Tuesday 4 August 2020
Churchill Tyres A Great British Brand Handicap
Class 4 | 1m 100y | Good (Good to Firm in places) | 10 Runners | Turf
Off time: 16:01 | Winning time: 1m 45.48s
Gave a taste of what was to come when second over C&D to a next time out winner on his penultimate start going one better off the same mark next time at Pontefract (1m). Suited by conditions on that occasion, should be able to cope with 4lb rise.
Twice a winner here (once over this trip) he's been capable of some useful form in the past (now slipped back below his last winning mark). Gone backwards from his reappearance in two subsequent runs, well below-par last time at York, doubts remain.
Lightly-raced 3yo (blinkers on first-time), scored twice as a juvenile at up to 1m looking a consistent rather than progressive type. Gelded for reappearance, shaped as if better for the run, returns to turf, likely pace-setter, mark slightly eased.
Dual course winner (7.4f), bounced back to form last time over that trip (beaten a head by Kentuckyconnection) off a mark 3lb below his last winning one. 1lb better off at the weights with his conqueror, stays this far but has never won beyond 7.4f.
C&D winner in a first-time tongue-tie on his most recent start, helped also by a drop in trip and the addition of Cieren Fallon (on board again). Looked in command in winning (beat a previous winner), up 5lb he ought to be a threat once more.
Gained first handicap and so far only success in this sphere at Carlisle (7.8f) last year on soft ground. Nine runs have passed since then without success, proving more miss than hit this year, well below-par last two starts despite fall in weights.
Course winner (7.4f) last time building on a sound run the time before over the same C&D (has looked in good heart this year). Stayed on well to beat Twin Appeal narrowly (slightly worse off now at the weights), slight doubt over trip but has claims.
Yet to win but has shown some fairly useful form placed twice since racing resumed; career-best when third last time at Ayr (1m), allowed run of race. Stuck to the task well, may not get things all own way this time, still worthy of consideration.
Shaped well this year, hitting the frame twice post wind surgery with a strongly-run race suiting her at Pontefract (1m) last time. Third to Dancin Boy last time (came from a long way back), 5lb better off now back on last winning mark, shortlisted.
Three-time course winner (9.9f/7.5f), front-runner, also enjoys Pontefract, failed to shine there last time when unable to lead. Well berthed to take control but could face some pace pressure and has to atone for his last run which creates doubts.
Bottom Bay (5/2), Spiritofthenorth (3/1), Dancin Boy (6/1), Kentuckyconnection (7/1), Twin Appeal (12/1), Dramatic Sands (14/1), Amadeus Grey (16/1), Harvest Day (16/1), Poet's Dawn (18/1), Billy Roberts (25/1)
- Harvest Day
- Bottom Bay
- Dancin Boy