17:25 Southwell Wed 16 October 2019
Effective on all types of artificial surface; kept on under pressure when finishing 4½L third to the in-form Queen Of Kalahari over C&D last week; one for the shortlist.
Justified favouritism when scoring over this trip at Ripon (6f, good) in July; less effective since and steps onto the Fibresand (and the AW generally for that matter) for the very first time tonight.
3lb higher than when beating Atletico by a head at Pontefract (6f, good to firm) on his penultimate start; sole previous visit to Southwell came over 7f in May 2018 (fifth of seven); has won on Tapeta at Newcastle.
On a long losing run; finished last of 18 (66-1) in a Class 4 handicap at Doncaster (5f, good to firm) last month; it's difficult to identify that many positive aspects to his overall form profile; stablemate of Scandinavian Lady and Ghost Buy.
Won over this trip on handicap debut at Newcastle in January; has run consistently since returning from a seven-month plus break - beaten just over 4L (fifth) by Axe Axelrod at Newcastle last week; interesting on Fibresand debut.
Eight-race maiden; has been gelded and had wind surgery since finishing third to Victory Rose (Montalvan second) in a Class 6 handicap at Doncaster (6f, good) in June; one of three declared runners for Ivan Furtado.
Selling winner earlier in the year at Thirsk (6f) for David O'Meara (sold out of that race for £12,000); poor since joining John Balding and undergoing wind surgery; soundly beaten over C&D 12 days ago.
Back to winning ways in the mud at Hamilton (6f, heavy) just over a fortnight ago, beating stablemate Cosmic Chatter by 3L; 6lb higher in the weights tonight; has historic winning form on Fibresand (March 2015); key player.
Last Year's Winner
Poeta Brasileiro (15/8), Montalvan (7/2), Scandinavian Lady (9/2), Round The Island (7/1), Vallarta (11/1), Ghost Buy (12/1), Normal Equilibrium (25/1), Murqaab (33/1)
- Poeta Brasileiro
- Scandinavian Lady
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