Michael Bell’s runner looks absolutely thrown in on his best form, that includes a win at this track off a mark of 82. He has shown very little for this trainer on the turf so far, but coming in off a two-month break off a rating of 54 and Cameron Noble taking off another valuable 3lb, it looks a great opportunity to get his head in front again.
He wasn’t cheap at the sales for this owner Tom Morley, who splashed out £40,000 for him. He didn’t get a quick return for his dollar, but it was a pleasing effort all the same on stable debut at Newcastle. The winner Watchable came out and bolted up again since in a hotter sprint than this at Lingfield.
Knowing how patient a handler his trainer Robert Cowell is – he can be guaranteed to step up on his second start for the squad.
This regular around here is never going to get up to the heady heights that he once was from a ratings point of view – but does look realistically handicapped. He put up his best performance for this team last time when second to a red-hot rival Everyhouronthehour who re-opposes, but definitely had the run of the race last time. James J Doyle takes over in the saddle.
Was a big eye-catcher last time here over 6f, when woefully out-paced and caught the eye late on when not given a hard time when the winning chance had gone. Like a few others in here, he’s definitely got a bit of an upside to him and the return to 7f will suit.
With the combination of a hood and tongue-tie, he looks primed for a big run.
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Aido McGuinness’ runner is another who is not the force of old, when previously trained by Hugo Palmer. He had a triple-digit rating then, but always had a touch of attitude about him. He’s managed to win in blinkers and visor first time, is off a featherweight with just 8st 4lb and is well drawn to get a perfect run from stall three.
Didn’t take the squad too long to work out what was required and he was a good winner for the outfit two starts ago. Forget his last run as he was bumped early on and stumbled quite badly at halfway.
He’s topweight for a reason and we have an experienced pilot on our side, who will need to be at the top of his game to overcome the wide berth, but that is factored into the price.
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