17:45 Newcastle Fri 9 March 2018
Runner up on both previous visits to Newcastle (AW) until returning from a 17 month break over C&D in January (tailed off). Tongue tied for the first time tonight.
Cheap purchase and only a modicum of promise shown in a 1m6f+ bumper here (on the turf) in December. Will struggle in this type of contest. Flat debut.
Not much to be gleaned from three runs in bumpers but her pedigree screams middle distances on the sand and she may well improve for the switch with time; just not in this type of contest. Flat debut.
Rock Of Gibraltar filly who is evidently no great shakes, but to her credit she's improving with racing. Absent since running at Wetherby in early December, when finishing 5¾L fourth to Kuragina. Flat debut.
First foal by Sixties Icon out of a maiden dam (Outside Art). Didn't build upon a reasonable debut effort at Lingfield (1m2f) when upped to this trip at Wolverhampton last month.
Nathaniel colt who has finished runner up over the extended 1m1f at Wolverhampton the past twice; beaten ½L by Galactic Spirit latest. Stamina to prove, but stable are operating with a 40% overall strike rate at Newcastle.
Well related colt whose dam Everglades was a 1m2f-1m4f winner. Had a couple of fairly quick recent starts, the first of which was much more appealing, coming on Tapeta at Wolverhampton, and finishing a couple of places in front of Banksy's Art.
Unraced fifth foal by Teofilo out of the 1m winner (and Italian Oaks runner up) Wadaat. Cost 30,000 gns as a yearling and is closely related to 7f AW juvenile winner Al Khafji.
Bought for 30,000 gns from John Gosden, and finished runner up on stable debut at Wolverhampton last month (River Glades ¾L back in third). Had plenty of chances, but should be competitive with newly applied aids (tongue tie and cheek-pieces).
Last Year's Winner
Natch (1/2), Heather Lark (9/2), River Glades (5/1), Sexy Beast (10/1), Banksy's Art (14/1), Kings Gold (20/1), Kindler (25/1), Lots Ov (66/1), Wise Coco (100/1)
- Heather Lark
- River Glades
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