18:00 Newcastle Fri 11 October 2019
A useful handicapper in 2017, placed in the John Smith's Cup (1m2f, York) and beaten ½L by Wild Hacked over C&D at the inaugural Newcastle Good Friday fixture (Cl 2); twice placed this year; steadily easing in the weights.
Slowly away and soon struggling in the Lanark Silver Bell at Hamilton (1m4f, heavy), but a winner either side of that poor performance (Ffos Las and Chepstow); 6lb higher than when beating Astromachia by 2½L latest; AW debut.
6lb higher than when winning over 1m2f on Gosforth Park Cup Night here in June; travelled smoothly into contention over C&D last month, yet didn't quite see out the extra yardage in finishing 1¼L third to Lopes Dancer; slightly vulnerable?
139-rated hurdler (3-4); campaigned exclusively on the Flat since returning from a 14-month absence in June; possibly has found an official rating of 84 to be just beyond his capabilities since winning a Ripon novice (1m4f, good to soft) in August.
Productive at this track for Keith Dalgleish (1m2f-1m4f) during the 2017/18 AW Championships season (chased home Karen McLintock's stable star Dubawi Fifty in January 2018); fitness is very much taken on trust; one to monitor for the future.
Thrives at Newcastle; was an emotional winner for Brian Ellison (formerly with Harriet Bethell) over C&D 16 days ago, beating Asian Angel and Autretot by ¾L and ½L respectively; a 4lb rise will make life more challenging; is still to be feared.
Pleasing strike-rate on the AW (4-13); met trouble inside the final furlong and awarded a race by the Wolverhampton stewards (1m4f) in April; returned from a five-month break, running to an equivalent level of form at York (Cl 4) last month.
Handicap debutant; impressive when making all to win a Carlisle novice (1m1f, heavy) in August; turned over at odds-on at Hamilton (1m½f) subsequently, albeit that winner Modakhar could be fairly useful; tackles a new trip on AW debut.
Ran out the winner on his first couple of handicap starts (1m4f, Leicester/Salisbury); perhaps didn't stay the 1m6f trip when seeking the hat-trick at Chelmsford in August; off since (62 days); this race commands a career best.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H PalmerJ: Jack Mitchell|
Paths Of Glory (11/8), Beyond The Clouds (5/1), Mistiroc (7/1), Arabic Culture (8/1), Autretot (8/1), Lopes Dancer (11/1), Global Falcon (14/1), Roman Stone (28/1), Paddyplex (40/1)
- Arabic Culture
- Lopes Dancer
- Paths Of Glory
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