving handicapper from this yard who has won six races this year (1m6f-2m2f) including over C&D last time, seemingly relishing the marathon trip. Well-in despite his 7lb penalty, still improving and a big danger to all off a low weight.
Last Year's Winner
|13||Low Sun||5||9-2||10/1||Full Result|
|T: W P MullinsJ: J A Heffernan|
Ranch Hand (11/2), Buildmeupbuttercup (6/1), Mr Everest (13/2), Great White Shark (7/1), Land Of Oz (15/2), Timoshenko (12/1), Who Dares Wins (16/1), Themaxwecan (20/1), Coeur de Lion (20/1), Time To Study (20/1), Stratum (25/1), Great Trango (25/1), Coeur Blimey (25/1), Not So Sleepy (33/1), Sneaky Getaway (33/1), Dubawi Fifty (33/1), Darksideoftarnside (33/1), Cypress Creek (33/1), Eddystone Rock (33/1), Billy Ray (33/1), Carnwennan (33/1), Party Playboy (50/1), Summer Moon (50/1), Rochester House (50/1), Rainbow Dreamer (50/1), Sovereign Duke (50/1), Garbanzo (50/1), Nuits St Georges (66/1), Graceful Lady (66/1), Seinesational (66/1), Hermoso Mundo (100/1)
- Land Of Oz
- Ranch Hand
- Time To Study
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