15:50 Newcastle Tue 15 January 2019
Strongest at Sedgefield - a four-time winner there over 2m1f; falling down the weights to a more attractive mark although surely rates as vulnerable over this 2m6f trip.
Irish raider who enjoyed a hectic festive period, winning over fences (2m4f) at Down Royal on Boxing Day and running well enough over an extended 2m5f at Tramore on New Years Day; 0-7 over hurdles.
Well backed when landing a gamble at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in November 2017; off for 13-months thereafter and well beaten on both subsequent starts for new owners Jennifer Hill and Samantha Toomes.
Seven-race maiden (0-5 over timber); has had wind surgery since pulling up at Southwell in December (2m4f+), so all hopes for a positive racing future seemingly rest upon the outcome of that operation.
Very infrequent winner (2-74 career); runner-up in a Cartmel Beginners' Chase (2m5f, soft) in July 2017 and seldom seen in competitive action since; rates as highly unlikely despite a plunging hurdles handicap mark.
No superstar, but by Milan she stays well and was a comfortable winner in first-time cheekpieces at Ayr (2m5f, good to soft) last week; escapes a penalty for that conditional jockeys' win so tough to oppose in the very capable hands of Tom Hamilton.
Sedgefield specialist (six-time winner at the County Durham venue) who is in a steady decline in his advancing years; difficult to be anything other than pessimistic about his chances.
13-race maiden who appears to be fairly short on natural ability; ran adequately over C&D here earlier in the month when finishing sixth of ten (40/1) to Petite Ganache; look elsewhere.
Last Year's Winner
Magic Of Milan (4/7), Allduckornodinner (7/2), Wig Wam Wiggle (5/1), Dark And Dangerous (14/1), Millrose Bell (16/1), Birch Bank (20/1), Sendiym (33/1), Noble Call (40/1)
- Magic Of Milan
- Birch Bank
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