15:10 Lingfield Fri 14 February 2020
In good form and won well over C&D on his penultimate start. Wasn't beaten in a higher grade last time and dangerous to rule out back here. Career highest mark a slight concern so a betting check could be useful.
Looked a reluctant participant in his first couple of outings but a change of tactics saw him take closer order before he hit the front and ran clear last time out. Up a furlong but pedigree suggests it won't be an issue; a player on handicap debut.
Made all when she got off the mark in a fillies only novice at Leicester in September but downed tools quickly when headed in a valuable Newmarket nursery when last seen. This is a lot easier and no surprise if she bounces back to form.
The trip suits ideally and the Kodiac gelding has a fitness edge on his side. Wasn't beaten far when second over C&D at the start of this month and no surprise if he's in the thick of the action. Has a 3lb higher mark to contend with, though.
Successfully stepped up to 7f in a Class 5 maiden auction here in November and respected on that effort. 2lb worse off with Bendy Spirit on these terms and will do well to uphold the form.
Won a nursery for Richard Hannon but then seemed to lose his way at the back-end of last year. Now a has a bit to prove on debut for a new yard but the positive jockey booking is a bonus.
Shown clear promise in all three starts so far and possible he'll be more like the finished article now he's been gelded. Up in class and trip, so more required but going the right way and interesting to see how he fares on handicap bow.
Won over 6f for Paul George at Leicester last summer but couldn't add to his tally as the Flat season progressed. Plenty to prove on AW debut and introduction for a new yard.
Last Year's Winner
Badri (9/4), Phuket Power (11/4), Odyssey Girl (9/2), Amber Island (5/1), Bendy Spirit (6/1), Cheat (16/1), Zim Baby (20/1), I'm Digby (20/1)
- Amber Island
- Phuket Power