15:55 Newcastle Fri 19 April 2019
- Betway Live Casino Handicap (Class 2)
- 1m 4f 98y,
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Allweather
Progressive colt who performed well at Meydan earlier this year. Makes his AW debut and steps up from 1m2f so has questions to answer. Respected nevertheless.
Hampered when second past the post and awarded this race a year ago. Has to cope with 5lb higher mark, but shaped well on return to action at Kempton and has fair prospects.
Successful three times last year, including twice on the AW at Kempton. On career-high mark and needs to show he can act on this surface, but dangerous to dismiss.
Improved markedly in three starts last season, rounding off with victory in a valuable handicap at Royal Ascot. That form has been franked several times and this Group 2 entrant has to be a player off 8lb higher given he has an AW success on his CV.
Good form in his prime, but has not been sighted since 2017. Handicap mark is fair, but it takes a leap in faith to expect him to win such a competitive race after his lay-off.
Fourth to Island Brave in this race last year, he went close to making a winning reappearance following a long absence when a head second at Kempton recently. Keen enough that day and may be more amenable with the freshness knocked out of him.
Rounded off last season with victory at Wolverhampton and recent return to action at that venue was satisfactory. Career-high mark a cause for concern, but has each-way claims.
Good record of 2-3 on AW surfaces last year, but has not been sighted since finishing down the field on soft ground at Chester in September. Better expected back on the AW with stable going great guns.
Career-best display when comfortably landing a valuable prize at Kempton last time. Up 7lb, but may not have stopped improving and needs to be taken seriously.
Two wins in handicap company, one of them on the AW, last year, but signed off with a disappointing effort at Newmarket. Down 1lb and is better than that, but stable has yet to hit form this season.
Having only his sixth run when winning a 1m2f handicap at this venue in the autumn. Has been gelded and has not run since, but is respected upped in trip off 6lb higher.
Maiden and novice wins were separated by over nine months and he was making his seasonal reappearance and handicap debut after being gelded when fourth of 11 on turf at Leicester earlier this month. Unexposed and enters calculations.
Won twice on turf and was progressive last summer when trained by Luca Cumani. First run for this stable after quite a long absence and AW record is not as good as on grass.
Won three times on turf for this stable after joining the yard last September, but finished last of nine over this C&D on his final start of the year in November. That first AW display leaves him with something to prove.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Island Brave||4||9-1||7/1||Full Result|
|T: Mrs H MainJ: L Morris|
Forbidden Planet (4/1), Big Kitten (6/1), Buzz (6/1), Baghdad (7/1), Desert Fire (7/1), Bartholomeu Dias (11/1), Shailene (11/1), Showroom (14/1), Island Brave (14/1), Al Hamdany (16/1), Ashington (16/1), Lady Bergamot (16/1), Seamour (25/1), Daawy (33/1)
- Big Kitten
- Forbidden Planet
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