13:55 Newcastle

Sunday 2 August 2020


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Class 5  |   6f  |   Standard  |   8 Runners  |   Allweather

Weighed In

Off time: 14:04  |   Winning time: 1m 14.39s

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-11  |  J: D Tudhope |  T: D O'Meara|  OR: 72|  BF|  D

May not have dealt with another quick turnaround when unable to justify odds-on favouritism at Chepstow (6f; good) last time when chasing a hat-trick. Given plenty of time to recover since and she may have further progress left in her.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: Callum Shepherd |  T: D M Simcock|  OR: 69|  BF|  D

Unable to secure hat-trick when only third at Kempton (7f; standard to slow) in March. Not seen since but may have done well for a break, and she cannot be ruled out despite being 7lb above last winning mark.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: Megan Nicholls |  T: Jedd O'Keeffe|  OR: 69

Only a half-length behind the in-form Nibras Again when third at Beverley (5f; good to firm) last week. Starting to hint her turn could be round the corner lately, and she is unexposed at this trip so is a likely candidate.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: P J McDonald |  T: J R Fanshawe|  OR: 64

Dropped in trip to 6f for the first time after disappointing last time out when eased down at Beverley (7f; good). Mark continues to fall but she needs to offer much more promise before any faith is placed into her.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: D Fentiman |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 66|  D

Only 2lb above her last winning mark and took a step back in the right direction when not beaten far into fourth at Doncaster (6f; good to firm). Makes AW debut and should be involved to some extent.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Cam Hardie |  T: Rebecca Menzies|  OR: 64

Bit of a surprise she has not kicked on since entering handicaps. Seasonal debut when fifth over C&D offered some encouragement but has subsequently failed to build on that. Questions to answer after being eased down to finish well-beaten last time.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Connor Murtagh |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 62

Much improved this season winning two of her three starts in handicaps. Raised 6lb for her latest victory at Hamilton (5f; good) but that is unlikely to prevent further progress given she did it comfortably enough. Solid claims back on AW.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: Jim Crowley |  T: E A L Dunlop|  OR: 61

Form of the yard a concern (0-22; without a winner for 17 days). Only shown minor promise in maidens the last twice. Drops back in trip but although she is a likely improver, this is a competitive affair to make handicap debut in.


Habanero Star18
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 3
T: Miss Gay Kelleway  J: Non Runner


Balancing Act (7/2), Eye Smiling (7/2), Inevitable Outcome (9/2), Serenading (9/2), Lady Celia (9/1), Knightcap (9/1), Habanero Star (12/1), Red Treble (14/1), Feisty Gal (16/1)

There are two in this race who may be worth chancing in the form of Eye Smiling & Inevitable Outcome. The pair disappointed when going in search of a hat-trick but may be freshened up after being given time to recover since. Handicap newcomer Feisty Gal is worth a market check on her handicap debut though she would need to improve on her efforts in maidens, while Balancing Act is on a dangerous mark after stringing together a couple of respectable runs in defeat the last twice. That said it is hard to get away from LADY CELIA who is bidding for her third win in five starts this year. A 6lb rise for her latest success may underestimate her.
  1. Lady Celia
  2. Balancing Act
  3. Eye Smiling
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