15:00 Newcastle Tue 5 March 2019

  • Border Minstrel Pub Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 98y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner£4,094.002nd£1,202.003rd£601.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 6.8sOff time:15:01:22
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1
1012-3OR: 112D
33/1

Capable performer on his day but has seen very little competitive action since early 2017; 2lb lower than for his comeback run at Ayr (2m, good to soft) in January; any further rainfall would suit.

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2
512-3OR: 112
8/1

Three-time Flat winner (1m-1m3f); kept on from the second last but no match for the winner Kajaki at Sedgefield (2m1f maiden) in October; outclassed at Cheltenham since and this looks far more realistic.

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3
712-3OR: 112D
3/1

Has blossomed over timber since teaming up with 7lb claimer Jason Dixon. Seeks the four-timer following soft/heavy ground wins at Bangor and Uttoxeter (x2); 7lb above her last winning mark; stable flying.

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4
511-12OR: 107BF
22/1

German Flat winner; twice placed in four starts over hurdles for Donald McCain, including on handicap debut when a 7L runner-up to Canny Style at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) in November; off since.

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5
1111-12OR: 107CD
6/1

A 14-time career winner and a flag-bearer for Jonathan Haynes; rediscovered her spark when left unhindered on the front-end at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) 12-days ago; has a 9lb higher mark to contend with.

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6
711-11OR: 106
16/1

Half-brother to the 2m hurdle winner Silent Sun; offered something to work with for the future when upped in trip at Cartmel (2m6f maiden) in June 2018. However, absent since so might just need this run; handicap debut.

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7
711-11OR: 106
11/8

Prolific German Flat winner (up to 1m2f); has taken time to acclimatise on these shores (and over hurdles), but ran well here when third to a subsequent winner in January; carries no penalty for Friday's Doncaster (2m, good) success.

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8
1211-7OR: 102
66/1

Very-lightly raced for his age, albeit a capable performer when fully fit; just touched off by Rhymers Stone at this track (2m4f+, soft) in January 2017; making his first competitive start for 663-days.

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9
911-6OR: 101
11/1

14-race ex-Irish maiden (formerly with Stephen Ryan); regularly placed over this trip on soft ground, so could potentially find a small race somewhere for his new handler; watching brief on first run since August 2018.

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10
911-2OR: 97D
50/1

A three-time hurdles winner for previous connections (Sam Drinkwater and Nigel Twiston-Davies); picked up cheaply (£1,800) from Aytach Sadik in November 2018 and plenty to prove at present.

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11
810-12OR: 93DWS
25/1

Bought for £8,000 after winning a good-ground Hexham seller in May 2018 (for Brian Ellison); has slipped down the weights to a very competitive looking handicap mark; worthy of a degree of respect assuming that recent wind surgery is productive.

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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Tim Rocco (11/8), The Crazed Moon (3/1), Beyondtemptation (6/1), Snookered (8/1), Wild Sam (11/1), Lucky Lucarno (16/1), Promise Of Peace (22/1), Newstart (25/1), Deepsand (33/1), Northandsouth (50/1), Captain Clayton (66/1)

Verdict

One of the most competitive races on today's Newcastle card with valid reasons for staking a claim for many of those declared. An obvious starting point is the four-timer seeking The Crazed Moon who has proved a revelation since teaming up with the 7lb claimer Jason Dixon. She has conditions in her favour and with the Henry Oliver-yard in fine form should go close. Others worthy of a mention are Friday's Doncaster winner Tim Rocco and the relatively unexposed Snookered. However, we'll take each-way aim at a potentially well handicapped horse; NEWSTART. The hope is that recent wind surgery can help to revive the fortunes of this three-time hurdles scorer.
  1. Newstart
  2. The Crazed Moon
  3. Snookered

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F: 1/21412-

T: B Ellison

Pacify

F: 1111

T: Jamie Snowden

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F: 122235-

T: Evan Williams

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F: -

T: B Ellison

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F: 213543

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