17:45 Newcastle Wed 17 October 2018

  • Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Handicap (Class 4)
  • 1m 4f 98y, Standard
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£5,531.002nd£1,646.003rd£823.004th£411.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Allweather
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Winning time:2m 42.84sOff time:17:45:16
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1
(9)
49-10OR: 82D
40/1

Enjoyed a most productive summer with three turf wins (1m3f-1m5f) on the CV; handicap mark rising sharply but continues to run well, beaten only by the all the way winner Multellie at Ripon (1m4f) latest; first AW run since April 2017 (debut).

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2
(12)
59-9OR: 81D
80/1

0-3 at this track in late 2016 (6L runner up in a maiden); below par since winning off this mark at Ripon (1m4f, good to firm) in July, but has the tongue-tie applied tonight which could help aid a recovery.

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3
(4)
39-8OR: 86
9/4

57,000gns yearling; lightly-raced; has to prove that he stays this trip (every chance of doing so on pedigree); 2-2 on the AW, including when justifying favouritism on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (1m1f+) last month; 7lb higher.

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4
(11)
49-8OR: 80D
16/1

Runner up from a 6lb higher mark on his sole C&D start (September 2017), but was in better form back then; disappointing so far in 2018, but could benefit for a recent run at Wolverhampton (his first start for three months).

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5
(10)
49-5OR: 77
7/1

His AW experiences are mainly limited to the Kempton Polytrack; without a win this year, but has run some respectable races in defeat, most notably when beaten just over 1L by Dubawi Prince at Newmarket (1m4f July) in August.

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6
(2)
39-3OR: 81CD
11/4

Progressive filly who maintained her unbeaten record at this track when scorching clear to beat Kings Proctor by 4L over C&D last month; a 7lb rise will make life more difficult, but she's very much one to keep on your side; key player.

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7
(5)
69-3OR: 75C
18/1

Twice a winner here (1m2f), but an eased last of 12 in the Seaton Delaval Handicap (1m) on her last visit in June 2017; continued to regress since, falling 25lb in the weights, so is opposed with stamina also a major concern.

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8
(6)
39-1OR: 79D
25/1

250,000gns yearling; difficult to knock either of his AW performances so far, including when finishing a close up third to Rustang at Wolverhampton (1m4f) 12 days ago; both of his turf wins came on firm ground; chance.

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9
(1)
39-1OR: 79
16/1

420,000gns yearling; winner of a 1m novice on debut at Pontefract in August, he disappointed on soft ground at Carlisle thereafter; better on the AW (1m2f) at Lingfield latest, but wouldn't want to be slowly away on handicap bow from inside berth.

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10
(7)
39-0OR: 78
8/1

300,000gns yearling; stablemate of Thunderbolt Rocks; has raced exclusively on turf since debuting at Chelmsford in September 2017, winning twice over 1m2f on quick ground; higher in the weights with stamina to conclusively prove.

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11
(3)
39-0OR: 78D
40/1

Consistent during the summer with turf wins at Carlisle (1m3f) and Ripon (1m4f); just 1lb above his last winning mark but started at 66/1 when beaten in excess of 4L by Cross My Mind over C&D latest; 0-6 on the AW.

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12
(8)
38-12OR: 76D
9/1

Back from a ten week break when making all to score by almost 3L at Wolverhampton 11 days ago; 5lb higher in the weights in a more competitive race, but worthy of respect now AW proven and as a three-time winner in 2018.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
4Pioneertown38-1015/2Full Result
T: Sir Mark PrescottJ: L Morris

Betting

Forecast

Thunderbolt Rocks (9/4), Cross My Mind (11/4), Rake's Progress (7/1), Gododdin (8/1), Quantatmental (9/1), Hareeq (16/1), Amlad (16/1), Briardale (18/1), Groveman (25/1), Ad Libitum (40/1), Akamanto (40/1), Mutadaffeq (80/1)

Verdict

A competitive contest with plenty of the major southern-based yards represented. Sir Michael Stoute saddles the handicap newcomer Hareeq, who often does himself few favours with a tendency to start tardily, while Hugo Palmer is doubly represented by Gododdin and the more interesting lightly-raced (& AW unbeaten) Thunderbolt Rocks. However, it'll take a brave soul to oppose the Ralph Beckett-trained CROSS MY MIND. This filly has a very likeable attitude, and showed her rivals a clean pair of heels when scooting home by 4L over C&D last month. A 7lb rise in the weights (in a slightly more competitive race) doesn't appear enough to thwart her positive momentum.
  1. Cross My Mind
  2. Groveman
  3. Thunderbolt Rocks

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