19:00 Newcastle Mon 18 February 2019
Off the track since the 2018 Northumberland Plate Festival when finishing just under 6L seventh of 13 to Solar Flair (C&D); last win came in Listed company in May 2017; watching brief.
Made all at prohibitive odds when winning back-to-back 6f novice contests on Polytrack in early 2018; has continued in reasonably consistent form in handicap company since, albeit appearing to be a shade too high in the weights.
Three-time AW winner (from nine starts), although those wins have come over 5f on Fibresand at Southwell; 7lb higher than when beating Ornate by 3½L in a Class 2 Handicap latest; does stay 6f.
Has thrived over 5f at Gosforth Park in recent times, improving at a rate of knots; difficult to knock his close-up fourth to Encore D'Or in an AW Championships FTQ latest; fine over 6f and goes well for Kieran O'Neill.
Three-time course winner (all over 7f); continues to inch up the weights following a couple of narrow defeats, including by a neck over C&D on his penultimate start; thereabouts.
Lightly-raced on the AW and was keeping on (nearest at the finish) when beaten 1¼L by Outrage over 5f here last month; 4lb better off at the weights with that re-opposing rival tonight; should relish this extra furlong.
3lb higher than when winning at Chelmsford (5f) in December - Class 4; reasonably effective on Fibresand since and should cope okay with the demands of this extra furlong; others more appealing.
Four-time C&D winner (Class 5 and below); 3lb higher than when short-heading the rallying Duke Cosimo on his penultimate start; fairly closely matched with Equiano Springs on more recent form.
Versatile in terms of trip (5f-6f) and has plenty of solid Newcastle form in the book (beat Athollblair Boy by a head over C&D almost exactly 12 months ago - on similar terms); has blown hot and cold recently.
Last Year's Winner
Equiano Springs (4/1), Equitation (4/1), Athollblair Boy (11/2), Outrage (11/2), Moonraker (6/1), Chookie Dunedin (10/1), Bengali Boys (10/1), Visionary (12/1), Danzan (12/1), Oriental Lilly (14/1)
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