14:00 Newcastle Tue 5 March 2019
Has found life tough since introduced to handicapping with his best run coming in novice company at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) in November 2017; back from a short break having undergone wind surgery; wears a tongue-tie.
Well beaten on both starts for this trainer having joined the yard for a mere £800 in December 2018 (formerly with Charlie Longsdon); impossible to enthuse over.
Maiden after 12 starts (eight of those runs came in PTP's); never better than midfield and ultimately weakened to finish 11th of 13 on handicap debut over 3m here (soft) last month; considerably more required.
Disqualified after winning a 3m Belclare PTP (prohibitive substance in sample); out of his depth in three starts in novice company (all over 2m4f at Hexham); could fare better in handicaps, albeit an opening mark of 99 appears harsh.
Demonstrated ability in bumpers, including when runner-up on Tapeta on her previous visit to Newcastle (Feb 2018); plugged on to finish a modest fourth at Fontwell (2m2f) in January; wind surgery/tongue-tied ahead of handicap debut.
Now 0-8 over hurdles and has gradually regressed since finishing 13L third to Canny Style at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) in November; totally unproven over this trip; look elsewhere.
A 30-race maiden (0-21 over hurdles); 2lb higher than when a nearest at the finish third to Flowery at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; the recent rain will aid his cause; stablemate of Porto Du Sud.
Cost £28,000 out of the Irish PTP scene; his initial progress over hurdles was been slow, but he grasped the nettle with a solid staying effort at Ayr (2m5f+, soft) latest; holds every chance off a 5lb higher mark; wears cheekpieces.
Has fallen 10lb in the weights since making his handicap debut at Catterick (3m1f+, good) in November; ran a fair race in defeat at this track (2m6f) in early January; couldn't be totally discounted if the hood helps him to settle better.
Placed in an Irish PTP (3m) in May 2018 but hasn't shown much ability under rules (well beaten by a stablemate latest); the switch to handicapping, a step up in trip and the introduction of cheekpieces are all viewed as potential positives.
12-race maiden; headed when falling three out in the race won by Arctic Road (at Ayr) on his penultimate start; cheekpieces are now applied; wouldn't rate as an obvious winner in waiting.
23-race maiden (0-8 over hurdles); left Shark Hanlon for £2,500 in January and starts off a new life this side of the Irish Sea with a significant upturn in fortunes required in order to prove competitive.
Has done the bulk of his racing in PTP's (0-14) and switches to handicapping for the first time having started at odds of 400/1 at Kelso on his penultimate start; holds very little chance.
Twice a winner on the Flat from 31 starts; hasn't shown any aptitude for hurdling in a variety of spells over obstacles; unlikely to play a part in this contest.
Became disappointing for Keith Dalgleish after winning on the Flat at Catterick (1m4f) in October 2018; sold for £5,500 in January, so possible that a change of scenery will freshen him up (is very much needed); risky.
Well beaten on handicap debut over C&D in December (finished seventh of 11 to Gold Chain); still lightly-raced after making just four starts under rules, although appears to be equally light on ability; stablemate of Warendorf.
Last Year's Winner
Arctic Road (11/4), Oriental Cross (5/1), Warendorf (6/1), Casimir Du Clos (8/1), Mah Mate Bob (17/2), Dulce Panem (12/1), St George's Oval (12/1), Porto Du Sud (12/1), Valkenburg (12/1), Wishing Well (16/1), Capmonfor (20/1), Wor Verge (28/1), Skyhill (33/1), Seapoint (40/1), Stornaway (66/1), Braddan Head (100/1)
- Arctic Road
- Mah Mate Bob
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