17:30 Newcastle

Monday 29 April 2019

All14:2014:5015:2015:5516:2517:0017:30

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Class 6  |   5f  |   Standard  |   10 Runners  |   Allweather

Weighed In

Off time: 17:32  |   Winning time: 59.77s

1
(6)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: Ben Robinson |  T: B Ellison|  OR: 54
3/1

Infrequent winner (1-17); historically strongest over 6f at this track, albeit is now rated 4lb lower than when finishing a respectable 2½L fourth to Dandy Highwayman here in January.

2
(5)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: C J McGovern |  T: Mrs R Carr|  OR: 52|  D
4/1

Yet to demonstrate a real aptitude for AW racing (0-5). That said, is almost certain to draw benefit from his seasonal reappearance at Chelmsford (5f) 11-days ago; sits on his last winning mark (6f, Thirsk); stablemate of Oriental Splendour.

3
(2)
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: D Nolan |  T: P T Midgley|  OR: 50|  CD
12/1

Difficult to win with nowadays but is undeniably well handicapped; showed up well for much of the race at Southwell recently (before weakening); likely to appreciate the return to Tapeta as a two-time C&D winner; the each-way angle.

4
(4)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: Corey Madden |  T: J S Goldie|  OR: 49|  CD
5/1

Strapping gelding who has his issues with the starting stalls; 3lb higher than when beating Windforpower by a neck over C&D in early September; market can guide on his return from a 194-day absence; stablemate of Star Cracker.

5
(8)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: Harrison Shaw |  T: D Thompson|  OR: 49
20/1

AW maiden (0-9); drops back to a more suitable trip after patently not staying an extended 1m4f here in December; nevertheless, others appear as much more probable candidates.

6
(10)
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: Jonathan Fisher |  T: J R Weymes|  OR: 49|  C|  D
9/1

Veteran of 73-races under rules (7-52 on the AW); campaigned almost exclusively on Fibresand at Southwell so far in 2019 where he finished a head second to Socialites Red (6f) on his penultimate start.

7
(11)
Climaxh131
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Elisha Whittington |  T: W Storey|  OR: 48
66/1

Off the track since October 2016 until returning over C&D last month; falling like a stone in the weights (with good reason); all hopes pinned on the newly-applied hood; look elsewhere confidently.

8
(7)
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: J P Sullivan |  T: Mrs R Carr|  OR: 46|  DWS
5/1

Yet to win on the AW (0-8), but now rated 21lb lower than when beaten just over 1L by the 6/4f Horsforth over C&D in June 2017; one to keep a close eye upon on return form wind surgery; stablemate of Racquet.

9
(9)
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: Phil Dennis |  T: J S Goldie|  OR: 45|  CD
13/2

Placed on no fewer than four occasions over C&D since December 2018, but struggling to regain the winning thread; now 4lb below his last winning mark; stablemate of the strapping Brendan.

10
(3)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: R Havlin |  T: Suzzanne France|  OR: 45
14/1

Nine-race maiden; well beaten on sole previous Newcastle start (C&D); makes no appeal whatsoever despite the presence of newly-applied blinkers.

Non-Runners

11
(1)
Camanche Grey27
Weight: 8-12|  Age: 8
T: Lucinda Egerton  J: Victor Santos
Betting

Forecast

Skyva (3/1), Racquet (4/1), Brendan (5/1), Oriental Splendour (5/1), Star Cracker (13/2), Dream Ally (9/1), Groundworker (12/1), Mountain Of Stars (14/1), Someone Exciting (20/1), Camanche Grey (33/1), Climax (66/1)

Verdict
A poor finale in which plenty can be confidently dismissed with question marks also raised against some of the other more likely candidates, including Brendan (stalls) and Skyva (trip). Groundworker is a perfectly capable horse when at the top of his game, so this dual C&D winner could represent the each-way value in a race where the Ruth Carr-trained duo ORIENTAL SPLENDOUR (first start since wind surgery) and Racquet (on his last winning mark) also make the shortlist.
  1. Oriental Splendour
  2. Groundworker
  3. Racquet
Prize Money
1st:
£3,105.00
2nd:
£924.00
3rd:
£462.00
4th:
£300.00
5th:
£300.00
6th:
£300.00
7th:
£300.00
8th:
£300.00

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