Heather Main’s runner in the listed race at Newmarket this week is the nine-year-old Island Brave. Oisin Murphy will take the ride on the runner, who has won five from 33 career starts on the turf.
This will be his return to the track, as he was last seen at the start of December finishing fifth of 13 over two miles on the all-weather at Kempton. His latest start on the turf came in this race 12 months ago, but he finished last of five, and eleven lengths behind Nate The Great.
Island Brave is without a win in eight efforts in stakes company, and this appears a challenging task to see that trend come to an end.