16:50 Wolverhampton Sat 7 December 2019
Rated 9lb lower than when successful for Ron Harris at Kempton (7f) last December but badly out of form since moving on for a mere £600 in March.
Should be competitive off tonight's mark, having won from this perch over C&D (for Ilka Gansera-Leveque) in October 2018; first start since April (249 days ago) but is essentially better than a Class 6 handicapper.
Consistent through October and November, yet sits 6lb above his last winning mark (1m, Kempton) as a result; a keeping on 2¼L third to Roman Spinner on the Polytrack at Lingfield (1m) last Saturday.
Eight-race maiden who continues to plunge down the weights (14lb since introduced to handicapping); raced keenly when a weakening sixth of 11 in a claimer here (1m1½f) two weeks ago.
Justified favouritism on his seasonal reappearance at Brighton (7f, good to firm) in April, but hasn't exactly excelled in stronger races than tonight's (Cl 4-5) since; easing in the handicap; 0-5 on the AW.
Rock Of Gibraltar filly (sister to the 1m-1m2f winner Storm Rock); makes her handicap debut at a realistic level, albeit from a wide draw; beaten less than 2L by Mac Jetes in a C&D novice median auction in September.
His overall form is very much a mixed bag, and consistency doesn't appear to be a core strength; was partnered by Oisin Murphy when winning from a 2lb lower mark at Salisbury (1m, good to soft) in August; another top-jockey is booked tonight.
Evidently is well suited by artificial surfaces with his form figures on synthetics since August reading 3132; won going away from Little Palaver at Kempton (7f) in September; should stay this trip on pedigree; key player.
Relatively strong in the market (3-1) despite a moderate spell of form when not exactly finding the necessary gaps over C&D three weeks ago (seventh of 13 to Roller); it'll come as no surprise if he's positively involved.
Won back-to-back races on turf at Musselburgh (7f-1m) during September, but well short of that form since and is a 13-race AW maiden; is very difficult to enthuse over.
Fairly solid at a low level on turf from August onward; clearly has relished the switch to competing at this track (12); produced by Jack Garritty to win his race over C&D three weeks ago before being run down by Roller; 3lb higher.
Broke his duck over C&D in September (beat Tails I Win by 1½L); reasonably solid on turf since (did have a blip on Fibresand at Southwell); given a short break since finishing second at Musselburgh (7f, soft) in mid-October; 1lb higher.
Finished out with the washing on each of her last two starts, so her trainer has introduced the blinkers in order to seek an upturn in fortunes; 2lb higher than when beating stablemate I Think So by 1L over C&D in August.
Last Year's Winner
|T: I FurtadoJ: P J McDonald|
Star Of Valour (11/4), Decoration Of War (11/4), Gavi Di Gavi (9/2), Weloof (11/2), Dreamseller (8/1), Takeonefortheteam (12/1), He's Our Star (16/1), Profound (20/1), Clem A (25/1), Levanter (40/1), Lagenda (40/1), French Twist (40/1), Kyllachy Dragon (50/1)
- Gavi Di Gavi
- Star Of Valour
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