17:25 Newcastle Fri 25 October 2019
Kept on strongly when beating the reopposing Echo by ¾L at Doncaster (1m6½f, good to firm) in June; underwhelming since and the blinkers are finally applied as a result; untested on Tapeta, but Polytrack form figures read (11120).
Fairly consistent without winning this season (1-21 overall); went down narrowly to the ultra-progressive Hereby at Pontefract (1m4f, good) in August; his stamina reserves for 2m and his prowess on the AW remain unanswered.
On the upgrade; runner-up in the Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh (2m) on his penultimate start and never stronger than deep inside the final furlong when powering clear over C&D six days later; 5lb higher; sets the standard for the others to achieve.
A standing dish over 1m4f in the early days of AW racing at Newcastle (2016); has had issues since then (including burst blood vessels); winner of a Class 6 handicap on turf at Yarmouth (1m6f) in May but this is far more competitive; stamina at 2m?
A regular feature in Lanarkshire at Hamilton Park - placed on each of his last three visits to that track, including when beaten a nose by Donnachies Girl (1m4f, heavy) in August; is yet to win on the AW (0-11); others preferred.
Five-race maiden; raced keenly when finishing approximately 9½L behind Anyonecanhaveitall in the Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh (2m); it's difficult to envisage those placings being reversed despite the revised terms (7lb better off).
An improving three-year-old filly with C&D form figures of 21; drew right away inside the final furlong when winning a Class 6 C&D handicap by 6L a fortnight ago; 7lb higher in a stronger race; NR (ground) at Catterick last Saturday.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Sir Mark PrescottJ: L Morris|
Anyonecanhaveitall (5/4), Nataleena (3/1), Doctor Cross (11/2), Echo (6/1), Carbon Dating (10/1), Flash Point (12/1), Swordbill (16/1), The Resdev Way (50/1)
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