16:05 Southwell Tue 5 November 2019
1-19 career; sole win came for Sophie Smith in a Class 6 lady amateur's handicap at Redcar (1m2f, soft) last autumn (6L winner); kept ticking over this season, slowly slipping back to a more manageable mark; is untested on Fibresand.
Won for Jim Goldie at Hamilton (1m1f, good to firm) in June and has solid historic form at this track (mainly for Ian Jardine); beaten 4L by Gas Monkey on debut for Mick Appleby at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in August; not as strong since.
Veteran; no win since June 2018 (occasionally placed); posted a solid front-running shift when beaten 1L by Jan De Heem in a similar amateur riders' contest at Catterick (1m6f, good to firm) 56 days ago; 2lb higher; 1-3 AW.
Travelled supremely well throughout when rediscovering the winning thread at Newcastle (1m4f) a fortnight ago; met trouble in the run when a beaten odds-on favourite at Wolverhampton subsequently; 6lb higher.
26-race maiden (0-12 on the Flat); has left the care of Gordon Elliott since finishing 8L third of five to Chocolat Noir in a 3m handicap hurdle at Perth (heavy) in September; others boast far stronger credentials.
Has won just once in 37 starts (over 1m3½f (soft) at Yarmouth in September 2017); shaped encouragingly when a 28-1 runner-up to Blyton Lass over 1m4f here on her penultimate start; has failed to back up since at Chelmsford.
Like Seventil has a poor career strike-rate (1-37); has continued to ease in the weights since leaving the care of Peter Bowen; it's difficult to ascertain exactly how much he has too offer on the Flat; safer to look elsewhere.
Shown definite improvement since switched to Fibresand (21); just 1lb higher than when beating Cape Agulhas by ½L (Keith third) over 1m4f latest (in a Class 6 classified stakes); it's possible that there's more improvement to come in blinkers.
Maiden (0-9); wasn't beaten all that far by the reopposing Risk Mitigation on his penultimate start (1m4f), yet folded worryingly tamely over C&D (5-4f) a week later and is essentially difficult to fancy on that evidence.
Last Year's Winner
Restive (11/4), Risk Mitigation (7/2), Mamdood (4/1), Grandscape (6/1), Keith (6/1), Seventii (16/1), Duke Of Yorkshire (20/1), General Allenby (25/1), Viscount Wilson (50/1)
- Risk Mitigation
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