15:55 Newcastle Mon 29 April 2019

  • Border Minstrel Handicap (Class 4)
  • 1m 2f 42y, Standard
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£5,531.002nd£1,646.003rd£823.004th£411.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Allweather
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Winning time:2m 10.64sOff time:15:55:15
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1
(9)
59-7OR: 85
14/1

Ex Aidan O'Brien; absent since racing at Hamilton Park (1m4f) in May 2018; has made just the three AW starts for local trainer Karen McLintock, easing a combined total of 7lb in the weights; difficult to assess on return to action.

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2
(2)
79-5OR: 83CD
16/1

Stablemate of Diodorus; made a positive impression over hurdles at Carlisle in the early weeks of the 2018/19 jumps season; lightly-raced since, finishing over 13L fifth to Grandee on return to action over C&D 18-days ago.

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3
(7)
49-4OR: 82
8/1

AW debutante; 2-12 on turf with both of those wins coming over the 7½f trip on the Westwood at Beverley; with Bryan Smart when finishing down the field at Royal Ascot in 2018 (1m Britannia Handicap); easing in the weights for his new trainer.

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4
(8)
49-4OR: 82BF
11/4

Made a winning debut at odds of 9/2 over 1m at Ayr (good to firm) in June 2018; consistent since (1m-1m2f), albeit soon outpaced when finishing almost 8L third to Grandee over C&D latest.

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5
(6)
79-2OR: 80D
16/1

Returned from a lengthy absence around this time in 2018, standing plenty of racing since (16 starts); falling in the weights and this race looks far less competitive than on seasonal reappearance (1m4f, Thirsk); of some interest at a price.

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6
(1)
49-2OR: 80
14/1

1m Windsor novice winner for Hugo Palmer (May 2018); ran well on debut for Jim Goldie at Doncaster recently when finishing a keeping on 40/1 second to Stonific (1m2f); holds similar claims to Addis Ababa and Zabeel Star judged upon C&D form.

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7
(4)
49-1OR: 79
4/1

Lightly-raced; finished third over the extended mile in a Wolverhampton novice (5/6f) last month; tailed-off on handicap debut at Newbury (1m2f); needs to bounce back at a more realistic level.

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8
(3)
49-0OR: 78D
16/1

1m2f Salisbury debut winner (fillies' novice) for Charles Hills in May 2018; sold for 8,000gns in December 2018; close-up third on stable debut over C&D (novice); failed to progress on handicap debut at Haydock on Saturday.

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9
(5)
48-11OR: 75C
9/4

Progressive since joining Heather Main from John Gosden for 17,000gns in July 2018; career best when a deserving winner of a Class 5 handicap (2/1f) over the straight mile here in December; 4lb higher over a new trip.

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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Merweb (9/4), Addis Ababa (11/4), Harbour Breeze (4/1), Alfa McGuire (8/1), Employer (14/1), Diodorus (14/1), Zabeel Star (16/1), Tamreer (16/1), Super Kid (16/1)

Verdict

An open race without a standout contender with the likes of Addis Ababa, Employer and Zabeel Star all closely matched on the evidence of a recent C&D clash, whilst the top-weight Diodorous looks difficult to assess. It's entirely possible that the progressive Merweb can continue to thrive for Heather Main and cope with both a step up in trip and grade, but at the forecast odds we'll take a real chance on the Tim Easterby-trained 7yo SUPER KID. He made his seasonal reappearance in a very competitive 1m4f handicap at Thirsk (wasn't disgraced at odds of 50/1) and could make the most of a downward-spiralling handicap mark imminently.
  1. Super Kid
  2. Merweb
  3. Addis Ababa

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