March 29 / 15.35 Newcastle (AW)

15.35

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  • Prize money: £77310
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 453-11 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Taken well to Tapeta, third in a Listed event over C&D in November before impressive wins over 6f and 5f here the last twice (both backed up by the clock); surged to the front over the shorter trip two weeks ago and a 5lb rise is fair enough; it would be a huge effort to defy top weight but he threatened to be top class as a 2yo and he couldn't be coming here in better form.
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1

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Taken well to Tapeta, third in a Listed event over C&D in November before impressive wins over 6f and 5f here the last twice (both backed up by the clock); surged to the front over the shorter trip two weeks ago and a 5lb rise is fair enough; it would be a huge effort to defy top weight but he threatened to be top class as a 2yo and he couldn't be coming here in better form.

11/2

1st

1

(10)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

dwelt start, towards rear, pushed along and headway from over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and went clear inside final furlong, impressive

3/1

1st

3

(12)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Has a few ideas of his own but he's blessed with stacks of raw ability and he hasn't always had the rub of the green since dead-heating with Summerghand at the Ebor meeting; only third behind Tacarib Bay in Listed company here in November but he was too keen early and didn't find as much as may have been expected once coming off the bridle; likely to be ridden more patiently this time and he's of serious interest.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4115-4 CD

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Strong-travelling hold-up performer who won twice (including C&D) in late 2023; whether he's quite up to defying this high a mark in a competitive handicap remains to be seen though.
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5th

5

(10)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

Coachello

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful sort (dual Listed winner) won twice on AW over the winter but was below form last time; goes very well on easy ground too and has to be considered.

14/1

5th

5

(10)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

Coachello

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful sort (dual Listed winner) won twice on AW over the winter but was below form last time; goes very well on easy ground too and has to be considered.

14/1

2

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Coachello

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: Gordon Elliott

Strong-travelling hold-up performer who won twice (including C&D) in late 2023; whether he's quite up to defying this high a mark in a competitive handicap remains to be seen though.

10/1

Form: 243-28 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Progressed again last season, placed in the Wokingham before a series of good runs in Listed/Group 3 events; fine run to finish second over 5f at Southwell last month and last time easy to strike a line through (an administrative error meant he was forced to run over 1m4f in order to be eligible for this race); big chance back at 6f.
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7th

1

(13)

12th May 2024

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0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Juan Les Pins

9st 12lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

mounted in chute and taken down early, dwelt start, raced in last

16/1

Form: 251-11 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Used to pull too hard but the switch to sprinting, and especially the move to AW, has had a huge impact, winning his last three starts in the manner of a top-class performer; lumbered with a 13lb rise for the latest success but a greater concern may be whether he can be use his energy and potent change of gear as efficiently over today's stiff 6f.
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4

(13)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Cover Up

9st 3lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Used to pull too hard but the switch to sprinting, and especially the move to AW, has had a huge impact, winning his last three starts in the manner of a top-class performer; lumbered with a 13lb rise for the latest success but a greater concern may be whether he can be use his energy and potent change of gear as efficiently over today's stiff 6f.

9/2

1st

5

(1)

22nd Feb 2024

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0m 5f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Cover Up

9st 4lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has looked a natural in two runs since switched to AW, winning over 6f at Lingfield in November and looking one to keep firmly onside with a stylish C&D win 12 days ago; 5lb higher in his hat-trick bid but he looks the type to take higher rank on AW.

5/4

1st

3

(7)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

18:45 Newcastle (AW)

Cover Up

9st 7lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold, prominent

9/4

Form: 41-531 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Enjoying a revival on AW this winter, winning at Kempton in December and having a few of today's rivals behind him when seeing off 11 rivals at Lingfield four weeks ago; should run his race but this looks more demanding.
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9th

5

(11)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Chipstead

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Teal

He'd been in good form on AW this winter prior to his midfield finish over C&D 17 days ago (race not run to suit); work to do with a couple of reopposing rivals but he did enough there to think he's still in top form; has the ability to play a leading role.

16/1

9th

5

(11)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Chipstead

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Teal

He'd been in good form on AW this winter prior to his midfield finish over C&D 17 days ago (race not run to suit); work to do with a couple of reopposing rivals but he did enough there to think he's still in top form; has the ability to play a leading role.

16/1

7th

4

(19)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Chipstead

9st 8lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Teal

Has had some good results in competitive 6f AW races over the winter and fitness counts for plenty at this time of the year, but his best turf form has come at trips short of 6f so this may not be quite his race.

20/1

33/1

Form: 20-647 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Ran well in the 3yo event at this meeting 12 months ago; slowly running himself back into form this winter, his seventh behind Chipstead at Lingfield last time a bit better than the bare figures suggests having circled the field before halfway; others still make more appeal today.
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5th

1

(10)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

The X O

9st 11lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: John Ryan

Group 3 placed over C&D one year ago; ran to a similar level only once since, shaping well at Lingfield (6f, AW) in March; ran poorly at Newcastle on Good Friday, after which he was gelded; drops in class today and if he is to revive then it could be at this venue.

10/1

5th

1

(10)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

The X O

9st 11lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: John Ryan

Group 3 placed over C&D one year ago; ran to a similar level only once since, shaping well at Lingfield (6f, AW) in March; ran poorly at Newcastle on Good Friday, after which he was gelded; drops in class today and if he is to revive then it could be at this venue.

10/1

6

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

The X O

9st 1lb

J: David Probert

T: John Ryan

Ran well in the 3yo event at this meeting 12 months ago; slowly running himself back into form this winter, his seventh behind Chipstead at Lingfield last time a bit better than the bare figures suggests having circled the field before halfway; others still make more appeal today.

33/1

Form: 0144-6 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Showed an aptitude for the mud last season, winning the Stewards' Cup and a good handicap at Doncaster in October, the latter off just 2lb lower; has slipped down the weights after three runs this winter and ridden by the stable jockey in preference to Summerghand and Misty Grey; strong contender.
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9th

4

(3)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Aberama Gold

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David O’Meara

Five wins last year, including over C&D (good) and in the Stewards' Cup (6f, heavy); in pretty good form at Newmarket the last twice and he's dropped back down to his last winning mark; could be thereabouts.

9/1

9th

4

(3)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Aberama Gold

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David O’Meara

Five wins last year, including over C&D (good) and in the Stewards' Cup (6f, heavy); in pretty good form at Newmarket the last twice and he's dropped back down to his last winning mark; could be thereabouts.

9/1

6th

7

(7)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Aberama Gold

9st 1lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David O’Meara

Had a fine spell after moving to David O'Meara, with the Stewards' Cup the highlight of his 2023 campaign; ran well on his return to turf here 17 days ago, third of 18 and in front of some reopposing rivals; was well positioned there, though, and he may need slow ground to win races of this nature nowadays.

11/1

Form: 362-21 CD

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Classy sprinter on his day but not always the easiest to place; done little wrong since a visor replaced cheekpieces, getting the better of Batal Dubai at Kempton having earlier chased home Albasheer over C&D; likely to make another bold bid.
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9th

5

(11)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 York

Fivethousandtoone

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Has form figures of 211, all in 6f AW handicaps, since wearing a visor; scored at Newcastle on finals day most recently; faces a much stiffer task back on turf and he's only 1-14 in this sphere.

20/1

9th

5

(11)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 York

Fivethousandtoone

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Has form figures of 211, all in 6f AW handicaps, since wearing a visor; scored at Newcastle on finals day most recently; faces a much stiffer task back on turf and he's only 1-14 in this sphere.

20/1

8

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Fivethousandtoone

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Classy sprinter on his day but not always the easiest to place; done little wrong since a visor replaced cheekpieces, getting the better of Batal Dubai at Kempton having earlier chased home Albasheer over C&D; likely to make another bold bid.

9/1

Form: 74-052 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Money-spinner for connections down the years and he gained the 17th success of his career when dead-heating with Albasheer at last season's Ebor meeting at York; meets that rival on 21lb better terms today and he showed he was no back number when finishing off well to split Chipstead and Batal Dubai at Lingfield four weeks ago; an end-to-end gallop in a big field is right up his street and he helps form a strong team for David O'Meara.
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20th

6

(5)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Summerghand

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Dead-heated in big field over C&D (good to firm) last August and now 8lb lower; also effective on good to soft; disappointing at Newmarket 11 days ago but before that he was an eyecatching fifth of 18 there (6f, good), when denied a clear run, and this 10yo is capable of playing a leading role.

8/1

Form: 54-742 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Smart AW operator in his prime and his two runs for this yard bode well for the future, latterly second in a 7f Listed event at Wolverhampton three weeks ago (his conqueror Nine Tenths runs in the 3.00); still has the pace to compete at 6f and he's one to consider, for all Danny Tudhope is on board Aberama Gold this time.
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1st

4

(1)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Misty Grey

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

prominent on far side of group

11/2

1st

4

(1)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Misty Grey

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

prominent on far side of group, pressed leader from 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds, won going away

11/2

3rd

5

(13)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Misty Grey

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

bumped start, midfield, edged right but headway 2f out, kept on well and went third inside final 110yds

11/1

Form: 41-323 CD BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Produced a smart turn of foot to win over C&D last summer and he added a 6f handicap at Chelmsford to his tally last October; he has run fine races in defeat so far this year but he's creeping up the weights and he'll need a personal best to win a race as demanding as this one.
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4th

9

(3)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Batal Dubai

9st 1lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Harry Charlton

midfield on far side of group

5/1

4th

9

(3)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Batal Dubai

9st 1lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Harry Charlton

midfield on far side of group

5/1

12

(9)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Batal Dubai

8st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Harry Charlton

Produced a smart turn of foot to win over C&D last summer and he added a 6f handicap at Chelmsford to his tally last October; he has run fine races in defeat so far this year but he's creeping up the weights and he'll need a personal best to win a race as demanding as this one.

11/2

33/1

Form: 11-855 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Ended 2023 with a couple of 5f wins on Tapeta; unplaced on his last three runs though and likely vulnerable over a stiff 6f at this level.
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6th

9

(14)

16th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:15 York

Bergerac

8st 12lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Four-time turf winner (two here) who won twice on AW towards end of last year; in fair form on AW in February/March but needs something extra in this red-hot handicap and he didn't shine on grass last year (four races).

25/1

6th

9

(14)

16th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:15 York

Bergerac

8st 12lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Four-time turf winner (two here) who won twice on AW towards end of last year; in fair form on AW in February/March but needs something extra in this red-hot handicap and he didn't shine on grass last year (four races).

25/1

13

(1)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Bergerac

8st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Ended 2023 with a couple of 5f wins on Tapeta; unplaced on his last three runs though and likely vulnerable over a stiff 6f at this level.

33/1

Form: 1-4112 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Still has some learning to do and his slow-starting tendencies could do with being curbed but he's making fine progress as a sprinter, winning three AW handicaps at this trip and running right up to his best when chasing home Albasheer over 5f a fortnight ago; the return to this trip should suit and he's one to be interested in.
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2nd

7

(9)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

Billyjoh

9st 4lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Progressive sprinter who recorded a personal best when second of 11 at Southwell (6f, AW) 12 days ago; should be just as effective on turf in time and he's due to be 3lb higher from the weekend; has to be on the shortlist.

3/1

2nd

7

(9)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

Billyjoh

9st 4lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Progressive sprinter who recorded a personal best when second of 11 at Southwell (6f, AW) 12 days ago; should be just as effective on turf in time and he's due to be 3lb higher from the weekend; has to be on the shortlist.

3/1

2nd

3

(3)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 3

16:50 Southwell (AW)

Billyjoh

9st 4lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Not disgraced when beaten less than 2l into seventh of 16 at Newbury (6f, good to soft) nine days ago, but looks better on the AW and has been successful in his last two appearances over C&D; still 7lb above his last winning mark, but 1lb lower than when second of 12 in a 0-105 at Newcastle (5f, Tapeta) last month; chance.

6/1

Form: 2151-3 CD BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Two C&D wins to his name and he ran creditably when third here last month; still has some potential but he's into a deep race today.
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4th

17

(12)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Solray

8st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Both wins at 6f on Newcastle AW but he didn't run well over that C&D 19 days ago and down the list in his first turf handicap.

25/1

4th

17

(12)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Solray

8st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Both wins at 6f on Newcastle AW but he didn't run well over that C&D 19 days ago and down the list in his first turf handicap.

25/1

15

(15)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Solray

8st 2lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Two C&D wins to his name and he ran creditably when third here last month; still has some potential but he's into a deep race today.

14/1

Form: 111314 CD

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
An exposed 45-rated maiden prior to switching to AW in January but he's had an incredible winter, winning six handicaps here and soaring up the weights; only fourth in a Class 4 here last week though and he'll 9lb out of the weights if he gets in to this hot race.
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16

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Bonito Cavalo

8st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

An exposed 45-rated maiden prior to switching to AW in January but he's had an incredible winter, winning six handicaps here and soaring up the weights; only fourth in a Class 4 here last week though and he'll 9lb out of the weights if he gets in to this hot race.

50/1

4th

9

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Bonito Cavalo

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

slightly awkward start, towards rear, outpaced after 1f

7/2

1st

11

(7)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bonito Cavalo

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

One of the success stories of the winter, reeling off a five-timer here (5f-7f) in January and February; winning spree came to an end when second past the post (subsequently demoted to third having bumped Pockley) but it was still a sound run and he's one to consider.

7/1

Non-runners

Apache Outlaw

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Cover Up

LAMBOURN:

Chipstead

D Express:

Albasheer

The Guardian:

Billyjoh

TOPSPEED:

Batal Dubai

POSTDATA:

Fivethousandtoone

The Times:

Misty Grey

SPOTLIGHT:

Aberama Gold

NEWMARKET:

Cover Up

Daily Mail:

Cover Up

Daily Mirror:

Cover Up

The Sun:

Cover Up

Daily Record:

Cover Up

Telegraph:

Chipstead

The Star:

Albasheer