18:00 Newcastle Wed 1 March 2017
Possibly pulled too hard for his own good when only eighth of 11 behind Inaam over this C&D last month. Had previously been a decisive C&D winner in late January from a 5lb lower mark, so possibly not too wise to write him off easily, with his trainer set to saddle three of these 13 runners.
A three time winner from nine AW starts, but hasn't raced on synthetics since February 2016, with the market the best guide to his chances tonight. Off the track since running over hurdles at Perth in June 2016, but he's no stranger to Tapeta (Wolverhampton) if ready.
Has generally run well at this track since the turn of the year, without looking the most obvious future winner. Boasts a fair career record on the AW, and his recent third over 7f to Mehdi in a classified stakes, did suggest that he's worth another go at this trip (1m), despite generally having under-performed over it during his younger years.
Classy performer back in the day, but on a long losing run, and now 0 from 5 on the AW having disappointed in the main since finishing second here in a C&D Classified Stakes in October 2016.
Very effective over this trip, and backed up a good (never nearer) third to Pickett's Charge in January with a ¾L success from A Boy Named Sue over C&D last month. Now 4lb higher for that success with a former champion jockey taking over in the saddle tonight, is likely to make a bold bid to follow up from a decent draw.
Twice a winner on turf, but remains an AW maiden after seven starts on synthetics (finished fourth from a 2lb lower mark over 1m2f here in June 2016). Raced consistently on turf during June and July 2016, but returns having been off the track since October with both career successes coming over 7f.
Was making his stable debut last time at Southwell when always towards the rear and finishing seventh of eight to Zoravan over this trip. This race represents just his fourth start in handicap company (was lightly raced by his previous trainer Marco Botti), and he's now dropped a further 4lb for that Southwell effort.
Appeared well below par on both her starts last month (back from a short break), and is most likely better over 7f. However, she returns to the same mark (65) that she finished ¾L second to Cabal from at this track (7f) in June 2016 and is a capable performer on her day.
A two-time winner over this trip at Chelmsford during 2016 (most recently from a 2lb lower mark in October) who bounced back from a rare off day when a midfield (never dangerous) sixth of 11 last time at the Essex venue in mid February. Can do better than both his previous visits to this track over this more suitable trip.
C&D winner (claimer) who has struggled in handicap company here since November 2016. Now aged 12, he finished last of eight on his most recent start, and is likely to toil again.
Has been the absolute model of consistency at this track since springing a 25/1 C&D shock in November 2016, and not at all troubled the past twice when dropped back to 7f. She landed a course 7f apprentices handicap for this rider early last month, and is 4lb higher tonight with this return to 1m probably a positive if anything. Looks primed for another big run.
Last Year's Winner
Pickett's Charge (4/1), Chiswick Bey (9/2), Table Manners (13/2), Yulong Xiongba (7/1), Outlaw Torn (7/1), Foie Gras (15/2), Green Howard (8/1), Archipeligo (11/1), Jubilee Brig (12/1), Pacommand (18/1), Kiwi Bay (25/1), Hydrant (25/1), Cabal (50/1)
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