20:30 Newcastle Fri 25 October 2019
Strongest at Carlisle and a winner of back-to-back 6f handicaps there during July; has often fluffed the start since, again doing so at Musselburgh (7f, soft) last week when finishing a keeping on second to Forever A Lady; fair chance.
Yet to fulfil his potential (on pedigree); bought cheaply (£2,000) in November 2017; finished a well held handicap debut third to Perfect Swiss (a winner since) over C&D 18 days ago.
Took this race from a similar mark by the narrowest of margins last year (beating Miss Bates); was beaten 8L when finishing fifth of 14 to the handicap blot Perfect Swiss (Rebel State third) over C&D last week.
No win since March 2018 and a very modest 1-25 on the AW overall; that said, his connections will no doubt gain added confidence from the fact he no longer has to face his nemesis Perfect Swiss; realistic place prospects.
More miss than hit since winning a January Lingfield claimer (6f) for Michael Wigham; continues to tumble in the weights - down a staggering 25lb since late January; no signs of an imminent revival; stablemate of Proceeding.
Lowly-rated maiden (0-10); flattered when finishing 5L third to Dawn Delight in a 6f course novice in January; stablemate of the regressive Deeds Not Words.
A three-time course winner (7f) who has been unable to take advantage of a steady slide in the weights despite the overall positive form of trainer Alistair Whillans; makes his first foray into a Class 7 handicap.
Has placed C&D form, albeit is a 16-race AW maiden (5-39 on turf); generally below-par on turf for the vast majority of the calendar year; fairly difficult to fancy.
Low-mileage on the AW (0-6) and has recent related form with the likes of Rebel State and High Fort; couldn't be totally discounted on that basis - also twice placed on turf (at or around 1m) in mid-summer.
Ran his best race to date when finishing a close third to Billy Wedge over 7f here earlier this month (on AW debut); feasibly could be suited by dropping back into a Class 7 handicap, yet this extra furlong does pose an obvious concern.
41-race maiden; 50-1 but wasn't entirely disgraced when fifth of 13 to Billy Wedge (The Retriever third) over 7f here earlier this month; nevertheless, it'll be very surprising if he's the solution to this low-grade handicap.
Gregorian filly with no worthwhile form; returned from a ten-month absence in a Wolverhampton maiden (7f) three weeks ago; makes her handicap debut off a lowly-mark in the basement grade (Class 7).
Last Year's Winner
|1||Silk Mill Blue||4||9-4||12/1||Full Result|
|T: R M WhitakerJ: Phil Dennis|
Rebel State (9/2), The Retriever (5/1), Proceeding (11/2), High Fort (7/1), Snooker Jim (8/1), Tarnhelm (17/2), Gun Case (10/1), Top Offer (10/1), Mr Sundowner (11/1), Silk Mill Blue (12/1), Mr Cool Cash (16/1), Deeds Not Words (20/1), Santana Slew (33/1), Lord Rob (40/1)
- Gun Case
- Rebel State