14:20 Newcastle Tue 15 January 2019
Has won twice at Carlisle since early November (2m1f-2m4f) and clearly appreciates give underfoot; doubly penalised as a result; non-runner at Ayr last week (8th) owing to travel problems; stablemate of Retrace.
Fine looking mare with potential; beaten by a promising type (Highland Hunter) on hurdles debut at Ayr (2m4f) and made no mistake in justifying short odds at Hexham (2m) next time; solid.
Consistent since winning over this trip at Ayr (maiden) in late October; runner-up to Kloud Gate (beaten 7L) at Doncaster latest - with that Gary Moore- trained gelding sent off favourite for Saturday's Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton (finished sixth).
Improving with racing over hurdles and was a decisive 9L winner of a 2m3f Catterick novices' contest (soft) last month; more to do under a penalty against some potentially stronger looking rivals; stablemate of Watching Over.
Bought for £10,000 in April 2018 after being awarded a race by the stewards at Durrow (3m mares' maiden) a few weeks earlier; started 25/1 for rules debut (in a Wetherby bumper); vast improvement required now switched to hurdling.
Showed bits and pieces of form in bumpers for Stuart Crawford, including when finishing behind both Derriana Spirit and Keep The River; sold for £13,000 in October and now goes hurdling for locally-based trainer Simon Waugh.
Stablemate of Hidden Dilemma (also a non-runner at Ayr on the 8th); cost a mere €3,000 as a 3yo and hasn't achieved anything over hurdles so far (0-2) which would suggest that she'll be competitive here; look elsewhere.
Milan mare who won a Lisronagh mares' maiden (3m, soft to heavy) in April 2018; has shown little under rules so far, including when finishing last of five on hurdles debut at Sedgefield.
Stablemate of Sweet Vinetta; half-sister to the 2m3f hurdle winner Vinetta; outpaced from the fifth flight on hurdles debut at Catterick (2m, good to soft) and ultimately well beaten; extra yardage a plus.
Unraced first foal out of the tough 2m6-2m7f hurdle winner Auberge; hooded; surprising if she's anywhere near competitive in this contest, yet probably worth a casual glance in the betting.
Last Year's Winner
Derriana Spirit (6/4), Hidden Dilemma (5/2), Keep The River (3/1), Sweet Vinetta (6/1), Retrace (40/1), Rashee (40/1), Devito'sredrobin (50/1), Shotgun Sally (100/1), Watching Over (100/1), My Shirocco (100/1)
- Derriana Spirit
- Keep The River
- Hidden Dilemma
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