January 18 / 15.25 Newcastle

15.25 Newcastle Good To Soft

DFE Electrical Commercial & Domestic Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 7f 149y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
  • Win time: 6m 10s
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DFE Electrical Commercial & Domestic Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 34U/52 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Back from very long absence with two encouraging runs in late 2021, more notably when second of 14 at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) six weeks ago; encounters different combination of trip and ground here but still features prominently in calculations.
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1st

5

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:25 Ayr

Stoney Rover

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

1

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Stoney Rover

11st 12lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Sandy Thomson

Back to winning ways at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) in January and can be forgiven lesser effort off this higher mark here last time as he broke a blood vessel; good claimer on board and looks a leading contender assuming all is well with him this time.

5/1

4th

5

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:40 Ayr

Stoney Rover

11st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Promised plenty as a novice (for Katie Scott) but hasn't seen a great deal of racing in recent years; runner-up at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in December before resuming winning ways on less demanding ground at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft, 4-1 joint-favourite); more needed from a 5lb higher mark.

7/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 4-57F5

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
In contention before penultimate-flight fall at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) last month and respectable fifth at Kelso (2m6f, soft; behind Skipthescales) three weeks ago; remains very well handicapped on pick of last season's form; cheekpieces removed after one use; no surprise if he features.
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10th

8

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

16:29 Haydock

Kaizer

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Ewan Whillans

1st

5

26th Mar 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 2

15:46 Kelso

Kaizer

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Better than ever this season, bumping into a progressive rival when second on this course (2m5f, soft; pair clear) three weeks ago, having previously scored in convincing style over C&D (good); may not have reached his ceiling just yet, and he makes plenty of appeal at the foot of the weights.

11/4

2nd

12

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

14:05 Kelso

Kaizer

10st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Made most when winning by 15l here (3m2f, good) one month ago; 11lb higher today but still has form (from soft-ground wins over shorter in previous two seasons) which makes this look a favourable mark; considered.

9/1

OUR TIP

5/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: -21114 BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Dug deep to win three times in the autumn (2m3f-2m5f, good/good to soft), and last month's Taunton fourth (2m3f, good; form working out well) was perfectly respectable; seemingly on a tough mark now but today's step up in trip may unlock further improvement.
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2nd

2

14th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:30 Plumpton

Getalead

11st 12lb

J: David Prichard

T: Claire Harris

Won three handicaps in the autumn (2m3f-2m5f, good/good to soft) and has continued to run well in defeat, in a race that's worked out well at Taunton (2m3f) and then over nearly 3m at Newcastle; would have a question mark against him should conditions turn really soft, but respected otherwise.

5/1

3rd

3

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Getalead

11st 9lb

J: David Prichard

T: Claire Harris

Dug deep to win three times in the autumn (2m3f-2m5f, good/good to soft), and last month's Taunton fourth (2m3f, good; form working out well) was perfectly respectable; seemingly on a tough mark now but today's step up in trip may unlock further improvement.

5/1

3

8th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Getalead

11st 5lb

Dug deep to win three times in the autumn on good/good to soft ground, including over C&D; ran creditably off his revised mark when fourth of 13 at Taunton last time; more needed if he's to resume winning ways, and his best efforts so far have been away from the mud.

Form: 256-43 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Came good over hurdles with cosy success at Musselburgh (3m, soft) just over a year ago and has made the frame on both outings this season, more recently when third at Catterick (3m1f, soft) this month; probably in the mix again.
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3rd

11

25th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:55 Musselburgh

Bullion Boss

10st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Had a modest strike-rate and he was pulled up at Kelso last month; however, he was reportedly unsuited by the testing ground and he was running well in defeat previously; sole win came over C&D last January and he certainly has a chance if bouncing back to form.

10/1

11

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Bullion Boss

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Only 1-24 but he's consistent and has been beaten single-digit lengths in his last two handicaps; unlikely to be far away.

7/1

9

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:40 Ayr

Bullion Boss

10st 9lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Nicky Richards

Consistent since scoring at Musselburgh (3m, soft) on New Year's Day in 2021; wasn't fluent at the final flight when a staying-on fourth to Stoney Rover at Newcastle (2m7f) last time; realistic chance of reversing placings with that rival on 5lb better terms, but that might not be enough to win.

Form: 1RP-65 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Ended last season in poor form over fences and returned from ten-month break with two very underwhelming hurdle runs in December; on good mark now but needs to turn things around.
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6th

7

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

13:00 Ayr

The Delray Munky

11st 0lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Iain Jardine

Isn't necessarily the easiest to predict; ran reasonably well when fifth of 15 at Newcastle (2m7f) in January but she was well behind the reopposing Jessiemac when running poorly over 3m here since.

8/1

7th

6

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:40 Ayr

The Delray Munky

11st 7lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Isn't necessarily the easiest to predict but she ran reasonably well until weakening from the second-last flight when fifth of 15 to Stoney Rover at Newcastle (2m7f) last time; competitively handicapped and 3-3 at this track (all on heavy in early 2018); possibilities.

7/1

5th

7

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

The Delray Munky

11st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Ended last season in poor form over fences and returned from ten-month break with two very underwhelming hurdle runs in December; on good mark now but needs to turn things around.

25/1

Form: 525573

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Kept on for modest third at Wetherby (3m, heavy) 11 days ago but hasn't really been firing on all cylinders in recent months and remains 5lb above last winning mark; swaps cheekpieces for blinkers here.
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3rd

7

20th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

17:16 Perth

Dequall

11st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Holliday

T: Stuart Coltherd

Not at best when reverting to hurdling at Sedgefield recently but was placed in a marathon chase two starts ago and had been fairly consistent over hurdles before that; seems versatile regarding ground and has slipped to a good mark; one to consider.

6/1

5th

4

8th Apr 2022

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:35 Sedgefield

Dequall

11st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Stuart Coltherd

3rd

9

17th Mar 2022

Good

3m 7f 199y

Class 4

15:05 Hexham

Dequall

10st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Stuart Coltherd

Course winner over hurdles (2m4f, soft) in October 2020; in fair form over hurdles with blinkers recently but hasn't run as well in two tries over fences; plenty to prove at this new trip from 3lb out of the handicap.

12/1

Form: 5169-5

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Five-time hurdle winner; just a respectable fifth at Musselburgh (3m, soft) on latest outing in October but will appreciate this drop in grade and is 2lb below his last winning mark; visor the headgear of choice today.
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5th

3

11th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 4

19:40 Perth

Taxmeifyoucan

11st 13lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

1st

5

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

15:50 Perth

Taxmeifyoucan

10st 9lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

7th

6

11th Apr 2022

Soft

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:15 Hexham

Taxmeifyoucan

10st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Keith Dalgleish

Form: -59382 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Without a win since November 2018 but hasn't been with Nick Alexander long and stayed on from unpromising position to take second at Kelso (2m6f, soft; no headgear) three weeks ago; has often worn cheekpieces; could have a say if first-time visor gives him a boost.
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8th

8

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Skipthescales

11st 1lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Without a win since November 2018 but hasn't been with Nick Alexander long and stayed on from unpromising position to take second at Kelso (2m6f, soft; no headgear) three weeks ago; has often worn cheekpieces; could have a say if first-time visor gives him a boost.

8/1

2nd

9

29th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:42 Kelso

Skipthescales

10st 12lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Five-time winner over jumps but not since 2018; made quite promising seasonal/stable debut when third of seven here (3m2f, soft) last month but his subsequent Wetherby run was a backward step; goes without usual cheekpieces today; others have more appealing profiles.

12/1

8th

3

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:02 Wetherby

Skipthescales

11st 10lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Had a wind op after changing hands for £5,500 in August and ran a nice first race for this stable when third over 3m2f at Kelso (soft); good chance of building on that and he's well handicapped.

8/1

Form: 73233

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Placed on all three starts for new stable since November; slightly disappointing when third in Kelso novice (2m6f, soft) last month but moves back into a handicap on a good mark and still has low mileage; major player.
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8th

3

25th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:55 Musselburgh

Return Fire

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Unable to threaten this year in his first two handicaps (2m6f/2m7f) but those were still fair efforts and this lightly raced 6yo is in good hands to improve; not ruled out.

15/2

3rd

2

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Return Fire

11st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Second and third in C&D novices here this season but didn't see out nearly 3m as well as the principals in a Newcastle handicap last month, finishing behind Bullion Boss; still early days, mind.

10/1

9th

5

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Return Fire

11st 4lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed on all three starts for new stable since November; slightly disappointing when third in Kelso novice (2m6f, soft) last month but moves back into a handicap on a good mark and still has low mileage; major player.

5/1

Form: 148656 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Won for Joanna Walton at Kelso (2m6f, good) last May and ended last year with some very respectable efforts but is out of the weights again today and others look stronger; cheekpieces refitted.
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4th

5

4th May 2022

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:15 Kelso

Lissen To The Lady

11st 9lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Sandy Forster

1st

7

4th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:25 Kelso

Lissen To The Lady

10st 7lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Sandy Forster

Won over C&D (soft) in February on penultimate start but 4lb higher today and that's clearly her best show this season; needs to be back in that peak form.

7/1

3rd

10

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

13:00 Ayr

Lissen To The Lady

10st 3lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Sandy Forster

Back to best a little out of the blue when resuming winning ways at Kelso (2m6f, soft) 22 days ago; nudged back up 4lb and has never won from a mark in the 90s.

3/1

Form: 2437

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Has a point to prove after very disappointing handicap debut in November (2m3f) but there was significant promise in two of his three qualifying runs (2m4f/2m6f) and he has claims if back on song.
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4th

4

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Soivegotachance

11st 11lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Daragh Bourke

No wins but placed twice over hurdles; respectable fifth at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) on latest start 15 days ago; didn't do enough in three points to make him an attractive proposition on chasing debut.

13/2

5th

1

28th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Carlisle

Soivegotachance

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Daragh Bourke

Ran well from the front when fifth in first-time cheekpieces at Sedgefield (2m5f, good) last month but finished tired on soft ground at Kelso (2m6f) recently; now 0-7 over hurdles; dropped in trip today.

8/1

7th

5

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Soivegotachance

11st 7lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Daragh Bourke

Better for cheekpieces when beaten under 5l after a positive ride at Sedgefield (2m5f, good) 19 days ago, though he wandered about a bit under pressure; remains to be seen if he'll progress.

12/1

Form: 3-6F76 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Dual course winner over hurdles, latterly off 4lb higher last March (2m4f, good to soft; stays further); below form since returning from break in October (four runs) but was in contention before bad jumping error at Catterick two starts ago and the return to this track is an obvious plus.
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12th

11

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Kauto D’Amour

10st 9lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Dual course winner over hurdles, latterly off 4lb higher last March (2m4f, good to soft; stays further); below form since returning from break in October (four runs) but was in contention before bad jumping error at Catterick two starts ago and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

14/1

6th

5

14th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Kauto D’Amour

10st 13lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Now back on same mark as when gaining clearcut win at Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) in March and was very much in contention until bad jumping error at third-last flight over C&D (good) last month.

25/1

7th

7

19th Nov 2021

Good

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

12:10 Catterick

Kauto D’Amour

10st 13lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Won 2m4f handicap in March but has struggled since and was beaten when coming to grief at the last on his latest start 15 days ago; yet to win at this sort of trip but is back down to last winning mark; possibilities.

15/2

Form: /0P27-

Last run: 423 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
0-7 over hurdles when trained by Philip Hobbs and not seen under rules since poor run in November 2020; pulled up in consecutive points last May; sports first-time tongue and refitted cheekpieces on stable debut.
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3

6th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

16:10 Market Rasen

Filou Des Issards

11st 13lb

J: Mr Joe Wright

T: Jessica Bedi

4th

4

1st Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

13:00 Catterick

Filou Des Issards

11st 10lb

J: Miss Jessica Bedi

T: Jessica Bedi

Showed ability for Philip Hobbs up to October 2020 but he struggled in points last spring and has been well held in two handicaps since returning to hurdling; hard to fancy.

20/1

6th

1

9th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

15:37 Sedgefield

Filou Des Issards

12st 3lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Jessica Bedi

Showed ability for Philip Hobbs up to October 2020 but struggled in points last spring and was tailed off at 150-1 on last month's stable debut over hurdles; hard to fancy.

66/1

Form: 21620- D

Last run: 347 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Hurdle/chase winner when trained in France (2m1f/2m7f, good to soft) but not seen since struggling on British debut last February (3m1f, heavy); back on a quicker surface here but still has a lot to prove.
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3rd

6

12th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 5

16:55 Perth

Furax

11st 4lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Micky Hammond

Chase/hurdle winner in France but has shown very little in five British starts, despite a cascading handicap mark; down in trip; hard to support until showing more positive signs.

33/1

1

28th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:50 Hexham

Furax

12st 7lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Micky Hammond

Won over hurdles and fences when trained in France but has struggled on all four British starts, most recently when beaten about 72l at Sedgefield (3m3f, good to soft) this month; drops in grade but has huge amount to prove.

12/1

5th

4

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 4

16:30 Sedgefield

Furax

11st 7lb

J: Miss Becky Smith

T: Micky Hammond

Tailed off twice over hurdles and pulled up over fences in three runs since joining current yard from France; best watched until showing signs of a revival.

33/1

Form: 78-09P

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Well beaten all three starts this season (2m-2m4f) and now 0-8 in Britain; 5lb out of the weights today; needs this step up in trip to make a huge difference.
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14

6th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:35 Market Rasen

Penpal

10st 6lb

J: Alain Cawley

T: Micky Hammond

0-13 in Britain, despite some considerable help from the handicapper, but stuck to his task pretty well when third at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) last month and today's move back up in trip looks the right move.

8/1

3rd

7

8th Apr 2022

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

17:42 Sedgefield

Penpal

10st 11lb

J: Alain Cawley

T: Micky Hammond

Ex-French; has dropped 45lb in the ratings since November 2020; good run at Carlisle two runs runs back (2m1f, soft) but well behind Killane there last time (2m1f, good); worth a market check.

12/1

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Exacta £467.00
Straight Forecast £441.90
Tricast £1769.90
Trifecta £2833.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Stoney Rover

RP Ratings:

Skipthescales

SPOTLIGHT:

Return Fire

POSTDATA:

Bullion Boss

Daily Express:

Getalead

Daily Mirror:

Furax

The Times:

Return Fire

The Star:

Bullion Boss

The Guardian:

Stoney Rover

Daily Mail:

Stoney Rover

The Sun:

Stoney Rover

Telegraph:

Skipthescales

Daily Record:

Skipthescales