19:30 Newcastle Tue 17 September 2019
8lb lower than when winning a Class 4 handicap at Bath (1m, good to firm) last September; in poor form for Stuart Williams this year, and merely made late progress past beaten horses on debut for this trainer at Windsor.
2lb higher than when making all to score over C&D in April; increasingly poor by the race since (7f-1m2f), hence the application of cheekpieces; return to Newcastle is considered a positive move; risky nevertheless.
Won twice here in 2018 (7f-1m), including when landing a touch in the opening race of the 2018 Northumberland Plate Festival; in reasonable shape elsewhere since late July (2,3,1,3,3,8) and can't ever be swiftly dismissed at this track.
Set plenty to do by Joe Fanning when a never dangerous sixth over 1m2f here recently; a course winner (1m-1m2f) on the last two occasions that he has been partnered by Danny Tudhope; rates as a fairly obvious contender.
C&D maiden winner for Mick Easterby in December 2016; placed in a Chester claimer (7½f) in June, but 0-3 since joining Mark Loughnane; easing in the weights with few encouraging signs.
Noble Mission colt; half-brother to three winners, including the 1m2f-1m4f scorer Arch Fire; given connections, he's worth a market check on handicap debut, but essentially was disappointing in a Carlisle novice (1m1f, heavy) five weeks ago.
Newcastle regular, and a force to be reckoned with over this C&D; followed up a July Redcar win (1m, good) with a gritty short-head success here (7f) last month; 3lb higher, but is probably even more effective over tonight's trip; solid credentials.
Nine-race maiden; unfortunately for his connections he appears to be regressive rather than progressive; finished weakly when last of ten at Beverley (7½f, good) 17 days ago; his record on an artificial surface stands at 0-1.
Course regular (three-time C&D winner) who ideally needs to be dropped in front on the line, or as near as possible; runner-up at Pontefract (1m) on his penultimate start; isn't getting any younger but will see plenty of action here this winter.
Mud-lark; won back-to-back races at Yarmouth (7f) and Nottingham (1m+) in June but has paid the price to the handicapper since; still 7lb above his last winning mark on his fourth career AW appearance (0-3 previously).
Took advantage of an ease in grade (Class 6) when seeing off the reliable Scuzeme over 6f here in April; remains 3lb above that winning mark; unlucky in the run when sixth to Insurplus over 7f here latest; finished fifth in the 2016 2000 Guineas.
Just failed to catch Highfaluting in a 1m Class 5 handicap on Polytrack at Kempton four weeks ago; raised 3lb since, and on balance isn't the easiest to win with; has C&D previous with Home Before Dusk (first/second in June); place chance.
Gained his second career win at Hamilton (6f, good to firm) in June 2018. Yet to score on AW but only beaten 1L when third to Castle Quarter (7f) here last month and posted a respectable third of 14 at Carlisle last time; respected from 1lb lower.
Last Year's Winner
Home Before Dusk (4/1), Fiery Mission (9/2), Toro Dorado (13/2), Pickett's Charge (13/2), Cameo Star (10/1), Ghayadh (10/1), Kentuckyconnection (12/1), Armed (18/1), Fitzrovia (22/1), Newmarket Warrior (25/1), Roller (25/1), Tamkeen (25/1), Insurplus (28/1), Tum Tum (33/1)
- Home Before Dusk
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