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Saturday 11th August

Close Brothers Handicap (Class 3)

Distance: 2m Going: Good To Soft

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There should be a big run in STANLEY, who has developed into a consistent staying handicapper and the recent rain will benefit him.

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Percy's Word
J: Jason Watson
T: Simon Crisford
Form: 316-20
Age: 4
Weight: 10-2
Made an encouraging return from a 264-day break when second at Kempton last month. He failed to build on that effort back on turf at Newbury last time out, however. Needs more to feature in this company.
Best form has been on the AW but ran well at York last season; not last time, though.
J: Shane Kelly
T: Richard Hughes
Form: 1-2412
Age: 5
Weight: 10-0
Has finished out the first four just once in his eleven starts to date. Not beaten far in a competitive handicap at Goodwood last time out. Now two pounds higher but the return to these softer ground conditions should suit him.
Possibly high enough in the weights now but recent rain a bonus.
St Mary's
J: William Cox
T: Andrew Balding
Form: 627552
Age: 5
Weight: 9-13
Losing run is currently at eight, but she hinted that a return to the winner’s enclosure was not far away at Chester last time out. She has been raised a further pound since that effort though, and others look better treated here.
Not well handicapped and William Cox's claim has been employed for last four starts.
J: Tom Queally
T: Richard Spencer
Form: 722112
Age: 8
Weight: 9-11
Has shown some smart form since joining this yard, and he likely found the drop back in trip against him when a beaten favourite at Doncaster last time out. His mark is creeping up, but he is not discounted now back at two miles.
Recent form has been in tiny fields and could find this competitive enough.
Master Archer
J: Frankie Dettori
T: James Fanshawe
Form: 222212
Age: 4
Weight: 9-11
Has a progressive profile but he does tend to bump into one, as shown when second at York last time out. The handicapper has raised him a further two pounds for that effort, so he is now running from a career-high mark.
Runner-up for a ninth time off career-high mark at York; thereabouts once more.
Chocolate Box
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Daniel Mark Loughnane
Form: 3-1430
Age: 4
Weight: 9-10
Currently 0-9 on turf but his best RPR this season came on grass when third at York in May. Yet to run on ground softer than ‘good’, but he cannot be ruled out here if handling these conditions.
Close 3rd over this far at York before struggling in the Northumberland Plate Consolation
Good Time Ahead
J: Paddy Mathers
T: Philip Kirby
Form: -35201
Age: 4
Weight: 9-4
One of the more experienced in this line-up, making his thirty-sixth start today. He returned to the winner’s enclosure when scoring at Chester last time out. Just two pounds higher today, but he would not want ground conditions to deteriorate.
First turf win at 15th attempt when overcoming trouble in running over 1m5f at Chester.
Jam Session
J: P J McDonald
T: Ian Williams
Form: 1456/0
Age: 6
Weight: 8-12
Hasn’t won since landing a one-mile three-and-a-half-furlong maiden at Lingfield back in May 2016. Finished over one-hundred lengths behind the winner in a handicap over that trip at Windsor last time out. Questions to answer here.
Finished tailed off at Windsor in April on first sighting since May 2017.
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1 (1) // Percy's Word
2 (6) // Stanley
3 (4) // St Mary's
4 (7) // Its'afreebee
5 (3) // Master Archer
6 (8) // Chocolate Box
7 (2) // Good Time Ahead
8 (5) // Jam Session
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