Saturday 15th September
Read Josephine Gordon Blog At unibet.co.uk/blog Handicap (Class 3)
Distance: 1m 6f 87y Going: Soft Channel:
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The ground was good when NIGHT OF GLORY posted decent efforts here in May, and today's forecast slower surface is a likely plus.
Night Of Glory
Ended a long-standing losing sequence when scoring at Pontefract in June over 2m 2f, not disgraced at York behind Stormin Tom last time. Still well treated off this mark on past exploits, but he's extremely difficult to catch right.
Ended long losing run three starts ago; might not be far away but others more compelling
|28 Jul 18||York||2m 0.5f GS||3Hc||9-7||4/7||Davy's Dilemma (4½L)||10/1||89||91|
|30 Jun 18||Newcastle (AW)||2m 0.5f St/Slw||2Hc||9-4||8/19||Cosmelli (13L)||25/1||91||85|
|24 Jun 18||Pontefract||2m 2f GF||4Hc||9-8 p||1/7||Becky The Thatcher (1¼L)||7/2||86||94|
|11 May 18||Chester||2m 2.5f Gd||2Hc||8-13 p||4/16||Look My Way (1¾L)||10/1||85||90|
|14 Apr 18||Wolverhampton (AW)||1m 6f St||3Hc||8-12 p||9/11||Ocean Of Love (6L)||14/1||86||85|
|20 Mar 18||Newcastle (AW)||2m 0.5f St||2Hc||9-3 p||4/6||American Gigolo (2L)||28/1||87||91|
Looked very promising in 2016 but has lost his way since, failing to place in ten runs since his latest success. Limited positives to take from his runs for his new yard and with his best form over shorter, stamina doubts remain.
Question marks about form and stamina; plenty to prove in a first-time visor
|31 Aug 18||Hamilton||1m 4f GS||3Hc||9-5 p||9/15||Archi's Affaire (6¼L)||12/1||90||87|
|18 Aug 18||Newmarket (July)||1m 4f Gd||2Hc||9-1 p||5/6||Saunter (11½L)||14/1||96||87|
|5 May 18||Newmarket||1m 1f Gd||2Hc||8-10 p||15/16||Oasis Charm (52L)||33/1||95||1|
|23 Sep 17||Newbury||1m 2f Gd||2Hc||9-6 p||19/19||Brorocco (21L)||20/1||100||68|
|26 Aug 17||York||1m 2.5f Gd||2Hc||9-5 p1||18/20||Eddystone Rock (26L)||10/1||100||59|
|1 Aug 17||Goodwood||1m 2f Gd||2Hc||9-3||11/16||Fabricate (5¾L)||16/1||101||99|
Just the one win from eleven turf starts, finishing midfield over 1m 5f at this venue in May. Not seen since, but he's gone well fresh previously and will love today's softer ground. Yard flying, not without chance.
Two fair runs here when last seen in May; today's forecast slower ground could be ideal
|26 May 18||Chester||1m 5.5f Gd||3Hc||9-2 p||6/12||Star Of The East (5½L)||8/1||89||90|
|11 May 18||Chester||2m 2.5f Gd||2Hc||8-13 p||6/16||Look My Way (6½L)||16/1||91||92|
|31 Mar 18||Musselburgh||1m 6f Hy||2Hc||8-6 p||11/13||Brandon Castle (76L)||8/1||92||-|
|15 Feb 18||Fontwell||2m 1.5f Hy||44yH||10-12||1/5||Kapdad (nk)||EvensF||122||116|
|25 Jan 18||Warwick||2m Hy||44yH||10-12||3/8||Mister Chow (7¼L)||13/8F||-||116|
|5 Jan 18||Kempton (AW)||1m 4f St/Slw||5Nv||9-9 p||1/4||Firmage Burg (2L)||30/100F||92||84|
Had been enjoying an extremely consistent, fruitful season prior to finding Class 2 company too tough at York last time. This is obviously much easier, but he does still sit on a career-high mark and will have competition for the lead.
Flopped at York latest but in Class 2; in fine form in Class 3/4 handicaps previously
|22 Aug 18||York||2m 0.5f GF||2Hc||8-9||12/16||Here And Now (32L)||16/1||87||61|
|13 Aug 18||Ripon||1m 6f Gd||4Hc||9-2||1/9||Chebsey Beau (2L)||100/30F||80||89|
|7 Aug 18||Catterick||1m 6f GF||4Hc||9-9||2/7||Sea Youmzain (¾L)||7/2C||80||85|
|28 Jul 18||York||2m 0.5f GS||3Hc||8-10||2/7||Davy's Dilemma (1¾L)||7/2||78||83|
|17 Jul 18||Beverley||2m GF||4Hc||9-6||1/5||Gabrial's King (2¼L)||11/4||73||81|
|11 Jul 18||Catterick||2m GF||4Hc||9-3||2/7||Airton (nk)||13/2||73||79|
Has now fallen to a very dangerous mark, but he's fallen from grace this year and has been well beaten in three runs. He has beaten one rival home from a possible thirty-two on his last two starts, so it's easy to look elsewhere.
Reduced mark appeals on best 2017 but well beaten on last two runs in April/May
|11 May 18||Chester||2m 2.5f Gd||2Hc||8-11 b||16/16||Look My Way (69L)||40/1||88||19|
|21 Apr 18||Thirsk||1m 4f GS||3Hc||9-7 b||15/16||Starplex (12½L)||40/1||88||75|
|2 Feb 18||Lingfield (AW)||2m St||2||9-0||4/6||Watersmeet (10L)||33/1||90||88|
|4 Aug 17||Galway||2m Sft||HcH||10-12||12/12||Top Othe Ra (34L)||25/1||119||96|
|31 Jul 17||Galway||2m 1f Y||Hc||11-7 v||19/20||Whiskey Sour (50L)||33/1||95||46|
|1 Jul 17||Curragh||2m Gd||Hc||9-11 b||7/15||Three Kingdoms (8¾L)||8/1||95||90|
Yet to go beyond the 1m 2f trip, finishing a staying on fourth over that trip in a soft ground Epsom handicap three weeks ago. Shapes as though he'll relish this extra mileage and that could prompt a lot of extra progress.
Stayed on really well over 1m2f; no surprise if the big jump up in trip bears fruit
|27 Aug 18||Epsom||1m 2f Sft||3Hc||9-9||4/7||Zzoro (4¾L)||25/1||84||82|
|11 Jun 18||Windsor||1m 2f GF||4Hc||9-9 b1||7/7||Rotherwick (9L)||25/1||87||78|
|18 May 18||Newmarket||1m 2f GF||3Hc||9-6||7/9||Guns Of Leros (17L)||10/1||88||63|
|29 Sep 17||Newmarket||1m 1f GS||2Hc||9-10||15/16||Addeybb (17½L)||33/1||89||62|
|26 Aug 17||Goodwood||1m 1f Gd||3Hc||9-13||4/12||Mountain Hunter (4L)||16/1||89||92|
|19 Jul 17||Sandown||1m Gd||3Hc||9-8||3/5||Make Time (6¼L)||5/1||89||91|
Last seen finishing a fair fourth at this venue over a furlong further, beaten three lengths. Up in grade today and does need a bit extra to be winning at this level. That said, softer ground should suit and he stays very well.
Fair fourth here a fortnight ago; could be thereabouts but does need to find a bit extra
|1 Sep 18||Chester||2m Gd||4Hc||9-9||4/7||Master Archer (4L)||2/1F||80||83|
|2 Aug 18||Galway||2m Sft||HcH||10-10||12/20||Sharjah (16½L)||14/1||135||130|
|13 Jul 18||Newmarket (July)||1m 6f GF||2Hc||8-3||6/7||Hamada (11L)||12/1||82||81|
|13 Apr 18||Aintree||2m 4f Sft||HcHG3||10-12||6/19||Jester Jet (4½L)||25/1||136||135|
|10 Feb 18||Newbury||2m 0.5f Sft||HcHG3||11-5||18/24||Kalashnikov (70L)||50/1||141||82|
|19 Nov 17||Cheltenham||2m 0.5f Sft||HcHG3||10-6||8/13||Elgin (16L)||40/1||143||134|
The poor runs this year massively outweigh the one decent effort, which came when still well held at this venue in May. Continues to slide down the weights, but the yard is quiet and he's likely to struggle once again.
Fair run here in May and now 8lb lower, but hard to recommend him given subsequent form
|17 Aug 18||Nottingham||1m 6f Gd||3Hc||9-1 p||9/9||Island Brave (132L)||10/1||80||-|
|10 Jun 18||Goodwood||2m GF||3Hc||9-2||5/9||Mancini (9½L)||11/1||82||82|
|26 May 18||Goodwood||1m 6f Gd||2Hc||8-2||8/8||Platitude (5¾L)||17/2||86||84|
|11 May 18||Chester||1m 4.5f Gd||4Hc||9-4 p||6/10||Star Of The East (3½L)||10/1||86||87|
|25 Apr 18||Epsom||1m 4f Gd||3Hc||9-0||10/13||Royal Line (14½L)||50/1||88||77|
|3 Dec 16||Sandown||2m GS||HcHL||10-3 p||6/10||Brain Power (15½L)||10/1||126||126|
Course winner on a long losing sequence, placed off two pounds lower at Newcastle in June. Very good run over hurdles at Cartmel last month, will be suited by a stamina test in softer ground. Live claims for an in-form trainer.
Course winner; ran well on latest Flat start and likewise over hurdles last time; player
|25 Aug 18||Cartmel||2m 1f GS||4HcH||12-0||2/9||Xpo Universel (1¼L)||11/4F||107||108|
|5 Aug 18||Galway||2m 0.5f Gd/Y||HcH||11-0 p1||F/20||Castlehume ()||12/1||104||-|
|30 Jun 18||Newcastle (AW)||1m 4.5f St/Slw||4Hc||8-11||3/13||Belisa (2½L)||16/1||73||79|
|16 Jun 18||York||1m 4f GF||3Hc||9-10||10/12||Mister Belvedere (16½L)||33/1||76||58|
|26 May 18||Cartmel||2m 1f Gd||3HcH||11-0||3/9||Applesandpierres (19½L)||3/1F||110||102|
|21 Apr 18||Ayr||2m 4.5f Gd||3HcH||10-5 b1||7/13||Cool Mix (32L)||9/1||114||94|
Finally back to winning ways when taking a Salisbury handicap last month, making all at a modest gallop in a lower grade. Now four pounds higher and won't be allowed to dictate his quiet fractions here; looks vulnerable.
Salisbury win may have boosted his confidence but he had the run of the race in front
|24 Aug 18||Salisbury||1m 6f Gd||5Hc||9-8||1/10||Sufi (¾L)||15/8F||69||75|
|17 Aug 18||Nottingham||1m 6f Gd||3Hc||8-9||4/9||Island Brave (3¾L)||14/1||74||77|
|28 Jul 18||Ascot||1m 4f GF||3Hc||8-2||5/8||Koeman (5¼L)||20/1||70||70|
|5 Jul 18||Epsom||1m 4f GF||4Hc||9-4||2/7||Tapis Libre (1L)||7/2||69||75|
|18 Jun 18||Nottingham||1m 6f GF||5Hc||9-4||2/8||Bailarico (¾L)||3/1||67||73|
|4 Jun 18||Windsor||1m 3.5f Gd||4Hc||8-9||5/10||What A Welcome (3¼L)||16/1||68||70|