Past Winners » Handsome Dude


… Handsome Dude should also run well.  He is well-drawn in stall 13, and he finished in front of Eccleston in that Thirsk race, he finished second, three and a half lengths behind Naggers, who went very close at Epsom last weekend off a 10lb higher mark when he didn’t have the run of the race.  As well as that, Handsome Dude raced towards the near side from stall 20 that day, he did best of those who raced towards the near side.

The handicapper has raised David Barron’s horse by just 1lb for that run, and that looks more than fair.  He has had plenty of racing, but his last run was up there with the best of his career, and his handicap rating is 6lb lower than his peak and just 2lb higher than the mark off which he won at Newcastle in February.  Add that to his good draw, and that gives him a big chance.