17:10 Newcastle Wed 17 October 2018
Gained his first career win when scoring narrowly over C&D in July (12/1); less effective on turf since, albeit with his latest couple of efforts coming on soft ground over marathon trips at Pontefract.
Half-brother to the winning hurdler Thomas Hobson; up markedly in trip for handicap debut after a trio of modest efforts in AW median auction maidens (1m-1m4f); market a guide.
Well travelled having raced in the UAE for Satish Seemar, and in Ireland for various trainers; 0-4 for Keith Dalgleish and difficult to know whether or not he'll stay this trip; unappealing.
Poor strike-rate (1-33), but regularly competitive for the places at least from this sort of mark; his best recent effort came when finishing just under 2L second to Question of Faith at Catterick (1m6f) in September.
Twice failed to get home over 1m7f on turf at Ayr in June, but her earlier AW form is more pertinent is assessing her chances; 5lb higher than when beating Navajo Star by 1¾L over C&D in February (Class 6).
Ten-race maiden who has filled the frame on his last three AW starts (all over 2m), including when beaten over 4L by a progressive pair at Lingfield last month; rare runner for this trainer at Newcastle (0-2).
Winner for Iain Jardine on heavy ground at Carlisle (1m6f) in September 2017, but didn't kick on in the early part of 2018; 22/1 when finishing ninth of 16 on debut for Jim Goldie at Ayr (1m5f) last week.
Course winner (1m4f); sits on a workable mark assuming that he stays this extra yardage; Southwell winner on his penultimate start, and shaped adequately when a close up fourth to Highway Robber (1m4f+) here last month.
28-race maiden (0-6 on the AW); raced mainly over hurdles of late, but couldn't be dismissed based on his staying on third to Schoolboy Error at Dundalk (1m4f) in April; eye-catching jockey booking; market a guide.
2lb higher than when winning over 1m4f+ here in September (Glasgon 2L back in fourth), but was a beaten favourite on turf at Catterick latest; placed over C&D off a 5lb higher mark in July 2017.
Stablemate of Highway Robber; very low-key since a shock 40/1 second placed finish at Catterick (2m good to firm) in August; 0-6 on the AW, including when a tailed off last of 12 over 1m4f here in September 2017.
27-race maiden; her sole experience of racing on the AW was when finishing ninth of 11 to Banff (Highway Robber third) over C&D in July 2017; unlikely.
12-race maiden; 50/1 and blinkered for AW debut over 1m4f+ here last month when finishing a staying on fifth of 13 to Highway Robber (beaten in excess of 2L).
Six-race maiden with a much discussed official rating of 1; hooded for his first attempt beyond 1m2f; holds very little chance whatsoever.
Last Year's Winner
Forbidding (3/1), Oromo (5/1), Moans Cross (5/1), St Andrews (7/1), Highway Robber (11/1), Glasgon (12/1), Jaycols Star (12/1), Archibelle (14/1), Elite Icon (18/1), Unite The Clans (28/1), Palermo (33/1), Dizoard (40/1), Adrakhan (100/1), No Civil Justice (200/1)
- Highway Robber
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