12:20 Newcastle Sat 30 November 2019
Very well-treated over fences from a mark of 120 if able to recapture the form shown for Ruth Jefferson at Haydock (2m3f, good) in May 2018; plausible excuses last season (with the then troubled Donald McCain); market helpful.
Useful hurdler (and dual Newcastle bumper scorer); arguably hasn't fulfilled his potential over fences - rated 6lb lower than when finishing third to Skipthescales on chasing debut here (3m) last December; made mistakes on Kelso comeback run.
Won on chasing debut at Catterick (2m3f, good) last November, but things have gone rather pear-shaped since (0-5); further eased in the weights for seasonal reappearance and is a heavy ground course hurdles scorer (at 2m).
Returned to form with back-to-back wins over 3m in Market Rasen and Hexham in August/September (on good ground); flaky since, including over hurdles at Aintree (3m, soft) latest; others make considerably more appeal.
Best served by a test of stamina on soft ground (a 2m4f Hexham novice hurdle winner) and has always looked to be a future chaser; thankfully rose from a heavy fall (was beaten at the time) at Kelso three weeks ago; cheekpieces now applied.
6-26 over fences but has generally struggled for form since finishing second to Willie Boy at Wetherby (2m3½f, good to soft) on Boxing Day - now sits 10lb below his last winning mark; stablemate of Robbing The Prey.
Took time to get his act together over hurdles although admittedly was on the up in that sphere in early 2019; flashed his tail when in full control on chasing debut at Carlisle (2m5f, heavy) in March; is now rated 9lb higher.
Effective at this track; travelled smoothly into contention and delivered the goods over C&D (heavy) a fortnight ago - beat My Manekineko by 2¾L; there's no obvious reason as to why he shouldn't run well off a 4lb higher mark.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A M ThomsonJ: Sean Quinlan|
Western Rules (11/4), Charlie Snow Angel (7/2), Reverant Cust (11/2), Stoney Rover (6/1), Up Helly Aa King (6/1), Oak Vintage (10/1), Robbing The Prey (11/1), What's The Scoop (12/1), King Golan (22/1)
- Robbing The Prey
- Up Helly Aa King
- Charlie Snow Angel
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