18:55 Newcastle Thu 17 January 2019
Five time 6f turf winner showed capabilities for this trip and AW surface latest when a running on 1L second at Chelmsford over 5f. Same mark here under same useful 7lb claimer and should again go close if things drop correctly.
Dual Fibresand winner won on turf at Sandown in the summer over this trip and remained competitive since. Bit more needed than last two sixths overall suggesting handicapper has his measure.
C&D winner in 2017 lost his way this summer after a July success on turf but arrives back on this well liked surface just 1lb higher than last win now so improved effort well possible.
Won his maiden here over 7f and ran best race for a while at Southwell two starts back finishing second at 20/1. Only fifth next there in a smaller field so although not ruled out others are more appealing.
Dual C&D winner last January run solid races here last twice with a second in November followed by a running on close fifth after a slow start. Gets 1lb back and looks highly likely to make a bold bid.
Three-time AW scorer finished behind several rivals over C&D latest and only midfield before that. Looks held by several rivals.
In excellent form this winter winning three times. Second here two starts back before latest sixth here where a behind a couple of these under front-running tactics. Handicapper may now have his measure but remains in good form.
Won just one of 43 career starts and that back in 2013. Last four races all sound efforts including latest fourth here but record means he can only be considered for place purposes.
Currently suffering from seconditis after four straight silver medals. Beaten only ½L here last time out when ahead of several rivals and despite 1lb rise he is weighted to maintain superiority over all of them so claims crystal clear.
Dual winner in March held since but ran solid enough races the last twice on Fibresand. Handicapper easing him back to competitiveness but others appeal more.
Last Year's Winner
Wiff Waff (4/1), Another Angel (5/1), First Excel (6/1), Landing Night (6/1), Red Pike (13/2), Gnaad (8/1), Lord Of The Glen (10/1), Gamesome (14/1), Amazing Grazing (16/1), Gift In Time (20/1), Warrior's Valley (25/1)
- First Excel
- Wiff Waff
- Red Pike
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