15:45 Newcastle Fri 17 January 2020
Sole win from 22 AW starts came last March at Lingfield (1m2f). 6lb lower now, acts on Tapeta and looks more of an each-way than win proposition.
Has scored three times on turf, and is 0-13 on AW. Has been out of sorts for some time now and hard to enthuse about his chance.
Has been heading in the right direction lately for this trainer and produced her best effort on AW last time out. Unexposed over this sort of trip and no surprise if she goes close.
Has proved himself on his surface elsewhere. Has slid in the weights to a mark that makes him of interest here, in first-time headgear. Could go well.
Eight-race maiden on the Flat (has won over hurdles). Has only previously run on Polytrack in Ireland. Would have a squeak based on his best turf form, but has a bit to prove based on recent form in the other code. Tapeta debut.
Concern that he was never travelling at Lingfield last time, but has preceded that with a really good effort over this C&D. If he can shrug off that latest run, he has claims.
Scored at Chelmsford two years ago, but also acts here. However, has an inconsistent profile, so it is hard to be confident about what he will produce.
Has won just one of his 21 races on AW, that being over C&D in a classified contest last month. Backed up with another good effort at Southwell last time, though needs to raise the bar now back in a handicap.
0-12 on AW, and slow start didn't help matters here behind Optima Petamus last time. Couldn't rule him out if able to return to his autumn form, but has that to prove.
1m2f winner on turf, but was below par in three attempts here last August and hard to make a case for him on that basis, especially with few positives from hurdles efforts since.
Formerly trained by Dermot Weld. Unexposed in handicaps on AW, but has shown better form when running in others types of race. Acts on Tapeta and interesting if able to produce her best upped in trip.
Last Year's Winner
Accessor (11/4), Sweet Marmalade (5/1), Majestic Stone (5/1), Sir Gnet (11/2), Lyford (10/1), Queen Mia (10/1), Star Talent (14/1), Optima Petamus (20/1), River Dart (28/1), Bromance (28/1), Frame Rate (33/1)
- Star Talent
- Sweet Marmalade
- Majestic Stone