19:25 Newcastle Thu 17 January 2019
In terrific form to close out 2018 landing an AW hat-trick with the latest success the most impressive. Upped 7lb this time which raises the stakes plenty but such is her rate of ascent she could easily overcome that.
In great form although slightly worrying that only unplaced run in her last eight was her lone previous visit here when ninth as favourite. Placed efforts the last twice since Ayr show she remains in good form.
Won first two starts at this course in 2017. Encouraging return here when third two starts back but subsequently disappointing 12th of 14. Bounce back now needed.
C&D winner last week but somewhat surprising connections run here under a 6lb penalty given he is only due a 3lb rise. That decision likely to scupper the bid for a double.
Change of tactics latest brought a dramatic change of fortunes as she bolted up from the front over C&D. Upped a stifling 8lb for that but if similar tactics are used she will likely go well again.
2016 C&D winner winless in 2018 but ran well penultimately when second at Wolverhampton before ending year with a fifth at the same venue. Others more compelling.
1L C&D second on stable debut behind Archimedes a positive effort and meets that rival with 4lb better terms this time round so good chance he turns the tables especially with fitness boosted. Leading contender.
Small field Hamilton winner in August unplaced since and recent efforts here (10th of 14) and at Southwell (last of nine) do little to encourage.
16-time winner but on a lengthy losing streak now and held by several of these on recent form so can comfortably be ruled out at this stage.
3¾L third behind Astraea latest who she now meets on 4lb better terms. Not confident that pull enough to turn the tables so may have to again settle for minor award.
Won just once in 72 starts and that over four years ago. Little impression of late so easy to overlook.
Last Year's Winner
Astraea (3/1), Archimedes (5/1), Steelriver (6/1), Social Butterfly (7/1), Mansfield (7/1), Windforpower (9/1), Cuppacoco (10/1), Royal Mezyan (10/1), Blue Suede (10/1), Liamba (12/1), Grise Lightning (25/1), Spoken Words (200/1)
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