16:00 Newcastle Wed 8 January 2020

Abandoned
  • Bombardier 'March To Your Own Drum' Handicap (Div 1) (Class 5)
  • 7f 14y, Standard / Slow
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£4,140.002nd£1,232.003rd£616.004th£308.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Allweather
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1
(5)
59-9OR: 77C
20/1

Better performer on the AW and is a course winner in the past. Never dangerous when eighth of 11 over 1m2f here last time and is drastically down in trip now. Others offer more appeal.

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2
(10)
59-7OR: 75D
7/1

Makes first start for this yard after supposedly re-finding his form when second over 1m here in December. 4lb rise is a slight concern but this looks an easier contest and is the one to beat.

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4
(2)
49-4OR: 72
5/1

Globetrotting maiden who has also raced in France and America. Encouraging in two starts over here including when fourth of 12 at Kempton (1m) last time out. Makes handicap debut off of a fair mark.

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6
(7)
59-2OR: 70C
16/1

Course winner who hasn't been in the sharpest of form recently and was a modest seventh of 14 here (1m) on first start since leaving Rebecca Menzies' yard. More needed back at this trip.

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7
(4)
69-1OR: 69CD
9/2

Registered three wins in 2019 and ended it with two wins on the bounce, culminating with good success over 6f at this track in early December. Up 5lb so handicapper isn't giving many chances but respected.

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8
(8)
79-0OR: 68
12/1

On a barren run since last win in 2016 but posting some creditable efforts at this track recently, including third-place finish over 1m in October. Not seen since but merits place consideration.

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9
(11)
48-13OR: 67BF
14/1

Tumbling down the weights as of late but not showing any signs of improvement with it. Always towards the rear when eighth at Southwell (7f) in late December. Handicap mark is eye-catching now though.

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10
(3)
58-12OR: 66D
7/1

In good form the last two starts, winning at Kempton in mid-December before creditable third at Wolverhampton (7f) eight days later. Only risen 1lb and holds solid place claims.

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11
(1)
58-8OR: 62CD
5/1

Generally in consistent form and made it a career-best effort last time out when winning C&D handicap just under a month ago. Off 6lb higher but no reason why he can't improve again. Shortlisted.

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Non-Runners

3
(6)
Anif47
69-6OR: 74
T: M HerringtonJ: Phil Dennis
5
(9)
Blindingly78
59-3OR: 71
T: B HaslamJ: P Mulrennan

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
7Rey Loopy59-67/2Full Result
T: B HaslamJ: A Mullen

Betting

Forecast

Etikaal (9/2), Qaabil (5/1), Billy Wedge (5/1), Anif (6/1), Papa Stour (7/1), Calin's Lad (7/1), Elusive Heights (12/1), Blindingly (14/1), Silver Dust (14/1), Thaayer (16/1), Paparazzi (20/1)

Verdict

A handful of horses bring some strong form lines into this contest but one who is worth taking a punt on could be QAABIL. He remains unexposed in Britain and should be suited by more restrained tactics in this. Takingly he has a fair mark for his handicap debut. Both Eitkaal and Billy Wedge have shown great aptitude for this track and while this represents another step up from previous efforts they look well-placed to go well once again. While the likes of Calin's Lad and Papa Stour have re-found their form in the last couple of starts but aren't being treated well by the handicapper.
  1. Qaabil
  2. Etikaal
  3. Calin's Lad
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