15:20 Newcastle Tue 15 January 2019
Well beaten here on his penultimate start with the 2m4f trip most likely responsible, but has a pleasing overall record over fences (7-25); narrowly beaten by Midnight Chilli at Catterick (2m, soft) latest; now 2lb higher; strong claims.
Useful front-runner in his prime but is just about eligible for his pension now at the age of 13; well beaten by Jet Master in a veterans race here (2m4f) in November and again by the progressive Manwell at Catterick (2m3f) on New Years Day.
Gifted the race when Las Tunas (a winner since) crashed out at the second last at Ayr in early January; the handicapper has used the common sense approach with no weights rise; has C&D winning form, but ideally might require softer ground.
Still a maiden after 17 attempts, although in all fairness remains relatively unexposed over fences (0-2); 2lb lower than when beaten 13L by Djarkevi at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) latest; others much preferred.
4lb higher than when making all in virtually unraceable ground over C&D in April; has left Rebecca Menzies since (£6,000) with the suspicion that form doesn't really stack up as being strong; soon beaten (last) on recent stable bow at Hexham.
Last Year's Winner
Halcyon Days (9/4), Mumgos Debut (5/2), Budarri (5/2), Brave Spartacus (5/1), Black Kettle (9/1)
- Halcyon Days
- Mumgos Debut
- Brave Spartacus
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