December 08 / 13.52 Newcastle

13.52 Newcastle

Good To Soft

Living North Christmas Fair Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
SKY
View Course
Living North Christmas Fair Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

4/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40

Form: 21-1

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Showed promise in bumpers, winning his second one when odds-on at Sedgefield (good) in April; looked useful when the easy 17l winner of a Catterick novices' contest (2m3f, soft) on last month's hurdling debut; should improve again up in trip and will be hard to beat under a penalty.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:13 Kelso

Imperial Merlin

11st 12lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: John Quinn

Won good-ground Sedgefield bumper in the spring and began hurdling career with easy wins at Catterick (2m3f, soft) and Newcastle (2m6f, good to soft) this autumn; faces tougher assignment under 12lb penalty but we don't yet know the limit of his ability.

5/4

1st

1

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:52 Newcastle

Imperial Merlin

11st 7lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: John Quinn

Showed promise in bumpers, winning his second one when odds-on at Sedgefield (good) in April; looked useful when the easy 17l winner of a Catterick novices' contest (2m3f, soft) on last month's hurdling debut; should improve again up in trip and will be hard to beat under a penalty.

4/5

1st

5

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:30 Catterick

Imperial Merlin

11st 0lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: John Quinn

Promising bumper debut in March and little trouble landing short odds in weak contest the following month; half-brother to winning hurdlers and needs taking very seriously on his debut over them.

2/1

Form: 193

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Dual British point winner (2m4f/3m) who won a point-to-point bumper at Aintree (good) on his rules debut; well beaten on hurdles debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) but returned to that C&D (good) to post a much better effort latest; needs more improvement and has a bit to prove on slow ground.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

6

27th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:45 Doncaster

Macavity

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Dual point winner who won a point-to-point bumper at Aintree (good) on his rules debut; beaten 14l in a four-runner hurdle last time but his previous Wetherby effort was promising over 2m3f; longer trip should benefit on handicap debut, as will the booking of Brian Hughes.

6/1

2nd

5

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:52 Newcastle

Macavity

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Dual British point winner (2m4f/3m) who won a point-to-point bumper at Aintree (good) on his rules debut; well beaten on hurdles debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) but returned to that C&D (good) to post a much better effort latest; needs more improvement and has a bit to prove on slow ground.

13/2

3rd

13

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

12:08 Wetherby

Macavity

10st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

prominent, ridden after 3 out, edged left and no impression run-in

20/1

Form: 536

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has shown glimpses of ability in two bumpers and most recently a maiden hurdle here (2m, good to soft) last month; this step up in trip looks positive but he needs significant improvement to get involved.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

11:45 Newcastle

Brian’s Jet

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Fair form in bumpers and in two races over hurdles (both here) but more is needed to take this.

16/1

3rd

3

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:52 Newcastle

Brian’s Jet

11st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Has shown glimpses of ability in two bumpers and most recently a maiden hurdle here (2m, good to soft) last month; this step up in trip looks positive but he needs significant improvement to get involved.

25/1

6th

1

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 4

14:45 Newcastle

Brian’s Jet

11st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Displayed some ability last month in his two bumpers (good to soft/good) but not enough to suggest he'll make an impact on this hurdle debut.

20/1

Form: 2263-1

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner (third start); placed in three of his four bumper runs for this trainer; showed a good attitude to score by 3l on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) last month (the third gave that form a solid look when placed again on Tuesday); player under a penalty.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Supreme Gift

12st 0lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Won on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) in November and, having run out four out at Newcastle next time, he made amends with a win under Alice Stevens at Huntingdon (2m3f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; ran well in a heavy-ground bumper and he has leading form claims under a double penalty.

2/1

1st

3

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

12:40 Huntingdon

Supreme Gift

11st 7lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Irish point winner; improved on bumper efforts when making a winning hurdle debut at Uttoxeter; still travelling well enough when running out (short of room) at the fourth last at Kelso since; retains potential.

9/2

2

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:52 Newcastle

Supreme Gift

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Irish point winner (third start); placed in three of his four bumper runs for this trainer; showed a good attitude to score by 3l on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) last month (the third gave that form a solid look when placed again on Tuesday); player under a penalty.

7/4

Form: 58

Last run: 172 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Had one or two issues to contend with in his two bumper runs but from a good family and could turn out to be better than he was able to show, now tackling obstacles; check the market for clues on hurdles debut.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:52 Newcastle

I’m Dougal Rocks

11st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Had one or two issues to contend with in his two bumper runs but from a good family and could turn out to be better than he was able to show, now tackling obstacles; check the market for clues on hurdles debut.

25/1

1

22nd Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

13:25 Sedgefield

I’m Dougal Rocks

11st 4lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Had excuses in early-season bumpers at this course (bit slipped through mouth) and Hexham (finished lame); from a good family and looks a possible improver now hurdling.

33/1

Non-runners

I'm Dougal Rocks

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £4.70
Straight Forecast £5.70
Trifecta £20.40

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Imperial Merlin

TOPSPEED:

Supreme Gift

RP Ratings:

Imperial Merlin

The Times:

Imperial Merlin

Telegraph:

Imperial Merlin

The Guardian:

Imperial Merlin

D Express:

Imperial Merlin

Daily Mirror:

Imperial Merlin

The Star:

Imperial Merlin

Daily Record:

Imperial Merlin

POSTDATA:

Supreme Gift

Daily Mail:

Supreme Gift

The Sun:

Supreme Gift