AJYAALL couldn’t justify short odds, but looked unlucky when second at this course last month. He was always on the back foot after rearing as the stalls opened, doing well under the circumstances to finish as close as he did.
Still with plenty to do entering the straight, he put in a strong late run but ran out of time to catch the all-the-way winner – ultimately going down by just half a length. He probably would have been an emphatic winner if getting away on terms, so it will be disappointing if he can’t make amends this time. Further improvement should be on the cards now stepping up to a mile.
CHARLIE FELLOWES took a step forward in first-time cheekpieces to belatedly get off the mark at Beverley last time. He hit the front three furlongs out and quickly leaving his rivals behind, ultimately winning by seven lengths. That didn’t look a strong race on paper, though the fourth has won since and the timefigure provides plenty of substance, with Charlie Fellowes clocking the fastest time of the three races over course and distance during the afternoon.
That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, so he is fancied to defy a penalty to follow up under William Buick. He has an impressive 38% strike rate at Wolverhampton in recent seasons.
MYSTERY MAC stepped up on his previous efforts when fifth at Salisbury last time, making some headway entering the closing stages before his effort flattened out. That run qualified him for handicaps, and he may have been underestimated by an opening mark of 59 – dropping into a class 6 over the longest trip he has tackled yet.
He should have a bigger performance in the locker and rates a solid each-way option in a race lacking strength in depth, representing a trainer in Hughie Morrison who is known for bringing his horses along slowly.
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