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Byron Flyer He’s been on a losing run on the flat since October 2018, but he’s come a long way in the weights and formed better than a bare score when he was seventh in a heated competition in Chester last time.
Serena Brotherton is a positive reservation for the rider in a race of this nature, and the mask is also back for Byron Flyer here, so it might be worth having a chance to reclaim the winning string late.
talented ruler He achieved a useful level of form when he was three years old, doing his best when he was hit with a short header on his last start at Newmarket. It’s been nearly a year now, so obviously not the easiest to train, but he’s been discounted during his absence and may still have more to offer given his undisguised profile. The BHA’s 92 is unlikely to prove his limit to Tom Dascombe’s yard, which keeps rolling (70% of horses run to make it up).
Red Verdon He’s been struggling for shape lately, but he’s been a great server for Ed Dunlop’s yard over the years – and he’s won nine times. He was a former course and distance winner and even won these listed qualifiers when they were staged in Doncaster in 2020.
As a smart performer in his day, he’s taking a big drop in his score here and that can give him the platform to bounce back to his best and resume winning ways.
Skyner He quickly developed into a useful runner this season, ditching the mark on his debut at Doncaster in April and then improving again to follow up at Pontefract two weeks ago.
This was a great performance at Pontefract, which made the run and then sprint at the end of the furlong to easily win 7 lengths. It looks like we’ve only scratched the surface of his ability, so he’ll have a lot of respect here when the handicap debuts – with the inaugural BHA 89 mark attractive as more than fair.
Claim the stars Formed as a fan when he was third on his Ayr debut 10 days ago, he was good to only defeat tall given how green he is under pressure. This model sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, while the small ‘p’ associated with his rating indicates he’s sure to improve with this experience under his belt. This looks like a good chance for him to off the mark on the second try, with Oisin Murphy also booked.
Trinity He rose from emergence again when he was sixth on this course last month, and maintained one pace to pass 5 lengths behind the winner. He’s lost 2lbs in weights since then and will be much more in his comfort zone at this level, competing in the 0-85 handicap for the first time since he put in one of his best efforts here last summer. It’s kind of consistent on the whole and seems sure to make another good account.
Abate It might be the way to go in the end if he builds on the promise of his recent efforts in Nottingham. He helped force the enemy down hard on that occasion and held his mission well under the circumstances only defeating 3 lengths.
The dominant winner was on his only previous start over this course and distance last summer, and he’s now down to the same mark and looks like he has a lot on his side in holding a typical competitive race on Knavesmire.
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