17:00 York Sat 12 October 2019
Three winter AW wins seen him toil this summer in eight starts over a variety of distances. Champion jockey booking a positive but hard to fancy nonetheless.
Won this race a year ago as part of a hat-trick but less compelling claims this time having flopped in the same race he won prior at Ayr last time out.
Barring an unexplained below-par effort penultimately he is very consistent and won at Sandown over 1m6f latest and has won over 2m also in the past. Faces less exposed rivals in this hotter contest and soft ground is problematic.
Lost his way of late after solid early season form including win over Knight Crusader at Nottingham. Handicap mark now within range but must show more to take advantage.
Consistent dual-purpose mare been in good form over hurdles and ran well back on the level over 1m4f at Hamilton latest. Untested over this sort of trip on the Flat but stays 2m6f over hurdles so could improve for it; highly respected.
Won a maiden at Down Royal in June 2018 before a purchase of 85,000 gns in July 2018 by these connections. Belated reappearance saw him struggle at Ayr but may have needed that and longer trip/blinkers here add to intrigue.
Three-time winner for Sylvester Kirk ran well in three starts for this yard without looking overly well handicapped. Trip and ground are ideal here though so not ruled out altogether.
Revelation since reverting to the Flat this season winning three straight from 2m½f to 2m5f. Only raised 3lb today for last win which gives her a realistic chance to continue the streak. Ground conditions are the worry today.
Running pretty consistently this term without success over middle distances but rarely looked well handicapped. Must improve for step up in trip is he's going to play a significant role.
Six-time winner at up to 1m6f tackles 2m for the first time belatedly but does so on the back of a below par run of form so not one to take a chance on.
Won over 2m1f at Pontefract and since finished second over C&D and to Rubenesque at Newcastle latest. Same weight terms with that rival but neither of them likely to relish testing ground.
Only previous time he tackled 2m on soft ground he was successful at Haydock so after a respectable fourth on heavy over 1m6f latest he makes more appeal today and is definitely one for the shortlist with others not so soft ground effective.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M W EasterbyJ: Nathan Evans|
Arrowtown (3/1), Sassie (5/1), Rubenesque (11/2), Contrebasse (13/2), Forewarning (8/1), Aircraft Carrier (10/1), Doctor Cross (11/1), River Icon (12/1), Orin Swift (20/1), Knight Crusader (20/1), Royal Cosmic (25/1), Manzil (33/1)
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