20:45 Newcastle (A.W.) 9 Nov 2018

Betway Casino Handicap (Class 5) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,752 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: High

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No.
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Position
1 (13)
200009
iT
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), yellow sleeves, dark blue stars and stars on cap (Mr Kevin Kirkup)

My Name Is Rio (IRE)  2 

ch g Captain Rio - Walk In My Shadow (Orpen)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Fourteen runs since last win in 2017. 50/1, first run since leaving Michael Dods when ninth of 12 in handicap at this course (7.1f) 2 days ago. Plenty to prove at present.

Fourteen runs since last win in 2017. 50/1, first run since leaving Michael Dods when ninth of 12 in handicap at this course (7.1f) 2 days ago. Plenty to prove at present.

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My Name Is Rio Score: 334

2 (5)
139143
iT
Yellow, emerald green star, royal blue sleeves, red cap (Nice Day Out Partnership)

Round The Island 22 

b g Royal Applause - Luanshya (First Trump)

5 9-7
70
5 9-7
70

C&D winner. 3 wins from 15 runs this year. Latest win at Pontefract in September. 16/1, respectable third of 10 in handicap at Wolverhampton (6.1f) 22 days ago, nearest finish. Not discounted.

C&D winner. 3 wins from 15 runs this year. Latest win at Pontefract in September. 16/1, respectable third of 10 in handicap at Wolverhampton (6.1f) 22 days ago, nearest finish. Not discounted.

Round The Island Score: 484

1
3 (12)
878597
iT
Royal blue, white chevrons, white and royal blue quartered cap (Milldean Racing Syndicate)

Nautical Haven 165 

b g Harbour Watch - Mania (Danehill)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Fourteen runs since last win in 2016. Seventh of 10 in handicap (20/1) at Chelmsford City (7f), finding little. Off 165 days and visored for 1st time.

Fourteen runs since last win in 2016. Seventh of 10 in handicap (20/1) at Chelmsford City (7f), finding little. Off 165 days and visored for 1st time.

Nautical Haven Score: 350

4 (8)
500757
iT
Black and pink check, pink sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Stuart Herrington & Pete Forster)

Kommander Kirkup 21 

ch g Assertive - Bikini (Trans Island)

7 9-4
67
7 9-4
67

Creditable seventh of 12 in handicap (25/1) at this C&D 21 days ago. Now below last winning mark and should make his presence felt.

Creditable seventh of 12 in handicap (25/1) at this C&D 21 days ago. Now below last winning mark and should make his presence felt.

Kommander Kirkup Score: 343

5 (4)
943703
iT
Light blue, orange epaulets (Middleham Park Racing Lxxvii)

Broken Wings (IRE)  20 

b f Canford Cliffs - Moss Top (Moss Vale)

3 9-3
66
3 9-3
66

Respectable third of 10 in handicap at Wolverhampton (6.1f, 15/2) 20 days ago, worst of draw. Solid claims.

Respectable third of 10 in handicap at Wolverhampton (6.1f, 15/2) 20 days ago, worst of draw. Solid claims.

Broken Wings Score: 397

6 (7)
036054
iT
Red, white epaulets, red sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Mr V Spinks & Partner)

Ventura Secret (IRE)  11 

ch g Roderic O'connor - Bajan Belle (Efisio)

4 9-2 p1
65
4 9-2 p1
65

Twelve runs since last win in 2017. 5/2, creditable fourth of 13 in handicap at Redcar (6f, soft) 11 days ago, running on. Cheekpieces on 1st time and enters calculations.

Twelve runs since last win in 2017. 5/2, creditable fourth of 13 in handicap at Redcar (6f, soft) 11 days ago, running on. Cheekpieces on 1st time and enters calculations.

Ventura Secret Score: 318

7 (2)
418170
iT
White, black epaulets, white and yellow striped sleeves, yellow cap (Mr Alan Lamont & Mr Don Eddy)

Avenue Of Stars 11 

b g Makfi - Clifton Dancer (Fraam)

5 9-2 v
65 1
5 9-2 v
65 1

C&D winner. 11/1, below form 12¼ lengths tenth of 16 to Lucky Lodge in handicap at Redcar (6f, soft) 11 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

C&D winner. 11/1, below form 12¼ lengths tenth of 16 to Lucky Lodge in handicap at Redcar (6f, soft) 11 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Avenue Of Stars Score: 354

8 (6)
272029
iT
Emerald green, white hoop, chevrons on sleeves, white cap (Percy/Green Racing)

Danehill Desert (IRE)  11 

b g Clodovil - Misplace (Green Desert)

3 9-2 p
65 1
3 9-2 p
65 1

Unreliable type. Sixteen runs since last win in 2017. 14/1, ninth of 13 in handicap at Redcar (6f, soft) 11 days ago. Others make more appeal.

Unreliable type. Sixteen runs since last win in 2017. 14/1, ninth of 13 in handicap at Redcar (6f, soft) 11 days ago. Others make more appeal.

Danehill Desert Score: 331

9 (1)
6-02050
iT
Light green and purple (quartered), light green sleeves, white cap (Mr S R Bowring)

First Excel 42 

ch g First Trump - Exceedingly Good (Exceed and Excel)

6 9-2 b
65
6 9-2 b
65

C&D winner. 40/1, last of 14 in handicap at this C&D 42 days ago. Percentage call is to look elsewhere.

C&D winner. 40/1, last of 14 in handicap at this C&D 42 days ago. Percentage call is to look elsewhere.

First Excel Score: 302

10 (14)
314686
iT
Dark blue, dark blue cap, pink spots (Ben Haslam Racing Syndicate)

Epeius (IRE)  42 

b g Arakan - Gilda Lilly (War Chant)

5 9-1
64
5 9-1
64

C&D winner. Latest win at Hamilton in July. 11/1, respectable sixth of 14 in handicap at this C&D 42 days ago, running on. Has good chance on pick of form.

C&D winner. Latest win at Hamilton in July. 11/1, respectable sixth of 14 in handicap at this C&D 42 days ago, running on. Has good chance on pick of form.

Epeius Score: 428

2
11 (9)
338087
iT
Brown, pink cross of lorraine and sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs M Doherty & Mr A D Brown)

Poppy In The Wind 24 

b m Piccolo - Vintage Steps (Bahamian Bounty)

6 9-0 v
63
6 9-0 v
63

Course winner. 16/1, seventh of 10 in handicap at Kempton (6f) 24 days ago, slowly away. Capable off this sort of mark, but needs to bounce back.

Course winner. 16/1, seventh of 10 in handicap at Kempton (6f) 24 days ago, slowly away. Capable off this sort of mark, but needs to bounce back.

Poppy In The Wind Score: 399

4
12 (3)
973026
iT
Black, red disc (Mr F Watson)

Gleaming Arch 21 

b g Arabian Gleam - Mrs Quince (Mark of Esteem)

4 8-13
62
4 8-13
62

25/1, creditable sixth of 14 in handicap at this course (5f) 21 days ago. Each-way claims at best.

25/1, creditable sixth of 14 in handicap at this course (5f) 21 days ago. Each-way claims at best.

Gleaming Arch Score: 351

13 (10)
552813
iT
Maroon and yellow check, maroon sleeves, yellow cap (Mr Antony Brittain)

Lucky Lodge 3 

b g Lucky Story - Melandre (Lujain)

8 8-13 b
62
8 8-13 b
62

C&D winner. 4 wins from 19 runs this year. Bit below form third of 20 in handicap at Redcar (6f, good to soft, 11/2) 3 days ago. 13 lb higher back on AW, but needs considering all the same.

C&D winner. 4 wins from 19 runs this year. Bit below form third of 20 in handicap at Redcar (6f, good to soft, 11/2) 3 days ago. 13 lb higher back on AW, but needs considering all the same.

Lucky Lodge Score: 411

3
14 (11)
327053
iT
Dark blue, white disc, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mrs Ruth A Carr)

Indian Warrior 8 

b g Sepoy - Night Gypsy (Mind Games)

3 8-11
60
3 8-11
60

Remains a maiden after 18 Flat runs. First run since leaving Ed Dunlop when creditable third of 12 in handicap (7/1) at this C&D 8 days ago. Couldn't rule out.

Remains a maiden after 18 Flat runs. First run since leaving Ed Dunlop when creditable third of 12 in handicap (7/1) at this C&D 8 days ago. Couldn't rule out.

Indian Warrior Score: 327

Verdict

LUCKY LODGE's last course appearance saw him finish a neck second at the beginning of last month and he has since gone on from that to take advantage of his lower mark on turf with a win at Redcar last Monday. He is turned out quickly after finishing third at the same track on Tuesday and can continue his recent good run of form. Ventura Secret is respected with first-time cheekpieces applied, while Round The Island completes the shortlist due to his recent consistency.

Verdict

BROKEN WINGS deserves credit for finishing as close as she did from stall 11 at Wolverhampton last month and, now 2 lb lower, she is taken to open her account. Indian Warrior is also a maiden, but he put in a good shift on debut for this yard over C&D recently and is a player off the same mark. Epeius, Round The Island and Ventura Secret are others to consider.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Standard 12 Lady Of The Lamp 2 3 8 9 63 8211 7 days R Guest (241 miles) L Morris 6/4 1:13.34
2016 Standard 12 Manatee Bay 4 6 9 7 75 366423 17 days D Nicholls (57 miles) T Eaves 15/2 1:11.37