19:30 Kempton Fri 29 November 2019
Ex-Irish performer who has improved in four starts for this yard. Won at Chelmsford (6f/7f) twice this month, most recently last Thursday and did so in good style. Has a 6lb penalty but in great heart at the moment and hard to discount.
Been out of form since winning at Bath (5½f) back in June, including when seventh of nine at Wolverhampton (6f) three weeks ago. Has been placed over this trip but his best form is over 5f-6f and is probably best watched for now.
Went close to winning at Newcastle (7f) in August off 1lb lower and didn't get the rub of the green at Wolverhampton (7f) on two starts last month. Too keen when weakening late back at Newcastle recently and still looking for his first win.
In good form earlier in the season, but things have gone awry recently. Another poor effort at Southwell (6f, Fibresand) last time and has only beaten one rival in his last three starts. Other preferred.
Had a good spell a couple of months including a win at Chelmsford (7f) off 2lb lower. Not in the same form the last twice, however, and after a 12L defeat at Lingfield (7f) 10 days ago, she may just have gone off the boil.
Having his third start for this yard, an unexposed three-year-old ran a creditable race at Windsor (1m) last time after missing the break. Not the first time he's done that but his mark has dropped 11lb and this is first Class 6 outing. Interesting.
Caused a 33/1 upset when getting-up on the line over C&D four weeks ago. Up 3lb for that, he had previously been campaigned in France a fair bit and seemed to find life a little easier last time. Not dismissed.
Had been second on seven occasions prior to breaking her duck at the 20th attempts over C&D three weeks ago. Is mostly consistent and with confidence high after getting her head in front, she is likely to play a leading role once again.
Seemed to shape a little better at Chelmsford (7f) and Chester (7½f) after being gelded but reverted to type at Yarmouth (7f, heavy) last time. The ground is a plausible excuse for that run but isn't one to trust.
Back off the same mark as when bouncing back to form at Brighton (7f) four starts ago. Three fair runs in defeat since then and may well have been freshened by a 106-day break. Can be competitive if 100% ready for this return.
Last win came in January 2017 off 24lb higher mark. First start for 10 months when finishing fourth of 10, beaten 2¾L, at Wolverhampton (7f) five weeks ago. Has since left Mick Easterby and any positive market vibes should be noted on stable debut.
First start for 13 months when beaten 5L on handicap debut over 6f here in October. Similar form since when second at Newcastle (6f) and is down 7lb if she can find any improvement after just five runs.
Everything finally came together for her when winning over C&D last month by 3¼L. She made a bold bid in defeat over 6f to follow up the following week but is now a total of 7lb higher and against stronger opposition.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C G CoxJ: A Kirby|
Holiday Magic (4/1), Split Down South (4/1), Violet's Lads (5/1), Rock Boy Grey (6/1), Penarth Pier (10/1), Swissal (10/1), Bullington Boy (10/1), Royal Dynasty (11/1), Sonnet Rose (16/1), Champion Brogie (20/1), French Twist (25/1), Tanqeeb (33/1), Miracle Garden (50/1), Amor Fati (66/1)
- Violet's Lads
- Split Down South
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