17:00 Newcastle Fri 6 December 2019
Support for him in the market when he was fourth to the improving Power Link (who has since gone in again) when fourth at Wolverhampton (6f; standard). Third in the Gosforth Park Cup when last seen at this track in June. Claims for in-form yard.
4lb below the mark he scored off over C&D back in October. Has been running in Meydan/some top-class sprint handicaps since that victory. Been given a 76-day break, and the slight ease in grade could revitalise him.
Tremendously consistent sort who is yet to win since switched to handicaps, but he has been very competitive on each of his starts in this sphere. Well-fancied when third in a slightly higher-grade at Chelmsford (6f; standard) recently. Big chance.
The one in this race who lines up with an element of star quality. Unbeaten in two starts (both of those wins coming over C&D). Now enters the handicap ranks, but could turn out to be a group horse in time. The one to beat.
Followed-up victory over 5f at this track when successful at Wolverhampton (5f; standard) last month. Both of those victories came in a lower grade though, so he has work to do off a mark he has never won off in the past.
Won over 5f at this track at the start of the year before finishing second to Primo's Comet. Not been in the same form since then, but he may have needed the run when down the field here last month on return from a break.
0-3 on the AW but did go close over C&D as a two-year-old last season. Just behind Kupa River over C&D last time out. Could reverse those placings but he has not been in sparkling form this season.
C&D winner who likes it here. Not disgraced when last seen at Lingfield (5f; standard), but the step back up in trip looks the right move. Still 9lb above last winning mark, but the return to this venue could see him run well.
Runner-up to Big Les over 5f at this track last month (who has since gone in again). That was his first ever try at 5f for new stable. Steps back up to 6f now, but he has never really threatened in this grade before.
Unexposed on the AW (only had the three starts on the surface). However, he would need to improve on his recent effort at Newmarket (7f; heavy) when fifth in a slightly lower grade. Has never won off a mark as high as this either.
Two-time course winner over 5f. Posted an excellent effort on his penultimate start when fourth at Goodwood (6f; good to firm) in the Stewards' Cup consolation race. Not as good here last time, but may have needed it after a short break.
This represents a step up in grade, and he proved to be slightly underwhelming when last seen at Windsor (5f; good). Has a bit to prove as he hasn't been seen since that effort which came back in June.
Finished a close-up fifth in a competitive race over C&D last month. This is tougher, but it would be foolish to write him off completely given his mostly consistent record overall in these types of races.
Shed maiden tag two starts ago but that came over further in a lower grade than this at Musselburgh (7f; soft). Still 7l above last winning mark, but he ran better than the finishing position would suggest when fourth at Catterick (6f; heavy).
Last Year's Winner
|6||Royal Prospect||3||8-11||16/1||Full Result|
|T: Miss J A CamachoJ: G Lee|
Heath Charnock (3/1), Commander Han (7/2), Brushwork (13/2), El Hombre (8/1), Glenamoy Lad (8/1), Big Les (10/1), Shallow Hal (14/1), Primo's Comet (22/1), Kupa River (25/1), Howzer Black (25/1), Doc Sportello (25/1), Black Friday (28/1), Fendale (40/1), Glorious Charmer (100/1)
- Heath Charnock
- Glenamoy Lad
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