A six-time winner in all, the selection’s year-long barren spell resulted in an 8lb decline in the weights and he can now race off a mark of 122 - 3lb lower than when taking this race in 2018. A return to the fray last month at Plumpton in a £31,000 contest after a 133-day break was hardly inspiring but he wasn’t knocked about and stayed on without threatening.
That should have teed up Mister Universum nicely for today’s task and, with his yard in fine form, can run a big race at a nice price.
Mister Universum 1pt ew @ 9-2
NASEE (Yarmouth, 3.45) was a huge disappointment in three runs for Sir Michael Stoute but has since joined Ed Vaughan and was well backed on his stable and handicap bow here 22 days ago. Unfortunately, the gamble went astray as the four-year-old couldn’t go with the winner two furlongs out. He had been off for 188 days and may have just needed the run but he looks a mile and a half horse and gets very nearly that distance today.
Nasee is fancied to step up on that comeback in a lowly handicap.
Nasee 1pt win @ 7-4
Yet to get off the mark in three runs this season, he went desperately close at Chelmsford in mid-April when finishing fast and ran well enough from a wide draw at Thirsk last time.
Coverham now gets optimum conditions and can shade a competitive finale.
Coverham 1pt win @ 10-3
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