A field of seven go to post for this 1m 2f handicap at Nottingham on Monday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Winning by an easy six lengths on his latest start, Rotherwick blasted away from Red Rannagh at Lingfield and a three pound rise is unlikely to stop him with conditions again to suit and Luke Morris taking the ride. It’s hard to look past him with all factors in his favour and he’ll likely be chased home by Worlds His Oyster, though that horse is very inconsistent and it’s hard to know what you’ll get on the day.
1 NAYEL – Won a valuable prize at York back in May 2016 but he’s failed to build on that performance since for Richard Hannon, well beaten on four occasions and he was last seen at Haydock beaten around eighteen lengths. Handicap has dropped him a further three pounds back on his last winning mark and he does sport new headgear after a break, but it’s hard to know what mood he’ll be in and there are far more solid chances on this occasion.
2 ROTHERWICK – Five year old who scorched away on his latest start to a six length victory, only needing a hands and heels ride to go clear in comfortable fashion. As a result he’s been raised three pounds and that’s likely to be very lenient as he should be very much capable off a mark of 85 of taking another stylish victory with Luke Morris taking the ride. Conditions will suit and he looks to be the one to beat on the form.
3 LAHAYEB – Took three victories here in 2015 but she missed 2016 and two runs this season for Michael Appleby have shown little to suggest she is going to be take another victory for connections. Alistair Rawlinson claims three pounds which is useful but it’s hard to see her playing a leading role in this given what she has shown previously and although she is back onto her last winning mark, others are readily preferred.
4 STORM KING – Eight year old for David Griffiths who won three starts ago at Chester when putting in a great front running shift and he hasn’t been disgraced on two subsequent runs off a mark, with the bare ninth on both occasions not showing the whole story. He was only beaten by four lengths on his latest start at York after putting in a good front running shift and he remains on the same mark, so another good display would be no surprise. He holds sound each way claims but at least one is likely to swoop on past.
5 RED RANNAGH – Clearly has the raw talent to win a race of this nature but he has been frustrating to follow of late, well beaten by Rotherwick on his start and a turnaround with that rival looks unlikely despite revised terms and the hood being fitted first time. That isn’t to say he isn’t without place claims though, as he clearly has the ability to fill the frame if things go smoothly on this occasion under Fergus Sweeney.
6 WORLDS HIS OYSTER – Inconsistent four year old for John Quinn who returned to form with a good third at Chester when last seen, but he isn’t one to rely on heavily and it would be no surprise to see him in markedly different form this time around. He’s one pound lower this time and clearly stays this trip so a bold showing is likely if he’s on song under Jason Hart, but that cannot be guaranteed and he remains risky at present, so others are preferred.
7 HIGH BAROQUE – Five year old who has struggled in the main in handicap company for Richard Fahey, last seen at Wolverhampton when a well beaten sixth of nine in a 1m 1f event. He now has more on his plate back on turf, though the handicapper has given him a chance by dropping him three pounds and if a break has sharpened him up he wouldn’t be amiss in the placings with conditions to suit.