Last year’s race
- Winner: Spring Loaded
- Jockey: A Kirby
- Trainer: P W D'Arcy
- Owner: Rowley Racing
- Age: 6 Weight: 9st 7lbs
- Starting Price: 7/1
- Season Form Figures: 9
- Previous Best: 2nd – Class 2 Handicap, York (October 2017)
A £100,000 5f handicap kicks off Saturday’s card which has witnessed a notable upturn in the fortunes of the classier sprinters in the last two years with both Danzeno and Spring Loaded overcoming big weights (9st 10lb and 9st 7lb respectively) and ratings of 100+ in the process.
In fact, last year just five 100+ officially-rated horses faced the starter and they finished 1-3-4-5-8 in a 20-runner handicap. It was a similar outcome in 2017 when 100+ rated horses finished 1-2-3-5 from their eight runners in a 17-runner renewal giving cause to consider perming similarly-rated declarations in a various exacta and trifectas.
Both were also older than the standard winners of leading sprint handicaps aged six. Only five three-year-olds have run but none have hit the frame as yet.
This is only the seventh year so trends are rather thin on the ground but the market has been a good indicator so far with two winning or co-favourites and just winner sent off at bigger than 10/1. In fact, the last four winners were sent off in the front two in the market.
Only Spring Loaded of the winning quartet had ran at Royal Ascot the previous month where he was an eye-catching ninth in the Wokingham on his seasonal debut and he ran out a very ready and well-backed winner in this race on his next start. Danzeno’s previous start was also at Ascot finishing fifth in a Class 2 contest, as is this, and both were successfully dropping back from 6f to 5f.
Apprentices taking off 5lb have won two of the six runnings.
At a glance summary
- Officially rated 100+
- Front pair in the market