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Rex ready to rule at Thirsk


Rex Imperator should appreciate the switch back down to six furlongs in the Farmhouse Cheshire Handicap at Thirsk.

The six-year-old was good enough to win the Stewards' Cup in 2013 but has failed to match that achievement subsequently so his mark has now dwindled from 110 to his current perch of 83.

He was highly tried last term though, running in Group One company on a couple of occasions, but he clearly was not up to that level and connections decided to freshen him up with a move to David O'Meara this season.

Rex Imperator did not really shine in his first couple of outings but he has shown signs of a renaissance, firstly when third over seven furlongs at this track late last month before notching a fair fourth at York, again over that trip, last time out.

Seven furlongs is probably not his optimum distance and he ran out of gas on the Knavesmire after taking a keen hold in the early stages.

A return to six furlongs makes sense here and off his lowest ever mark, Rex Imperator certainly makes plenty of appeal.

Gavlar is the pick in Kempton's 32Red On The App Store Handicap after landing a decent event at Goodwood on his most recent outing.