Will Kinsey feels Gwladys Street is on a competitive mark as the seven-year-old bids to open his account over fences in the Marriott Handicap Chase at Newcastle.
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A dual winner over hurdles last season, Gwladys Street had an unfortunate experience first time over fences, but has fared much better with placed efforts in his two subsequent starts.
"He was unlucky first time out over fences this year at Carlisle where he fell at the fence at the bottom of the hill. They took it out at the next meeting as there was a lot of trouble at that fence," said the Cheshire handler.
"He managed to sustain a cut to his face and had to have stitches, so then we just took him locally to Bangor to get him jumping and he's got a second and a third.
"We think he's on a competitive mark. He's run well on soft, heavy ground before. Hopefully he will progress and have a chance.
"He's 3lb lower now than what he was when he started out. He was 109 over hurdles and we always thought he'd be a better horse over fences. Hopefully he's starting to learn his game."
War On has been placed in both his starts over fences on this track so far this season and trainer Chris Grant is looking for another decent show.
"He's had two runs for us. We was third and then second there last time," said the County Durham handler.
"He jumps well and he stays well. Hopefully he'll run all right. It's a handicap so he's running off his rightful mark. I'm hoping he'll run all right."