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He’s dropped down to a very attractive handicap mark and did us a favour a couple of races ago. It was a very strange effort last time when he dropped down to 7 furlongs, but he was never going to get competitive having been posted out wide on the outside the whole way around. He is still reasonably handicapped and confidently holds a class edge in this lineup.
An out-and-out all weather performer, his overall profile suggests that with four occasions from 17 tries, yet is zero from six on the turf. Back at his favourite venue and with a solid 7lb claimer on top, his chance looks pretty obvious from a decent stall position in stall 3.
He loves to front run and may well get out on the front and stay there.
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He is a multiple winner at this venue but has only tasted success away from this track, once. The trainer and owner just feel a change of hands will do him the world of good and there is no denying that he is dangerously well treated on his best form at the moment. Billy Lee takes over again in the saddle having previously won over course and distance and bids to up his 50 per cent strike rate on the old boy.
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John Quinn’s gelding is a very classy sprinter on a going day and this seems to be his preferred venue to produce his best performances. Just watch the first few races on the card and providing that the track is favouring speed horses – he looks a solid option in the sprint division. He is one of those natural, talented, runners who can maintain a strong gallop throughout.
His chances will be enhanced massively if there is a front-running bias on the night.
This race seems to revolve around Secret Victory, but he didn’t achieve a massive amount when winning last time and looks to be harshly treated off a mark of 84, Given his connections and a red-hot jockey he is going to start a short-priced false favourite.
Dylan Hogan is coming towards the end of his 3lb claim and he is a very talented rider and has a good record on the old boy.
He can cause an upset.
David Simcock’s runner can land a quick-fire double for the very talented trainer and looks to be well placed to improve, now going up in distance to two miles. He’s very easy to overlook in the market until you delve into his top performance in the Melrose Stakes at York when only five lengths behind Hamish.
He had a nice pipe-opener at Wolverhampton over an inadequate trip and can now prove a stayer to keep on the right side of this season in what could be a profitable 2021.
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