18:30 Newcastle Fri 6 December 2019

  • Bombardier 'March To Your Own Drum' Handicap (Class 5)
  • 7f 14y, Standard
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£3,429.002nd£1,020.003rd£510.004th£400.005th£400.006th£400.007th£400.008th£400.00
  • Surface: Allweather
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Winning time:1m 28.12sOff time:18:33:47
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(10)
59-7OR: 75BFD
7/4

Has the look of one who is building up to a win having run well the last twice here over 1m travelling easily both times (raced freely last time). Equally at home over 7f, drops back to a 0-75; has to be high on the shortlist given his recent form.

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2
(13)
39-7OR: 75C
12/1

A reduced mark, a return to sprinting and a Tapeta debut appear to be some of the catalysts behind her return to form over 6f here last time. Not always the most consistent, she's nudged up 3lb for another try over 7f, 0-6 beyond 6f.

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3
(1)
39-6OR: 74
40/1

£9,000 purchase from Dermot Weld; makes his stable/AW debut having had just three starts in his career. Failed to progress from his debut (which has worked out well) over 7f, interesting to see what he produces on handicap debut, note a market move.

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4
(12)
39-4OR: 72D
28/1

Underperformed on her AW (Polytrack) debut recently returning from a break over 1m. Now tries a different synthetic surface dropped 2lb in the handicap and back to 7f (cheekpieces on for the first-time), something to prove for now.

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5
(9)
49-4OR: 72D
22/1

Three-time turf winner this year over 6f-7f who has fairly limited AW experience (0-3); below form last time when trying Fibresand for the first time. Cheekpieces used last time are retained here; runs off her last winning mark again, more needed.

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6
(14)
79-2OR: 70CD
7/1

Produced his best effort of the season when winning over C&D last time off just a 1lb higher mark than his previous win. Nudged up 3lb for that victory he should remain competitive although he's not been the most consistent in the past.

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7
(7)
69-2OR: 70CD
10/1

Put a below-par 1m Newcastle effort firmly behind him when returned to 7f here to record his second win of the year (both at Newcastle). Rated a lot higher in the past, returns from a short break still on a very fair mark; one of the leading lights.

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8
(5)
49-1OR: 69D
10/1

Back to some sort of form when third last time producing a performance on a par with his last winning effort at Carlisle (7f, heavy) in August. Ought to be able to make his presence felt at this level and off this sort of mark with the hood retained.

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9
(6)
49-0OR: 68
40/1

AW debut having fallen markedly in the weights of late (last win came off 81) but he's shown little sign of taking advantage and has to also prove himself at this 7f trip. Took a strong hold (did too much) in blinkers last time (removed here).

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10
(4)
39-0OR: 68C
33/1

Course winner over 6f but one who is now staring at a long losing sequence despite dropping in the weights. Ran poorly last time over 6f here with a hood on for the first time; that headgear is now removed and replaced with more usual cheekpieces.

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11
(11)
59-0OR: 68CD
11/1

In much better form around the turn of the year landing three races over C&D and finishing second twice after the last victory again over C&D. Well held since returning from a break, always behind last time maybe a return here provides some spark.

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12
(8)
38-12OR: 66
14/1

Doesn't look an easy ride (has been slow away/looked lazy); well below form over 6f here last time again looking rather laboured. The hood he's worn in his last five races is now removed (possibly needs more severe headgear); others appeal more.

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13
(3)
38-11OR: 65
12/1

Yet to really make an impression for this yard having won a 5f Navan maiden on his only run in Ireland. Last two C&D runs have suggested that he has the ability to win a race on this surface although he may be seen to better effect over 1m.

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14
(2)
48-11OR: 65
40/1

Front-runner who showed a little more last time here over 1m back in her usual headgear but has to try and end a long losing run. Slipped back below her last winning mark but needs to show more before she can be confidently supported.

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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

La Rav (7/4), Valley of Fire (7/1), Kentuckyconnection (10/1), Knowing Glance (10/1), Chosen World (11/1), Double Martini (12/1), Summer Daydream (12/1), Socru (14/1), Dream World (22/1), Song of The Isles (28/1), Daafr (33/1), Arcavallo (40/1), Ideal Candy (40/1), Edessann (40/1)

Verdict

The Mick Easterby trained La Rav has been knocking on the door of late shaping well on his last two runs over 1m here and this drop to 0-75 company could well be just what he wants in a bid to land a win for this yard. However, KENTUCKYCONNECTION returned to winning ways last time out and still looks reasonably treated on what is fast becoming his favourite track, a 5lb rise may not be enough to see halt him from doubling up. Summer Daydream would have been of more interest if this race had been over 6f while the market may well give an indication of the expectations of handicap newcomer Edessann. Valley Of Fire and Knowing Glance are two others worth noting in a competitive heat.
  1. Kentuckyconnection
  2. La Rav
  3. Valley of Fire

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