15:15 Newcastle Fri 6 December 2019
Easily possesses the most likeable profile in this race, given he is the only runner who is reliably consistent. Regained the winning thread with a strong-staying performance at Wolverhampton (1m4f; standard) 10 days ago. Not yet fully exposed.
Holds a modest strike rate of just 1-28. Sole career win came over 1m2f at this track back in February. 13lb below that mark now and a return to form looked on the cards prior to his recent disappointment at Wolverhampton (1m1f; standard).
Tends to run well at this track, and it would be wise to forgive his latest below-par effort over C&D when last seen. Was placed over C&D twice before that, and should be able to bounce back.
Couldn't back up recent encouraging C&D run when dropped back in trip last month. Now returns to 1m4f, and needs to prove that was no fluke given his inconsistent profile. Place claims if able to do so.
Winless in 12 starts. Impossible to make a case for him given the defeats he has suffered recently, including over 1m2f here last time out. Failed to beat a single rival twice before that. Readily opposed.
C&D winner at the end of October. Unable to follow that up when turned out quickly to avoid a penalty at Wolverhampton (1m4f; standard). Has gone onto post a pair of worse efforts in defeat last month.
Yet to win either on the flat or over jumps. However, his recent runner-up effort to Herm (who has since gone in again) at Wolverhampton (1m4f; standard) last month gives him solid claims if he is able to reproduce that form.
Ground may have been to blame when he posted a below-par effort at Musselburgh (1m5f; soft) when 13th of 14. Went close over C&D last year off higher marks than this one. Place claims as he drops back slightly in trip.
0-17 overall. More promising fourth over 1m at this track last month was let down by an underwhelming effort at Lingfield (1m2f; standard) just eight days ago. Work to do upped a further two furlongs in trip.
Has fallen 23lb in the handicap this season in seven starts. Steps back up to 1m4f which he ran over when sixth two starts ago. Latest effort was much less encouraging when 11th of 12 at Chelmsford (1m; standard). Hard to place any faith in him.
Just behind Imperial Focus over C&D on his penultimate start. Took a backwards step at Southwell (1m4f; standard) last month though. Dropped 31lb below his last winning mark, but the return to this surface offers a glimmer of hope.
Makes return from 137-day break. Last seen when tailed off at Cartmel (2m1f; soft) over hurdles in July. Previous effort under this code the time before that was poor. Questions to answer on return to action.
Has now dropped 1lb below the mark he scored off at Wolverhampton (1m4f; standard) in February. Steps back up to that trip now after a handful of subsequently disappointing efforts. Inconsistent profile is quite unattractive.
Irish-raider who is 0-9 and is yet to show much enthusiasm in short career so far. Difficult to recommend after failing to improve for the switch to handicaps this season. Watching brief advised unless market suggests otherwise.
Last Year's Winner
Accessor (3/1), Hooflepuff (7/2), Spark Of War (15/2), Thawry (8/1), Mamdood (8/1), Sulafaat (14/1), High Glory (14/1), Sunhill Lad (16/1), Nearly There (20/1), Imperial Focus (22/1), Gworn (33/1), Dolphin Village (40/1), Anchises (66/1), Clayton Hall (100/1)
- Sunhill Lad
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