17:00 Newcastle Mon 18 February 2019
Unable to follow up his Wolverhampton win over C&D latest; beaten when hampered by the winner at the furlong pole (would've finished second but for that interference).
4lb higher than when beating today's rival Nevada by ½L over C&D on his penultimate start; not so effective over 1m6f at Wolverhampton since; fairly lightly-raced for his age.
Caught close home by Belabour (beaten ½L) over C&D last month and renews rivalry on marginally better terms despite a 3lb hike in the weights; possible there's more to come on the AW, albeit does need to fully prove that he stays 1m4f.
Dual purpose performer in Ireland with Joseph O'Brien, and made a winning start for this stable over hurdles at Ayr (2m3f+, soft) 12-days ago; 3-25 on the Flat (turf) - tries an artificial surface for the first time tonight.
Eight-race maiden who hasn't possessed the required pace in order to be involved in 7f contests on turf; 0-3 on the AW at Lingfield but shaped as if this extra yardage is worth trying when finishing fifth to Narjes (1m2f) last month.
Fair AW performer (5-35) who is now 10lb lower than when making the frame behind Trautmaan over C&D in October; that said, no real joy in a claimer at Wolverhampton latest (fourth) so others make more appeal.
Returns from a brief foray over hurdles (unseated his rider at the first at Wetherby in January) in newly-applied headgear; sole win over 1m back in September 2017 (Redcar); others would hold more obvious claims.
Took advantage of a slide in the weights when springing a 25/1 surprise in a Class 7 handicap over C&D on his penultimate start (beat Hugoigo by 2¼L); on the premises off this mark at Wolverhampton (1m4f) latest.
Godolphin cast-off who isn't the most straightforward. However, despite being a 16-race maiden, he's finished runner-up over C&D on three occasions and will find a race eventually; ran well behind Royal Cosmic latest considering he blew the start.
1-16 on the AW - beat today's rival Good Man by ¾L over C&D in September 2018; has raced over further since (stays) but truthfully this 1m4f trip suits best; work to do with Splash of Verve and Hugoigo.
Irish raider; 11-race maiden; beaten a neck by Dolphin Village over this trip at Wolverhampton two weeks ago (Splash Of Verve a close-up fourth); noteworthy with rider Martin Dwyer a rare visitor to this track (4-12; 33%).
13-race maiden who has found the minor place money on each of his last three starts, with C&D form-lines closely associated with plenty of today's rivals; more required; stablemate of Elite Icon.
0-9 on the AW and plenty of improvement is required in order to reverse placings with the likes of Good Man, Hugoigo and Tetradrachm on the basis of recent C&D form; stablemate of Hugoigo.
15-race maiden (0-7 on the AW) and arrives badly out of sorts; quickly dismissed.
Last Year's Winner
Camile (10/3), Nevada (4/1), Tetradrachm (6/1), Splash Of Verve (9/1), Good Man (9/1), Belabour (12/1), Quite Subunctious (14/1), Hugoigo (16/1), Hussar Ballad (18/1), Ripley (22/1), Highway Robber (25/1), Echo (33/1), Elite Icon (33/1), Prince Consort (100/1)
- Quite Subunctious
- Good Man
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