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  • 1m 2f 42y
  • Class 6
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Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 674-60

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

0-13 since his successful racecourse debut and although he ran well when fourth of ten on stable debut here (1m) in December, he has failed to beat a rival in both starts since; plenty to prove.

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10th

1

(1)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Thunder Max

9st 9lb

J: Paula Muir

T: Jessica Bedi

0-13 since his successful racecourse debut and although he ran well when fourth of ten on stable debut here (1m) in December, he has failed to beat a rival in both starts since; plenty to prove.

33/1

12th

10

(3)

4th Feb 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 5

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Thunder Max

9st 4lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Jessica Bedi

Trained by Richard Hannon for a successful debut; has gone 0-12 in the meantime but it was a respectable stable debut over C&D in December and perhaps Chelmsford didn't suit last time.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3432-4

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Starting to look exposed despite having made the frame in eight of her nine starts; steps back up in trip returned to a handicap and a first-time hood now replaces cheekpieces; another placing may still be her best hope, though.

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2nd

2

(6)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Gold Aura

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Jack Jones

Starting to look exposed despite having made the frame in eight of her nine starts; steps back up in trip returned to a handicap and a first-time hood now replaces cheekpieces; another placing may still be her best hope, though.

7/2

4th

1

18th Jan 2024

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0m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Gold Aura

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Jack Jones

led

7/2

Form: 513-05 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Knows how to win, being 5-19 on the AW and 7-35 overall; usually seen over shorter these days, but did win over 9.5f on the AW in France as a 3yo when trained by William Haggas; one for the shortlist.

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11th

8

(5)

23rd Feb 2024

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0m 7f 36y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sparkle In His Eye

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Dual C&D winner early in 2022; not at his best since returned to the AW last month, but is back off the same mark as when successful at Musselburgh (7f, good) last August; case can be made.

25/1

9th

3

(9)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Sparkle In His Eye

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Knows how to win, being 5-19 on the AW and 7-35 overall; usually seen over shorter these days, but did win over 9.5f on the AW in France as a 3yo when trained by William Haggas; one for the shortlist.

20/1

Form: 750-44 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Losing run up to 16, but havng tumbled down the weights his last two efforts have been encouraging, including when fourth of eight in a slightly better contest over C&D last time (third has won since); down another 1lb and high on the list.

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8th

4

(8)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Rise Hall

9st 7lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Geoff Oldroyd

Losing run up to 16, but having tumbled down the weights his last two efforts have been encouraging, including when fourth of eight in a slightly better contest over C&D last time (third has won since); down another 1lb and high on the list.

4/1

4th

6

(5)

19th Jan 2024

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1m 2f 42y

Class 5

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Rise Hall

9st 7lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Geoff Oldroyd

dwelt start, led soon after start, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost two places inside final 110yds

10/1

Form: 887-66 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Not at his best lately, though his latest start was in a 0-80 and he is 2-2 in Class 6 handicaps; usually seen over shorter, but he did win over just shy of this trip at Ripon (good) last May; interesting.

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3rd

10

(6)

22nd Feb 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 5

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Showmedemoney

9st 0lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

C&D winner who is 8lb lower than when winning at Carlisle last September, but he's struggled to get competitive on the AW of late.

12/1

8

15th Feb 2024

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1m 0f 13y

Class 6

14:02 Southwell (AW)

Showmedemoney

9st 5lb

T: Iain Jardine

7th

5

(7)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Showmedemoney

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Not at his best lately, though his latest start was in a 0-80 and he is 2-2 in Class 6 handicaps; usually seen over shorter, but he did win over just shy of this trip at Ripon (good) last May; interesting.

10/1

Form: 93009-

Last run: 66 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

10-48 on the AW and 4lb lower than for the latest of two wins at Wolverhampton (9.5f, Tapeta) at the end of 2022; has failed to beat a rival in his last two starts (found to have an irregular heartbeat last time) so a leap of faith is required.

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3rd

6

(2)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Busby

9st 6lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Philip Kirby

10-48 on the AW and 4lb lower than for the latest of two wins at Wolverhampton (9.5f, Tapeta) at the end of 2022; has failed to beat a rival in his last two starts (found to have an irregular heartbeat last time) so a leap of faith is required.

33/1

Form: 66/6-8

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Out of the frame in all four starts, including twice for this yard after returning from 438 days off in December; best watched unless market indicates otherwise.

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4th

7

(4)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Elusive Truth

9st 6lb

J: Sam James

T: Gemma Tutty

Out of the frame in all four starts, including twice for this yard after returning from 438 days off in December; best watched unless market indicates otherwise.

20/1

8th

7

(2)

19th Jan 2024

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1m 1f 104y

Class 5

15:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Elusive Truth

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Gemma Tutty

Ability at an ordinary level for Karl Burke in 2022 but well beaten on first run since/stable debut last month; best watched on this handicap debut.

20/1

Form: 6366-3

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

0-8 in handicaps since making a successful nursery debut at Thirsk (1m good) in September 2022, but there have been encouraging signs since switched to the AW as when third of 11 here (1m) last month; pedigree suggests he is well worth another go over this far; respected down another 1lb.

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2nd

4

(8)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Masterpainter

9st 7lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Michael Dods

raced near side, prominent against near rail

7/1

5th

8

(10)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Masterpainter

9st 4lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Michael Dods

0-8 in handicaps since making a successful nursery debut at Thirsk (1m good) in September 2022, but there have been encouraging signs since switched to the AW as when third of 11 here (1m) last month; pedigree suggests he is well worth another go over this far; respected down another 1lb.

5/1

Form: 680-41 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 59

Form & Verdict

All three wins have come here and he proved he didn't need headgear when recording a game success over this trip last time; only 2lb higher and no reason why he shouldn't go well again.

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1st

9

(5)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Explorers Way

9st 3lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

All three wins have come here and he proved he didn't need headgear when recording a game success over this trip last time; only 2lb higher and no reason why he shouldn't go well again.

3/1

1st

3

(6)

17th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

13:45 Newcastle (AW)

Explorers Way

9st 9lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Mostly seen over shorter trips of late (1m/7f course wins last autumn) but plugged on well enough for fourth over C&D last week; might be best watched with headgear still left off.

7/2

Form: 6210-7 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Not at her best over longer trips the last twice (does stay further than this), but is back off the same mark as when successful over C&D in November; not the biggest surprise should she bounce back.

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2nd

11

(7)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Lochnaver

8st 13lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Jim Goldie

midfield, smooth headway and went fourth 2f out, pressed leader and going easily over 1f out, pushed along to lead inside final furlong, faced challenge final 110yds, headed towards finish

10/1

6th

10

(3)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Lochnaver

8st 10lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Jim Goldie

Not at her best over longer trips the last twice (does stay further than this), but is back off the same mark as when successful over C&D in November; not the biggest surprise should she bounce back.

7/1

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Betting Forcast

20/1 Thunder Max, 11/2 Gold Aura, 12/1 Sparkle In His Eye, 4/1 Rise Hall, 12/1 Showmedemoney, 20/1 Busby, 20/1 Elusive Truth, 11/2 Masterpainter, 7/4 Explorers Way, 11/1 Lochnaver

Verdict

C&D winners Explorers Way and Lochnaver cannot be dismissed easily and neither can Sparkle In His Eye, given that he knows how to get his head in front. Rise Hall has been shaping as though he might be returning to winning form lately, but preference is for MASTERPAINTER who has shown some encouraging signs since switched to the AW. His pedigree suggests he is well worth another go over this longer trip. Showmedemoney is another worth a second look.[David Bellingham]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Explorers Way

NEWMARKET:

Gold Aura

SPOTLIGHT:

Masterpainter

The Times:

Lochnaver

RP RATINGS:

Showmedemoney

Telegraph:

Gold Aura

The Guardian:

Gold Aura

D Express:

Masterpainter

Daily Mail:

Explorers Way

The Sun:

Explorers Way

The Star:

Explorers Way

Daily Record:

Explorers Way

Daily Mirror:

Lochnaver