20:30 Newcastle Fri 11 October 2019
Solid and consistent at this track in recent weeks (without necessarily being the easiest to win with); 3lb higher than when beaten a neck by the unexposed Jalaad over C&D a fortnight ago; has related form lines with a number of tonight's rivals.
Winner of a Wetherby novice (7f, good to soft) in May; low-key on his last couple of starts (5f-6f) and switches to the AW for the first time; untested over 1m, but should stay on pedigree (dam won over this trip); others preferred.
Rock-solid at Newcastle (7f-1m); finished a keeping on fifth (behind Home For Dusk & Armed) on his penultimate start, before hitting the target at odds of 22-1 here (7f) a fortnight ago; a subsequent 3lb rise (to a career high mark) is justifiable.
Generally wins a single race every year (7f-1m) and has slipped back to a more manageable mark; kept on well towards the finish when approximately 1L third to Hammer Gun at Pontefract (1m, good to firm) three weeks ago; possible player.
Nine-race maiden; has built up a frustrating run of form figures (22323) for his connections - travels sweetly, yet is constantly edged out close home; started 6-4f when a close third to Contrast at Lingfield (1m2f) 17 days ago; Newcastle debut.
Newcastle regular (three-time C&D winner) who ideally needs to be dropped in front on the line, or as near as possible; 2lb lower than when finishing second at Pontefract (1m) three starts back; Cieren Fallon is a positive booking.
Winning start for this trainer at Wolverhampton (1m1f+) in January (made the vast majority for a 5L success); kept reasonable form since returning from his summer break, including a staying on third off this mark at Kempton (1m) in early September.
Won a C&D claimer on just his second AW start (last November); also justified favouritism when picking up a low-grade Class 6 handicap at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) a couple of months ago; rather underwhelming in two starts since.
Ten-race maiden; took a positive step when finishing an unlucky in-running fourth to Tum Tum over C&D latest (that race also featured Home Before Dusk, Insurplus and Newmarket Warrior); still low-mileage on the AW (0-2) so can't be discounted.
Runner-up on both previous Newcastle starts (at 6f); broke the duck at short odds in a Brighton maiden (7f, good to firm) in August; struggled to make his mark in a stronger race at Redcar (Class 4) subsequently.
Made all when winning her first two juvenile starts for Mark Johnston (Beverley and Bath); placed in three of her five starts for Ivan Furtado, including when 2L third to Pinnata at Leicester (1m, good); makes her Tapeta debut (0-1 on AW).
Stablemate of Placebo Effect; sits 3lb below his last winning mark (1m1f Musselburgh); regularly placed at Beverley this season, but now forced to venture further afield with the cessation of racing on the Westwood until 2020; others more obvious.
1-28 career and a regular feature on Tapeta at both Newcastle and Wolverhampton; went down by ½L in a three-way tussle with Colonel Slade and Troop over C&D 16 days ago, but that's generally the way; remains feasibly weighted.
Last Year's Winner
|12||Spray The Sea||3||9-9||6/1||Full Result|
|T: R A FaheyJ: T Hamilton|
Home Before Dusk (3/1), Stormbomber (3/1), Armed (15/2), Bollihope (8/1), Carbon Dating (8/1), Destroyer (9/1), Stoney Lane (14/1), Traveller (16/1), Placebo Effect (16/1), Insurplus (20/1), Newmarket Warrior (22/1), Eesha's Smile (25/1), Straight Ash (33/1), So Macho (33/1)
- Home Before Dusk
- Newmarket Warrior
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