17:15 Newcastle Fri 9 November 2018
Took advantage of a drop in class to bolt up over C&D last month. The handicapper has had his say though with an 8lb hike in the weights.
1m4f Listed winner in Ireland in 2017, but current connections are struggling to find the key to him. Blinkers yielded some gains last time and the stiffer mile here may deliver more.
Three of his four wins have come in this grade and he showed an appreciation for this surface last time. Now needs to prove he stays this far.
Former Pattern class performer showed he retained some ability in better company than this at Goodwood in August. Disappointing since including when dropped into this grade last time and cheekpieces tried here.
Has looked in the handicapper's grip on last two starts and sole previous run here yielded a below-par effort.
C&D winner who has failed to match those efforts on turf this year. Probably found 1m2f too far on soft ground last time and he should show a lot more this time.
Took this two years ago and was runner-up 12 months ago. Goes well for this rider and should get the decent pace she requires.
Honest sort whose three victories have come off marks in the 77-79 range. Stays 1m2f so this stiff mile will suit and signs recently the yard may be putting a bad summer behind them.
Demonstrated placed form in bumpers, and was a highly creditable 2L third to Midi over 1m2f (novice) here on Flat debut in August. Fourth here over 1m4f a month ago and may find this trip too short.
Showed first signs of a return to form following wind surgery when a C&D third last month off his last winning mark. Hard to dismiss.
Both victories have been gained at this trip but they came more than two years ago. Lacked a change of gear when backed over 7f last time and only a matter of time before he drops to a mark he can exploit.
3-18 on turf, but has found life hard going since scoring over 1m on soft ground at Pontefract in October 2017. Appeared to handle this surface on latest start and drops another 3lb in the weights.
Blighted a solid AW record when raised to his current mark last time. Has too much to find on that form to be considered.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Pouvoir Magique||3||9-5||5/2||Full Result|
|T: J H M GosdenJ: R Havlin|
Alfred Richardson (2/1), Grandee (5/1), First Flight (8/1), Black Isle Boy (9/1), Elusive Heights (12/1), Truth Or Dare (14/1), Destroyer (16/1), Pioneering (16/1), Nicholas T (18/1), Trevithick (22/1), Alexandrakollontai (28/1), Poet's Dawn (33/1), Forewarning (40/1), Street Poet (50/1)
- First Flight
- Elusive Heights
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