Timeform preview an intriguing handicap at Thirsk on Tuesday...
"Suegioo remains with plenty of potential after just 4 career starts, and this bigger field should help him settle back up in trip..."
Noble Alan is a useful hurdler/chaser. Finished strongly when third in a Chester handicap (11f) in June, but found less than looked likely over 2m at York last time. May do better back at this trip.
Tartan Gigha resumed winning ways at Carlisle in June, and in cheekpieces (retained) would have finished closer had he not been hampered at Beverley last month. Not in same form at Haydock last time, though.
Watts Up Son was enterprisingly ridden to get back to winning ways at Carlisle (9f) in June, and again seen to best effect when runner-up at Ayr last month. Turned in a shocker at Ripon last time, though.
Kathleen Frances won 3 handicaps in 2010 and, though on a long losing run, this strong-travelling mare has done little wrong this term. Probably best to ignore opening polytrack effort last month. Blinkers now on.
Suegioo is from a smart middle-distance family, and placed all 3 starts in maidens. Better form when just touched off on handicap bow despite not settling, and he remains with plenty of potential.
Full Speed was well backed when winning 1½m handicap at Newmarket for Alan Swinbank last July, but off 13 months after and well held both runs starting out for new yard.
Tricksofthetrade is a dual bumper winner who showed improved form to get off the mark on Flat at Southwell in February. Has shaped quite well on occasions since and back in handicaps on a fair mark.
Xclaim is clearly not the easiest to train, but off the mark at second attempt for this yard in a 1¼m handicap at Pontefract in July. May well have been amiss given he was beaten miles at Redcar last month.
Maneki Neko was a dual winner in 2010 but lightly raced in recent seasons, making the racetrack just once in 2011 and well held on 2012 return at Catterick last month. Has lots to prove.
Queen's Estate put up an improved effort when making all in 11f heavy-ground handicap at Hamilton in July. Runner-up at Leicester 11 days later, and not seen since being found out in a hot Goodwood handicap last month.
2. Queen's Estate
3. Noble Alan
Timeform Verdict: Suegioo remains with plenty of potential after just 4 career starts, and this bigger field should help him settle back up in trip. Fellow three-year-old Queen's Estate needs considering back in calmer waters, with Noble Alan also of interest.