14:30 Brighton Thu 17 October 2019
- William Henry Albert Hedington Memorial Handicap (Class 5)
- 7f 211y,
- 12 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Done well since returning form a break and wasn't beaten far when well supported at Epsom last month; that was a quick reappearance after his win at Salisbury the week before; now 6lb higher but has room to move under a skillful 7lb claimer.
Well handicapped and not much to find given that he has form under the prevailing conditions; so has a good bit in his favour. Worth bearing in mind that he's attracted support the last few times he's raced but also been expensive to follow, though.
Down in class after a couple of solid runs at a higher level; has won with give underfoot and no issues about the trip, so another who will be suited by the state of the ground. Never won from a mark this high before but the ease in grade helps.
Loves this course and has a remarkable strike-rate of over 1-in-3 when racing at Brighton (10-29); he's won over C&D on soft ground so also handles the conditions. Latest run has received a boost; expect a late surge; thereabouts again.
Returned from a 79-day break with a couple of decent efforts in defeat last month but set to face different ground/surface conditions here. He's won on good to soft before but any deterioration would count against him. Well handicapped if coping.
Gone the wrong way after a near miss at Thirsk in August and has a bit to find with Salt Whistle Bay on a literal reading of their encounter at Nottingham earlier in the month; been nudged down 1lb but still a stern test to reverse the placings.
Open to more improvement in handicaps and notably showed a good attitude when winning at Ayr last month; he's only 3lb higher in the weights and has bags of scope for further progress. First try on soft ground but good chance he'll cope; a player.
Made all to win over 7f at this course in June and followed that up with a good second in a 1m2f claimer in France on his penultimate start. Was a well-held last in this grade at Epsom in September, though, and has something to prove over the trip.
Won over 7f (good to soft) here in June and is only 2lb higher in the weights despite an encouraging effort at Epsom last month. Possible that marked a return to form but this longer trip a bit of an unknown. The betting can guide.
C&D winner on soft ground in June but no joy in this grade since; stumbled leaving the stalls here last time so that might be best forgiven. Needs a career best to win from this mark, though.
Won a Class 6 handicap at Salisbury in August and ran with credit twice since - couldn't get to the lead when fourth of just seven in the Silver Cambridgeshire (Class 2) last time out but that was still a solid effort. A danger to all again here.
Was dropped to this grade for his handicap debut when last seen but the gelding was never a threat and is hard to assess on that piece of form; possible he's go more to offer but too much guesswork involved for a recommendation just now.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Owen BurrowsJ: Dane O'Neill|
Thechildren'strust (7/2), Bardo Contiguo (4/1), Pour La Victoire (6/1), Salt Whistle Bay (7/1), Bombastic (8/1), Cuttin' Edge (10/1), Rudy Lewis (12/1), Fortune And Glory (12/1), Global Destination (14/1), Canford's Joy (20/1), Waqt (20/1), Arabian King (25/1)
- Bardo Contiguo
- Pour La Victoire
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