14:50 Newcastle Tue 15 January 2019

  • Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 98y, Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£4,094.002nd£1,202.003rd£601.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 4.5sOff time:14:51:06
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1
1011-12OR: 107
7/1

Four-time Flat winner (at 1m1f-1m2f); consistent, if unspectacular since switched late to hurdling; finished 11¾L fifth of 12 to Whoshotthesheriff at Ayr (2m, soft) 13-days ago.

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2
Tim Roccoh1,t32
711-12OR: 107
12/1

Former German Flat racer who hasn't looked to be an obvious future hurdles winner for Oliver Greenall (0-3); hood applied for the first time on handicap debut.

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3
511-10OR: 105
5/1

4-6 in French bumpers (1m1f-1m4f) prior to joining James Ewart and made the frame over C&D on his penultimate start when beaten in excess of 10L by Weather Front; far less effective on handicap bow latest; must bounce back.

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4
611-9OR: 104
13/2

17-race maiden on the Flat and now 0-5 over hurdles; excelled himself when finishing a close up fourth to Wot A Shot at Musselburgh (2m, good) last week, albeit possibly flattered by that showing.

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5
511-8OR: 103
10/1

Won his bumper in the mud at Ayr (1m5f+) on debut in November 2017; hasn't progressed since, although didn't run badly behind the talented Buster Valentine at Ayr (2m maiden, heavy) in November 2018; market a guide on handicap debut

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6
811-7OR: 102
12/1

Has struggled to make an impression in heavy winter ground since switched to the care of Nick Alexander; no significant progress in newly applied tongue-tie at Kelso latest (2m6f+); dropped 5lb, down in trip on ground which could suit.

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7
711-4OR: 99
40/1

Poor under rules so far; returns to action from a 238-day absence and straight into a low-level handicap (debut); can't be considered as a likely winner unless the market speaks favourably.

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8
510-13OR: 94BFD
9/4

Flat winner for Henry Candy in 2017 who has taken time to find his feet over hurdles for current connections; went close to following up his December Leicester win (2m, good to firm) when beaten just under 3L by Lastin' Memories here (2m4f) latest.

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9
610-0OR: 81
4/1

Sent off at massive prices on all five hurdles starts so far, including when finishing eighth of 14 at Hexham (2m, good) in November; clearly not the solution despite the presence of Brian Hughes in the saddle.

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10
1010-0OR: 63
100/1

34-race maiden (0-25 over hurdles) who holds no conceivable chance from miles outside of the handicap; look elsewhere with immense confidence.

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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Murchison River (9/4), Farlam King (4/1), Empire De Maulde (5/1), Imperial Focus (13/2), Dark Ruler (7/1), Emissaire (10/1), Tim Rocco (12/1), Eagle Ridge (12/1), Friends In Heaven (40/1), Rapid Fritz (100/1)

Verdict

Another modest contest which with respect to all of those involved isn't really befitting of a Grade 1 jumps track. Murchison River is the form pick after going close in a similar contest here in December, and with the Sam England team among the winners at Kelso on Sunday (Choochoobugaloo) rates as a worthy favourite now dropped back in trip. However, we'll seek some each-way value with the Nick Alexander-trained EAGLE RIDGE. We've not witnessed the best of this 8yo on deep winter ground, but with the benefit of a seasonal reappearance at Kelso banked, a drop back in trip and a slow ease in the weights (5lb), he's a horse of some interest in a very poor race.
  1. Eagle Ridge
  2. Murchison River
  3. Dark Ruler

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F: 12125-1

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Emitom

F: 1-11

T: W Greatrex

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F: 3-31322

T: Jonjo O'Neill

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