Rhys Williams has analysed Tuesday's racing and has one selection at Beverley.
"Cheekpieces go on for the first time today to replace the blinkers that Ugo Gregory has worn in his last 16 starts and that change of headgear could spark him up too."
Slipped to an attractive mark
Ugo Gregory has been beaten a total of 98 lengths in his last three starts but there are reasons to think that he could bounce back today.
On his first start of the season at Doncaster off a 6lb higher mark, he ran well when beaten four lengths after the race didn't pan out ideally for him. He was bumped at the start which left him further back than would likely have been the plan and suffered more interference after a furlong which shuffled him further back through the field.
He found some trouble again at around halfway before being pushed along with two furlongs to go and he stayed on well without ever getting in a position to challenge. The first three home are now rated 10lb, 15lb and 7lb higher while the sixth, a stablemate of Ugo Gregory, won last week off a 2lb lower mark.
It's been downhill for Ugo Gregory since then but there are some reasons for that. His next start was on the fibresand at Southwell and it may be that he simply didn't take to the surface.
He was then a well-backed joint favourite for a class 4 handicap at Haydock in extremely testing conditions and finished fifth but he lost a shoe which may partly explain why he failed to live up to market expectations.
On his most recent start at Pontefract, he was trapped wide and keen early on and hung right on the bends before finishing tailed off.
Given that he hung right last time, this right-handed track should be far more suitable for him and the quicker ground will be no issue for him either so he has the opportunity to bounce back to a level of form more in keeping with his first start of the season. Cheekpieces go on for the first time today to replace the blinkers that Ugo Gregory has worn in his last 16 starts and that change of headgear could spark him up too.
He is drawn widest of all in stall 11 which may not be ideal but I'm not sure there's going to be a particularly big charge for the bend in this race and he can race handily so Tony Hamilton may be able to ease his way across to get a prominent position much nearer the rail before the bend.
It may be that he's simply out of form at the moment for a hidden reason and will run badly again but these circumstances give Ugo Gregory a chance to bounce back off his last winning mark and any 14/1 or bigger appeals.
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