Beckett's Hipster back
on a favourable rating
coral.co.uk Handicap | 1m67y, 3yo | ATR
HIPSTER will bid to put his last two runs behind him and return to the consistent form he showed as a two-year-old.
Trained by Ralph Beckett, he finished almost eight lengths back in third in a three-runner race on his seasonal reappearance at Windsor and didn't perform much better when 11th at Epsom last month.
However, he is stepping down in class and is 2lb lower than Epsom, leaving him in a prime position to strike.
He is now off an official rating of 83, which is the mark off which he was last successful when beating a field of six on the all-weather at Lingfield last season.
"He got himself into a speed war at Epsom and consequently finished well down the field," said Beckett.
"However, he is doing well and is now approaching a mark that he can win off."
Hugo Palmer runs Short Squeeze and said: "He is the easiest horse in the world to train and has stacks of ability. Every time he has run I've expected him to win and I expect him to win this, but it's competitive.
"For some reason he just can't win, but he is showing so much at home, it will come. We have stepped him back in trip, which shouldn't be a problem because he has plenty of speed."
Chepstow good to firm, good in places
Thirsk good, good to soft in places
Kilbeggan good to firm
Hallingham will start a very long price in the 3.00 at Chepstow, but his dam has had only two previous runners at the Welsh track with two separate horses and both won (8-1 and 11-4)
When Godolphin have sent a two-year-old by Dubawi to Wolverhampton in the past three seasons, their form figures have read 212. Wickhambrook in the 3.45 represents the sire.
Since 2011, Tim Easterby has won with ten of the 35 three-year-olds he has sent to handicaps at Wolverhampton. A further five have been placed. Twilight Pearl is of interest in the 2.45.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive