13:20 Newcastle Thu 9 January 2020
Hasn't won on AW since a third C&D win in March 2018 and not all that consistent in recent times but he would have claims if he could reproduce the form that saw him finish a close third of 13 here in November; couldn't back it up next time though.
Sole win came here in novice company on just his second start but that was in the summer of 2018 and he's shown very little since joining this yard; obviously well-handicapped if he can find some of his juvenile form but no signs of that recently.
A winner here on debut (6f) but hasn't won since. Showed some promise in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Lingfield last time out on his first start since wind surgery but must build on that now.
Tapeta winner at Wolverhampton in June and shaped well on his first start since wind surgery here in September but he's gone backwards in two runs since. Worth a crack at this trip but others make more appeal.
All five of his wins have come on turf and he really struggled for any form in his four starts of 2018. 13lb lower than when placed over C&D 15 months ago but will need a first-time tongue-tie to have the desired effect to play a part here.
Lost his maiden tag, claiming back-to-back wins here in November and not disgraced in his hat-trick bid last time out, probably giving the re-opposing winner an easy lead on the front end; each-way claims from the same mark here.
Won back-to-back handicaps here in April, the latter of which came at 1m. Most of his Flat efforts since have been respectable, including his fifth of 14 here on return last month (probably doing too much too soon); interesting from 1lb lower.
Off the mark at the eighth attempt when winning over C&D last time out. Gifted an easy time of things out front that day but beat his rivals with a degree of authority and not ruled out, despite a 7lb rise in the weights here.
Won a low grade race here over 7f in November but has struggled in handicap since. Dropped 1lb and might not mind the step back up in trip but others preferred on balance.
A maiden after 39 starts and his recent course form suggests he's set to struggle once again here.
Yet to come close to hitting the frame in any of her seven starts and looks opposable on her return from nearly a year off the track here.
Last Year's Winner
Proceeding (11/4), High Fort (7/2), Blazing Dreams (4/1), Jack Berry House (8/1), Newmarket Warrior (10/1), With Approval (12/1), Al Ozzdi (12/1), Daafr (16/1), Mango Chutney (25/1), Harlequin Dancer (33/1), Lord Rob (200/1)
- Blazing Dreams
- High Fort
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