Winners have carried between 8-5 and 9-7 with seven between 8-10 and 9-1.
Winners have been rated between 87 and 104 with eight between 87 and 95. Winners have been priced between 10-3 and 33-1 with five in single figures. Two favourites have been successful (one at York) and a further one placed. Eight winners had their preceding start in May, the exceptions in April and June. Eight winners finished in the first three on their preceding start. Winners had run one (1), two (6), three (2) and four (1) times during the current season with six successful. Eight winners had had between four and seven career starts, the exceptions 10 and 12. Eight winners won as a juvenile, none earlier than June. Nine winners had won over at least seven furlongs. None of the winners had finished out of the frame in more than one handicap. The last six winners had all won at least two races.
Gerard Butler: Trains Prince Alzain
A host of lightly raced runners going to post but, somewhat surprisingly, a degree of experience has been key with no recent winner having had as few as three career starts which rules out a number of likely looking types.
Three of the last six winners had their preceding start in the Silver Bowl at Haydock (finishing 1/5/2) and that contest is well represented with the three horses to chase Gabrial home among those lining up while Forest Row was an ante-post gamble for the race prior to being withdrawn due to the ground.
The suggestion, however, is Gerard Butler's Prince Alzain who made the frame in the same handicap at Epsom as 2004 winner Mandobi. That was his first handicap start after two outings at Listed level and he came home strongly having been switched late to suggest that this step up in trip will suit while two recent winners have had winning polytrack form to their names.