Look no further than last week’s emphatic Catterick winner ATAILOF TWO CITIES, who has well and truly thrived since introduced to a visor. She galloped her rivals into submission when powering clear up the favoured stands’-side rail there and rates as impossible to oppose under the incurred 6lb penalty. Of the remainder, Spycracker and Eagle’s Foot are respected most.
Having scored over C&D last time Bobba Tee has to go on the shortlist, while Alborkan and Miracle Eagle remain open to further improvement. However, it may be worth siding with JAMIH who ran well to finish second here last time, while his pedigree suggests that this longer trip may suit him even better.
Top of the list is James Fanshawe’s unexposed 3yo FLOWER OF SCOTLAND (nap), who has improved with each of her runs and caught the eye with her strong finish into a close fourth on her handicap debut at Kempton last month. Triple C&D winner Esspeegee went close back at this track three weeks ago and he’s feared most off only 1lb higher here. Another key player is George Ridsdale, who was a creditable third in his hat-trick bid at Ayr last time and looks interesting at this new trip.
Neither Ed Walker nor Oisin Murphy are regular Newcastle visitors so we should probably take the hint with the twice-raced COTAI BEAR. Under positive handling he went down fighting by a short head at Kempton (7f) three weeks ago, so is thought unlikely to be inconvenienced by dropping back in trip (to 6f). Others for the shortlist include One Over Par and Batraan, the latter of whom was too green to do himself justice on debut at York.
Boogie Time was a good third with cheekpieces added at Ayr and is a key player on this big drop back in grade. Pockley is respected under a penalty for his brave C&D win last week, while Mr Trevor has claims if he can find some more progress on his AW debut. However, there are also some interesting nursery newcomers in the line up and the vote goes to James Fanshawe’s well-related filly DUTCH LIGHT, who looks on a fair opening mark and could make a serious impact on her drop back in trip.
This open-looking contest may go to BOSTON GEORGE, who has been dropped 2lb despite running respectably here last time and remains unexposed on Tapeta. Second choice is Anif, who ties in with the selection on that C&D form 18 days ago. Ulshaw Bridge is third choice, ahead of Le Chiffre. Several others also have possibilities.
An open race in which the vote goes to Kevin Ryan’s WILD HOPE, who made a bold bid when a close second over C&D 18 days ago and is only 1lb higher here. Don’t Tell Claire was only narrowly denied at Newmarket last time and is respected at this new trip, while Striding Edge turned things around with a brave win at Hamilton and has claims if he can back that up. Others who could have a big part to play are Global Warning and Zap.
This has the distinct feel of a late-season older-horse maiden, featuring a recent standard-setter dropping from handicap company in Boma Green, Convertible, returning from a year off in first-time headgear, and a likely looking newcomer from a powerful yard in Troll Peninsula. However, FUTURE KING, himself back from three months off following wind surgery, looks the one they all have to beat after a pleasing Haydock debut, when strong in the market behind a winner now rated in the mid 90s.
The in-form Carlovian hit traffic at a crucial stage up the rail at Catterick back at 5f last time and is impossible to knock out of calculations, while the ridiculously expensive-to-follow Harry’s Ridge will doubtless again be popular back on the AW.
Star Cracker had Lucky Beggar and favourite Zebulon behind here last time and should go well again round his favourite course, but a flier is taken on ROSE BANDIT, a fair 2yo who’s back on a workable mark and who showed more last time. Yesterday’s Windsor winner Divine Queen would also hold obvious claims if running again, albeit she does look particularly well suited by soft turf.
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