20:15 Newcastle Wed 17 October 2018
Consistent lately; made the frame in each of his last two starts at Redcar (1m), including when beaten just 1½L in a Class 2 handicap behind Give It Some Teddy latest.
Thrived since landing a touch over C&D in June, with his subsequent form figures reading 112; 4lb higher than when beaten ½L by Ladies First in a 7f York Apprentices Handicap (good to soft) in September.
Took full advantage of a falling mark when recording a sixth C&D win last month, but never competitive (off 4lb higher) in a muddling race here last week; still handily treated and always worthy of respect at this track.
Form figures on the AW in 2018 read 222211; absent since beating Sir Lancelott by 3¼L at Wolverhampton (1m+) in April; 5lb higher tonight.
Perfectly capable at this track when on song (finished 4L third to Little Jo over C&D on his penultimate start - form solid), but arguably isn't wholly reliable; held by Testa Rossa.
6lb lower than when scoring over 1m at Pontefract (good) in the spring of 2017; back in better form from this mark at Ripon last time, but with AW prowess to prove.
Third and beaten just under 2L by Mudawwan over 7f here last month; 4lb better off tonight, but disappointing back on turf at Ripon since (6f) and has to conclusively prove his stamina reserves over a stiff mile.
Hasn't won since September 2017, when notching the second of his two Hamilton wins (over an extended mile on soft ground); handicap mark feasible and goes well for David Nolan; AW debut.
Formerly with Richard Fahey (and a three-time winner between 7f and 1m); untested on the AW and probably needed the race when finishing last of 13 on stable debut (50/1) at Ayr (7f) 15 days ago; other days ahead.
Last Year's Winner
Pickett's Charge (2/1), Billy Roberts (11/4), Field Gun (11/4), Alfred Richardson (7/2), Testa Rossa (5/1), Mudawwan (7/1), Amood (12/1), Street Poet (12/1), Fleetfoot Jack (14/1), Muatadel (25/1), Invermere (100/1)
- Pickett's Charge
- Testa Rossa
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