He was outclassed in the Woodcote but either side of those two efforts he has run well at Brighton, winning in a fair time and then finishing second to a newcomer in a novice auction at the track last time. I think a mark of 72 is fair enough.
He doesn’t look to have much chance if you judge him on his recent efforts. But he made his debut for this stable over an inadequate 1m2f at Chelmsford last time, and the step up to 1m6f, back on turf, off a 2lb lower mark could see him in a much better light. Certainly, he would be very competitive here if returning to the form of his 1m6f York win off just a 2lb lower mark last season.
She proved really progressive last season after joining us from Ed Dunlop, winning three times for me over this trip. She hasn’t really shone in two starts this season but her mark is falling and hopefully she is ready to bounce back to form now.
Boy In The Bar
He comes into this race in great nick and he has run really well on both of his starts at this track, winning one over this trip. He won at Goodwood in May and ran a very good third off a 5lb higher mark at Newmarket recently. He should go well but the fear is that the handicapper may just have him now. He may need a career-best to win this, but it’s possible.
There are two or three progressive horses to fear in here but my horse put a series of poor efforts behind him when fourth at Chester last time. If he improves again then he is definitely on a fair mark, which is 10lb lower than his all-weather level.
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