18:30 Bath 21 Apr 2017

Clifford Hillier Handicap (Class 6) (4YO plus)

Winner £2,264 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: Low

4

1m 3f 144y

Firm (Good to Firm in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
Data quality71%
Position
1 (1)
254128-
iT
Dark blue and red stripes, white sleeves, dark blue armlets (Staverton Owners Group)

Captain George (IRE)  191 (43J) 

b g Bushranger - High Society Girl (Key Of Luck)

6 9-7
63
6 9-7
63

Added to his tally over 13f here in August. Looked in need of his return/hurdling debut at Wincanton (15.3f) last month and he can be expected to be closer to form here.

Added to his tally over 13f here in August. Looked in need of his return/hurdling debut at Wincanton (15.3f) last month and he can be expected to be closer to form here.

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Captain George Score: 359

3
2 (4)
145234
iT
Grey, light blue seams, light blue cap (Boadicea Bloodstock)

Attain 23 

b g Dansili - Achieve (Rainbow Quest)

8 9-7
63 3
8 9-7
63 3

Kept busy on AW of late, registering success at Lingfield (12f) in January. Generally gave his running subsequently, and given he's effective on turf he's considered.

Kept busy on AW of late, registering success at Lingfield (12f) in January. Generally gave his running subsequently, and given he's effective on turf he's considered.

Attain Score: 511

1
3 (2)
09157-P
iT
Light blue, purple armlets (Touchwood Racing)

Lady Rocka 13 

ch f Rock Of Gibraltar - Tap Dance Way (Azamour)

4 9-1 p1
57
4 9-1 p1
57

Successful at Brighton (10f) from 4 lb lower mark last summer for Amanda Perrett. Pulled up on yard/hurdles debut in March, though latest Flat run can be overlooked (saddle slipped). Cheekpieces on.

Successful at Brighton (10f) from 4 lb lower mark last summer for Amanda Perrett. Pulled up on yard/hurdles debut in March, though latest Flat run can be overlooked (saddle slipped). Cheekpieces on.

Lady Rocka Score: 291

4 (3)
614125
iT
Pink, black star, black sleeves, pink stars, pink cap, black stars (Salmon Racing)

Spirit Of The Vale (IRE)  11 

b f Royal Applause - Nesmeh (More Than Ready)

4 9-0 t h
56 2
4 9-0 t h
56 2

Dual winner on AW since the turn of the year and not seen to best effect on turf return at Redcar (10f) 11 days ago. Not one to be writing off.

Dual winner on AW since the turn of the year and not seen to best effect on turf return at Redcar (10f) 11 days ago. Not one to be writing off.

Spirit Of The Vale Score: 403

2
5 (5)
890/750-
iT
Flame, brown sleeves, yellow cap (Mrs S Clapp & Mrs L Sharpe)

Avocadeau (IRE)  207 

b g Lawman - Christmas Cracker (Alhaarth)

6 8-10 p
52
6 8-10 p
52

Course winner who endured a disappointing 2016 campaign for current yard. Break needs to have perked her up from further reduced mark.

Course winner who endured a disappointing 2016 campaign for current yard. Break needs to have perked her up from further reduced mark.

Avocadeau Score: 335

6 (6)
0/0077-0
iT
Orange, black seams, orange cap, black spots (C R Marks (Banbury))

Cockney Boy 16 

ch g Cockney Rebel - Menha (Dubawi)

4 8-9
51 3
4 8-9
51 3

Struggled in handful of starts last term and fared no better on AW return earlier this month. Handicapper further relinquished his grip

Struggled in handful of starts last term and fared no better on AW return earlier this month. Handicapper further relinquished his grip

Cockney Boy Score: 353

4
7 (7)
927454
iT
Black, yellow braces, sleeves and cap (Flood Family Racing Limited)

Cold Fusion (IRE)  13 

b f Frozen Power - Tuscania (Woodman)

4 8-8 v
50
4 8-8 v
50

Losing run mounting up, although application of a first-time visor saw her make more of an impact when 1 length fourth at Wolverhampton (12f) 2 weeks ago. Needs to replicate that back on turf.

Losing run mounting up, although application of a first-time visor saw her make more of an impact when 1 length fourth at Wolverhampton (12f) 2 weeks ago. Needs to replicate that back on turf.

Cold Fusion Score: 344

Verdict

Attain has been knocking on the door when campaigned around this trip on the all-weather recently and appears a sensible starting point, though he's seemingly vulnerable for win purposes. It might be worth chancing CAPTAIN GEORGE, who is 6lb higher than when striking over C&D last year but ran well off an intermediate mark in September and has had a recent blowout over hurdles. Lady Rocka is worth a market check now cheekpieces are applied.

Verdict

ATTAIN is able to race off a lower mark back on turf, and having acquitted himself with plenty of credit on AW since the turn of the year, he gets the nod. Spirit of The Vale and Captain George head up the dangers.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Soft 13 Beausant 1 4 9 4 63 77524-7 22 days G Baker (34 miles) S Drowne 17/2 2:42.83
2015 Firm 12 Elysian Fields 2 4 9 6 65 6471 122 days Mrs A Perrett (106 miles) P Dobbs 3/1 2:31.41
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