13:20 Newcastle Tue 15 January 2019
Of limited ability on the Flat for Mark Johnston (1m-1m4f) and sold for £4,500 in December; half-brother to various winners including the Flat stayer Makana (1m4f/1m7f); significant improvement required on hurdles/stable bow.
0-3 on the Flat for Mick Channon (7f-1m2f) and off the track since May 2018; with a new trainer now (also saddles Duba Plains); brother to the 2m hurdle winner PC Dixon (also in the care of this trainer).
Rated in the 80's on the Flat and is a four-time winner from 19 starts (mainly over 1m4f); a relatively rare jumps runner for Mark Johnston and an obvious contender if handling the switch to hurdles at this lowly level.
Longstanding Flat maiden for Mick Channon (0-14) and also has had a single run for Tristan Davidson; stablemate of Bow Street Runner; plenty to prove at this trip on hurdles debut.
Placed in a couple of French bumpers (good to soft) and made a fair introduction over hurdles (stable debut) when beaten into third (11L) by Fabianski at Catterick in December; this race represents a reasonable next objective.
Didn't kick on after winning on the Flat at Redcar in October 2017 (1m1f novice, soft). However, is rated in the low 80's in that discipline which makes him a leading player in this contest if handling the switch to hurdling.
Hasn't shown up at all well over hurdles so far (0-2) so the jury is well and truly out as to how much ability she actually possesses; cheekpieces newly applied seeking a swift upturn in fortunes.
Has demonstrated some ability here on the AW this winter (twice placed in modest 1m4f novice contests); novicey on hurdles debut at Doncaster (fifth) with the visor now added in order to provide her with more focus at her hurdles.
Last Year's Winner
Fanzio (2/1), I'm Improving (2/1), Dr Richard Kimble (7/2), Tomorrow's Angel (9/2), Baileys Artist (40/1), Sweet Marmalade (50/1), Duba Plains (50/1), Bow Street Runner (66/1)
- Dr Richard Kimble
- I'm Improving
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