18:15 Newcastle Wed 17 October 2018
Hasn't run on the AW since April (0-3), and yet to show any aptitude for synthetics; however, is 18lb lower in the weights, so that's an obvious plus; a stiff 6f trip could suit.
Unable to follow up his game Hamilton win (6f, soft) when dropped back to the minimum trip at Ayr latest, but ran well enough in finishing 4½L second to Honey Gg; AW mark (60) and record (1-23) not so alluring.
Sole win over 6f (Kempton) as a juvenile for Luca Cumani; but essentially became a disappointment for David Barron; first run for John Hodge off a 175-day absence.
Hasn't found any improvement since breaking her duck at Ripon (6f, good to firm) in May; consistent enough at her level, but unlikely that she's ready to make her presence felt on AW debut.
Seven-race maiden; just held off a 6lb higher mark at Carlisle (5f, good to soft) in August; fairly modest AW debut over C&D (novice) latest; riders first experience of Newcastle.
Eight-race maiden; not in the best of form lately and difficult to ascertain his best trip, but he could be aided by a slight drop in the weights and the application of cheekpieces.
Course winner (7f) in January 2017, but has posted mainly moderate efforts since; offered a fraction more to work with over 6f here recently (form franked - second and third have won since), and a 4lb fall is helpful.
Hasn't kept the best of form since finishing second at Lingfield (6f, good to firm) in July, and is yet to fully convince on the AW (0-7); opposed.
19-race maiden; beaten 9L when a 25/1 runner up to 2/11f Romaana at Catterick (7f novice) on her penultimate start.
5f Bath juvenile winner for Richard Hannon in May 2017 (8/13f); has fallen sharply in the weights (21lb) since joining Phil Kirby for 25,000gns in November 2017; finished seventh of 13 to Supaulette over C&D latest (Black Hambleton fifth).
Strapping gelding who returns to the AW after starting slowly over 5f at Ayr last month (finished 14th of 20); 4lb higher than when breaking the maiden over 5f here in September; stays 6f; refused to load here (28/09).
Won three-times on turf for former handler John Quinn, and was off the mark on Tapeta at Wolverhampton (6f) in August when beating John Joiner by 1½L; 5lb higher tonight.
22/1 when finishing eighth of 11 to Twilight on handicap debut at Hamilton (6f, soft) in September; first start on the AW for a County Meath trainer saddling his first ever Newcastle runner.
Stablemate of top-weight Zebulon; hasn't won since August 2017 (6f, Thirsk) and much lower in the weights as a result; slowly away and a keeping on 4L fourth to Sir Derrick at Redcar (6f, good) last month.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Ollie PearsJ: Adam J McNamara|
Zebulon (10/3), Rockley Point (5/1), Brendan (11/2), Ancient Astronaut (13/2), Hermana Santa (12/1), Ganton Par (12/1), Me Before You (12/1), Black Hambleton (16/1), Danish Duke (16/1), Glorious Rocket (20/1), Ocean Temptress (33/1), Campion (40/1), Dominannie (50/1), Invinsible (66/1)
- Black Hambleton
- Ancient Astronaut
- Danish Duke
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