19:00 Newcastle Fri 27 September 2019
Doncaster maiden winner in April since been beaten favourite in novice, handicap and classified contests. Ran poorly at Newmarket in August, looking a hard ride, and opposable for all this is an easier task on paper.
Back to form on second start after wind surgery when runner-up in a 7f handicap at Ascot early this month, but failed to repeat that effort at Doncaster last time. Possible that run came a bit quick, but others more convincing.
Just a maiden win to his name despite his ability, joining this yard from Ger Lyons last month. Ran creditably on penultimate start, but again below form last time, and perhaps not one for maximum faith.
Won a 7½f handicap at Chester in June, but his progressed has levelled out, and he was only seventh of 10 to Calder Prince at Beverley last time. Blinkers reached for now.
Winner twice already this season, including by a neck in a 1m handicap at Ayr (good to firm) in July. Not disgraced next time, but ran badly at Leicester last month, and needs to bounce back from that out-of-character effort.
Front runner who won at Redcar on his return, and just about his best effort since when 3¼L fifth of 14 to Queen's Sargent at Thirsk (7f, good/soft) last time. Needs to step up again.
Won over C&D in June, and belatedly built on that when when 1¾L third of 10 to Give It Some Teddy at Redcar 10 days ago. Will be in the mix with a repeat,
Now 5lb lower than when winning on Tapeta at Wolverhampton in December, and best effort since when short-head second of 10 to Noble Prospector in lady riders event there last time, collared on the line. Shortlist material back under a senior rider.
Gained second win of the year when landing a 4-runner handicap at Lingfield (1m, AW) last month, but just a respectable sixth of 10 at Ascot since, and looks vulnerable off his current mark.
Won a 6f Naas maiden in March for Jim Bolger, but not built on that in two subsequent starts. Perhaps he can get back on track for new connections, but others more convincing.
Now 5lb below last winning mark, but his form has dipped in five starts since a narrow second over hurdles at Sedgefield in May. Hard to fancy after latest flop at Hamilton.
Won over 1¼m here in August, and looked unlucky not to add to his tally when finishing fast for second in race won by Tum Tum here 10 days ago. Drops in trip, which may not be ideal, but comes into the reckoning.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Testa Rossa||8||8-12||9/1||Full Result|
|T: J S GoldieJ: Phil Dennis|
Jalaad (5/1), Home Before Dusk (5/1), Sezim (11/2), Defence Treaty (13/2), Archaeology (9/1), Absolutio (9/1), Robero (12/1), Shawaaheq (14/1), Coastline (14/1), Wild Hope (16/1), Zabeel Star (16/1), Invasion Day (28/1), Western Dawn (66/1)
- Home Before Dusk
- Defence Treaty