16:30 Kempton Sun 16 February 2020
C&D winner who losing run has now reached 13 starts although on the plus side he's now slipped below his last winning mark. Shaped well enough without any headgear last time (returns now); has run with credit of late, chance in an open race.
Failed to win since recording back-to-back victories in 2018 over 5f at Chelmsford as a 2yo. Consistent enough since then his last two runs have been wide of the mark although he could be excused last time (raced wide, not settle); best watched.
Five-time course winner (four over this trip) he's been campaigned over longer trips of late at up to 1m. Confirmed a return to form last time over 7f here (best effort for a year); ought to be competitive off a mark 10lb below his last winning one.
Produced a career-best and his first AW win over C&D last time at a time when his yard were going really well (ridden closer to the pace than usual). Raised 4lb for that win he'll need to produce further improvement; goes well for rider (2-2 on him).
Generally goes well here with four C&D victories to his name although he's been fairly lightly-raced since his last win here in March 2018 (off 3lb higher mark). Returns from a break (has won when fresh); nicely weighted, hard to ignore.
Two of his three C&D wins came in a purple patch last year forming the last two legs off a hat-trick (just failed to make it a four-timer over C&D). Returned from nine-months off at Newcastle last time; could make an impact if coming on for that run.
Useful handicapper who won here three times last year (twice over C&D) with the latest win coming over 7f off a 3lb lower mark. Not disgraced in two runs since both over 7f after a short break; races prominently, may well be suited by return to 6f.
Completed a hat-trick in early 2019 over 6f/7f (all three wins coming on Tapeta); form gradually tailed off from there apart from the odd bright spot. 0-5 here and well held here over 7f last time; may well be better suited to Tapeta; watching brief.
Course winner over 7f he finally cashed in on a much reduced mark when winning at Goodwood in August. Ran well on a couple of occasions after that and now returns an absence; quirky sort with no great record when fresh, others offer more.
Very lightly-raced for one of his age he only ran twice for Clive Cox without success. Returned to action for this yard after over a year off to score over C&D (showed a good turn of foot); beaten twice in handicaps since but still unexposed.
Last Year's Winner
|T: E De GilesJ: Callum Shepherd|
Busby (3/1), Wiley Post (11/2), Sparkalot (6/1), Treacherous (8/1), Eljaddaaf (8/1), Count Otto (9/1), The Lamplighter (12/1), Prince of Rome (12/1), Venture (12/1), Martineo (20/1)