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Our Dave Ord is hoping to see Rose Of The Moon blossom taking a drop in class at Newcastle this afternoon.
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Rose Of The Moon 2.45 Newcastle
The last time I saw David O'Meara he was joining in an acapella version of Fairytale Of New York in a room above a vibrant London pub. The HWPA jamboree was heading for it's usual messy finish and I remember sitting there thinking, there's a man who's going to win the Carraway Finance Handicap Chase at Newcastle.
Well I didn't - but I do think that today.
He saddles Rose Of The Moon in the £10,000 contest and this represents a significant drop in class for the son of Moonax who looked so promising in winning his first two novice chases last season.
Understandably his sights were raised after those two performance but he came up short in a warm Newbury heat and the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last spring.
His return to action came in the Becher Chase at Aintree and a midfield (tenth) finish there was a perfectly respectable effort in such a taxing race for one so inexperienced.
So returned to park fences, dropped in grade and off a three pound lower mark of 132 he makes plenty of appeal at around 13/2.
Imperial Vic is another who could be better than the assessor's current thinking and he's rated the main danger ahead of Tutchev, who is chasing a four-timer.