17:15 Newcastle (A.W.) 9 Nov 2018

sunracing.co.uk Handicap (Class 4) (3YO plus)

Winner £5,531 - 13 run - Draw Advantage: None

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1 (10)
355331
iT
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), yellow sleeves, dark blue stars and stars on cap (K Kirkup & J Davies)

Alfred Richardson 23 

ch g Dapper - Vera Richardson (Dutch Art)

4 9-8 b
85
4 9-8 b
85

7/2, career best when winning 9-runner handicap at this C&D 23 days ago, slowly away. 8 lb higher now, but major claims nonetheless.

7/2, career best when winning 9-runner handicap at this C&D 23 days ago, slowly away. 8 lb higher now, but major claims nonetheless.

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Alfred Richardson Score: 407

2
2 (3)
978700
iT
Yellow, dark blue stars, halved sleeves (Mr W M Johnstone & Mr J S Goldie)

Nicholas T 13 

b g Rail Link - Thorntoun Piccolo (Groom Dancer)

Withdrawn

Withdrawn

Nineteen runs since last win in 2017. Twelfth of 18 in handicap (16/1) at Doncaster (7f, good) 13 days ago. Below par sole previous completed start on this surface, so bit to prove.

Nineteen runs since last win in 2017. Twelfth of 18 in handicap (16/1) at Doncaster (7f, good) 13 days ago. Below par sole previous completed start on this surface, so bit to prove.

Nicholas T Score: 300

3 (11)
347776
iT
White, black seams, white sleeves, black stars, white cap, black star (Nick Bradley Racing 12 & Sohi)

Grandee (IRE)  13 

b g Lope De Vega - Caravan of Dreams (Anabaa)

4 9-6 b
83
4 9-6 b
83

Sixteen runs since last win in 2017. Blinkered for 1st time, respectable sixth of 13 in handicap at Kempton (8f, 25/1) 13 days ago. Claims on tapeta debut granted a strong pace to aim at.

Sixteen runs since last win in 2017. Blinkered for 1st time, respectable sixth of 13 in handicap at Kempton (8f, 25/1) 13 days ago. Claims on tapeta debut granted a strong pace to aim at.

Grandee Score: 448

1
4 (8)
70-1004
iT
White, red inverted triangle, hooped sleeves and cap (Mr Evan M Sutherland)

Black Isle Boy (IRE)  8 

b g Elzaam - Shadow Mountain (Selkirk)

4 9-5
82 1
4 9-5
82 1

Latest win at Thirsk in April. 40/1, creditable fourth of 10 in handicap at this course (7.1f) 8 days ago, never nearer. Daniel Tudhope's pick of the yard's trio and needs considering.

Latest win at Thirsk in April. 40/1, creditable fourth of 10 in handicap at this course (7.1f) 8 days ago, never nearer. Daniel Tudhope's pick of the yard's trio and needs considering.

Black Isle Boy Score: 297

5 (5)
053609
iT
Orange, black and white hooped cap (Mr J A Tabet)

Truth Or Dare 50 

b g Invincible Spirit - Unreachable Star (Halling)

7 9-5 p1
82
7 9-5 p1
82

Twelve runs since last win in 2017. 9/1, ninth of 13 in handicap at Ayr (7.2f, heavy) 50 days ago. Makes tapeta debut and could go well if new headgear has the desired effect.

Twelve runs since last win in 2017. 9/1, ninth of 13 in handicap at Ayr (7.2f, heavy) 50 days ago. Makes tapeta debut and could go well if new headgear has the desired effect.

Truth Or Dare Score: 324

6 (13)
512460
iT
Royal blue, yellow hoops and sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Mr Timothy O'gram & Partner)

Poet's Dawn 34 

ch g Poet's Voice - Dudley Queen (Excellent Art)

3 9-4
83
3 9-4
83

Latest win at Beverley in August. Fourteenth of 15 in handicap at Redcar (8f, good to soft, 28/1) 34 days ago. Looks vulnerable.

Latest win at Beverley in August. Fourteenth of 15 in handicap at Redcar (8f, good to soft, 28/1) 34 days ago. Looks vulnerable.

Poet's Dawn Score: 325

7 (1)
12-5727
iT
Emerald green, brown striped sleeves (Mrs P A Clark)

Trevithick 24 

b g Champs Elysees - New Choice (Barathea)

3 9-3
82
3 9-3
82

C&D winner. 20/1, seventh of 10 in handicap at Leicester (10f, good to soft) 24 days ago. 8 lb higher now and faces an uphill task.

C&D winner. 20/1, seventh of 10 in handicap at Leicester (10f, good to soft) 24 days ago. 8 lb higher now and faces an uphill task.

Trevithick Score: 321

8 (9)
316014
iT
Black, red hoops, black sleeves, red cap (Chris Spark & William Orr)

Alexandrakollontai (IRE)  46 

b m Amadeus Wolf - Story (Observatory)

8 9-2 b
79
8 9-2 b
79

C&D winner. Latest win here in September. 7/2, creditable fourth of 10 in handicap at this course (7.1f) 46 days ago. Has work to do.

C&D winner. Latest win here in September. 7/2, creditable fourth of 10 in handicap at this course (7.1f) 46 days ago. Has work to do.

Alexandrakollontai Score: 333

9 (14)
418675
iT
Red, black collar and cuffs, old gold cap (T T Racing)

Destroyer 36 

b g Royal Applause - Good Girl (College Chapel)

5 9-0
77
5 9-0
77

Latest win at Newmarket in August. Respectable fifth of 11 in handicap at Chelmsford City (8f, 16/1) 36 days ago. No surprise if he's on the premises.

Latest win at Newmarket in August. Respectable fifth of 11 in handicap at Chelmsford City (8f, 16/1) 36 days ago. No surprise if he's on the premises.

Destroyer Score: 318

10 (7)
344
iT
Grey, maroon chevrons, diabolo on sleeves, maroon cap (Ms J Maggs)

Forewarning 31 

b g Cacique - Buffering (Beat Hollow)

4 9-0 t b1
77
4 9-0 t b1
77

Thrice-raced maiden on Flat. 8/1, fourth of 8 in minor event at this course (12.4f) 31 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Blinkers applied on this handicap debut and improvement needed.

Thrice-raced maiden on Flat. 8/1, fourth of 8 in minor event at this course (12.4f) 31 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Blinkers applied on this handicap debut and improvement needed.

Forewarning Score: 404

3
11 (2)
146603
iT
Light green, brown braces, armlets and cap (Koo's Racing Club)

First Flight (IRE)  23 

b g Invincible Spirit - First of Many (Darshaan)

7 9-0
77
7 9-0
77

Latest win at Ayr in June. 7/1, creditable third of 12 in handicap at this C&D 23 days ago, never nearer. Will be a threat if on-song, but others more persuasive on balance.

Latest win at Ayr in June. 7/1, creditable third of 12 in handicap at this C&D 23 days ago, never nearer. Will be a threat if on-song, but others more persuasive on balance.

First Flight Score: 380

4
12 (6)
504547
iT
Light blue, orange epaulets (Middleham Park Racing Lxi & Partner 2)

Elusive Heights (IRE)  8 

br g Elusive Pimpernel - Berg Bahn (Big Bad Bob)

5 8-11
74 1
5 8-11
74 1

Eighteen runs since last win in 2016. Seventh of 10 in handicap (3/1) at this course (7.1f) 8 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Eighteen runs since last win in 2016. Seventh of 10 in handicap (3/1) at this course (7.1f) 8 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Elusive Heights Score: 298

13 (4)
974666
iT
Red and black stripes, red sleeves, black spots (Ebor Racing Club Vi)

Pioneering (IRE)  17 

b g Shamardal - Oregon Trail (Gone West)

4 8-8 p
71
4 8-8 p
71

Respectable sixth of 10 in minor event (20/1) at this C&D 17 days ago. Merits consideration based on 2017 form, but generally below that level this year.

Respectable sixth of 10 in minor event (20/1) at this C&D 17 days ago. Merits consideration based on 2017 form, but generally below that level this year.

Pioneering Score: 322

14 (12)
222118
iT
Brown, beige hooped sleeves and cap (Acorn Racing)

Street Poet (IRE)  23 

b g Poet's Voice - Street Star (Street Cry)

5 8-8
71
5 8-8
71

Beaten 16¼ lengths when eighth of 9 to Alfred Richardson in handicap at this C&D (12/1) 23 days ago, so clearly has work to do.

Beaten 16¼ lengths when eighth of 9 to Alfred Richardson in handicap at this C&D (12/1) 23 days ago, so clearly has work to do.

Street Poet Score: 322

Verdict

Alfred Richardson missed the break but still bolted up over track and trip last time. He's been hit with an 8lb rise as a consequence, so marginal preference for win purposes is for FIRST FLIGHT, who is back on his last winning mark and hinted his turn was fast approaching when returning to form with a solid third over C&D latest. Black Isle Boy is better known for his sprint exploits but he's 2lb below his last winning rating and there are clues from his breeding he may well stay 1m at the first attempt.

Verdict

ALFRED RICHARDSON needs another personal best having gone up 8 lb for last month's C&D victory, but he did the job in good style that day and may well be equal to this task. Though seemingly passed over by Daniel Tudhope in favour of Black Isle Boy, Grandee could be the pick of the O'Meara-trained trio, particularly if they go hard up front, while Truth Or Dare also enters calculations.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Standard 14 Pouvoir Magique 5 3 9 5 85 3147 14 days J Gosden (241 miles) R Havlin 5/2 1:38.59
2016 Standard 13 Alexandrakollontai 4 6 8 13 77 982066 16 days A Whillans (112 miles) J P Sullivan 22/1 1:37.27