19:15 Newcastle Fri 15 February 2019
Irish import who has shaped well to be placed on both starts over 5f at this venue for current trainer. Long time since he won, but has each-way claims over a longer trip which ought to suit.
Has failed to get his head in front since joining this handler from Mick Channon. Has had wind surgery since last outing in July and is worth a check in the market given his lenient handicap mark.
Fourth start and his first in a handicap when scoring well over C&D last month. Up 5lb, but must surely have improvement in him and looks the one to beat.
In good form in the autumn, winning races at Hamiton and Catterick. Modest AW record, though, and this return to action may be a warm-up for the forthcoming turf season.
Has not won for almost two years, but has attracted support on last two starts and has run respectably, latterly in first-time blinkers which are replaced by cheekpieces. Bit to find on balance.
One win in 19 races and latest efforts have generally been disappointing. Hopes seem to be pinned on first-time blinkers.
Gradually coming to the boil in three starts after a wind operation, latterly when fourth of 10 over 5f at this track. Longer trip no problem and falling rating offers further hope.
Best effort for quite a while when a neck second of 10 over C&D earlier this month. Down another 2lb so certainly has a chance if he can build on that display.
No wins in nine starts and last two runs have not suggested that record is about to change for the better. A hood is fitted in a bid to eke out some improvement.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Highly Focussed||4||9-0||7/1||Full Result|
|T: Mrs A DuffieldJ: F Norton|
Ginger Jam (11/10), Steelriver (11/2), Star Cracker (7/1), Milton Road (8/1), Rockley Point (12/1), Essential (12/1), Queen Of Kalahari (14/1), Lord Cooper (14/1), High Anxiety (50/1)
- Ginger Jam
- Star Cracker
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