12:30 Newcastle Fri 15 November 2019
Point winner (3m, yielding) prior to joining Lucinda Russell for £65,000; outclassed over hurdles by Echiquier on seasonal reappearance at Hexham (2m7½f, soft) six weeks ago; ultimately chasing should be his forte.
Displayed minimal promise in bumpers/over hurdles and a watching brief can only be advised now stepping up in trip and switched to fences off a 246-day absence.
Joined Rebecca Menzies for £5,500 in September as a nine-race maiden (formerly with Noel Meade); was out the back throughout when finishing 11th of 12 to Le Frank at Carlisle (2m) last month.
Ayr regular with plenty of experience of jumping fences (0-15); off the same mark as when finishing just over 2L second to Glittering Love in February (Ayr, 3m soft); likely to benefit for a recent run; a possible player.
Capable (if quirky) hurdler; clung on to score by 1L at Wetherby (3m, soft) in March, so these conditions should pose few problems; that said, he does have to jump the fences fluently (chasing debut).
Eight-race maiden; has been let down for his jumping in more recent times, although there was an excuse at Ayr latest (stumbled on landing); it's still early days over fences and this is a modest race; visor applied.
7-45 over hurdles, but is still searching for his first win over fences at the age of eleven; lost his pace from the 12th fence when finishing a distant fourth to Square Viviani at Hexham (3m, heavy) last week.
Didn't excel over hurdles for Sam England but there's the distinct possibility that this ex-Irish pointer can fare better for the switch to chasing; lowly rated (83) in a modest affair; merits a market check on return to the track.
Regressed over hurdles during the early months of the calendar year; the switch to fences coupled with an eight-month break may provide a catalyst for a recovery of form; tongue-tie accompanies a visor.
Eight-race maiden; hasn't kicked on from a fair run (second) at Cartmel (3m1½f) in July; others plenty more appealing.
15-race maiden who tackles the larger obstacles for the very first time in public; 3lb lower than when finishing 7L second to the Rebecca Menzies-trained Emerald Chieftain at Sedgefield (2m5f, good to soft) in January.
17-race maiden (0-9 over fences); finished last of ten to Well Joey at Hexham (2m4f, good to soft) in March; very difficult to consider from outside of the handicap proper.
Last Year's Winner
Cavalry Scout (5/1), Border Victor (5/1), Imperial Prince (5/1), Speak Of The Devil (6/1), Asking For Answers (9/1), Bertie Blake (9/1), Westend Theatre (10/1), Gatacre Street (11/1), Letemgo (12/1), Definite Wisdom (14/1), Bene Regina (16/1), Hard Knocks (20/1), Road Warrior (20/1), Into The Breach (40/1)
- Speak Of The Devil
- Imperial Prince
- Definite Wisdom
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