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Race 1 Newcastle 14:52 Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 16f
My Macho Man
Yet to taste success following 19 attempts over hurdles but there were certainly positives to glean from his effort in a C&D handicap on debut for new yard last month when 2 lb 'wrong' at the weights. Able to race off correct mark this time and merits respect.
Returned from a break in fine form during the summer, winning 3 on the bounce and by no means disgraced when fourth at Sedgefield in November. Likely he would've been placed but for unseating rider at the last at Southwell recently and not without each-way hope.
Regressed following promising debut in this sphere last term and he's winless following 21 starts on the Flat. However, he has posted several creditable efforts on the level this year and is interesting off a reduced mark now returned to hurdles.
Didn't need to improve when winning mediocre Uttoxeter maiden in June and put in his place switched to handicap company in 2 subsequent starts. Will need to find improvement from somewhere if he's to emerge on top here.
:Long-standing maiden who has several decent enough bits and pieces of form to her name but, chances are, she'll find one or two too good once again having unseated rider on recent seasonal reappearance at Sedgefield.
Six One Nine
Successful over fences here in February and returned to form when runner-up in a Musselburgh handicap chase last month. Record in this sphere is hardly inspiring, though, and it's best to look elsewhere.
Minor promise in 2 starts over hurdles for James Ewart last term and though well backed ahead of his return/chase debut for new yard at Southwell, he showed little aptitude for that game. Likely to struggle back in this sphere, too, off what looks a harsh mark.
Well below par on the Flat this year and while he wasn't entirely disgraced returned to hurdles in a Sedgefield novice in August, a step forward will be needed if he's to play a leading role on handicap debut in this sphere.
More To Follow
Showed little in two hurdling outings for Andrew Slattery and it's been a case of more of the same in as many starts for present yard. Now tried in a hood.
Best effort for a while when fourth at Hexham in June but, unsurprisingly, he has failed to back that up in 2 subsequent starts and losing run stretches back to 2019.
Runner-up completed start in Irish points in April and showed first form under Rules when fourth of 8 in maiden hurdle at Sedgefield in October. Subsequent handicap debut effort was poor, though, and now tried in a tongue strap.
Race 2 Newcastle 15:22 NH Flat Race (Class 5) 16f
£95,000 3-y-o, Montmartre gelding. Dam, placed on Flat in France, half-sister to fairly useful French hurdler (17f/2¼m winner) Sister Palma. Noteworthy newcomer.
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
Boy De La Vis
Showed form in points and reasonable start under Rules when third in a bumper at Warwick for Robin Dickin 7 months ago. Merits respect starting out for a new yard.
£60,000 3-y-o, Milan gelding. Dam unraced half-sister to useful hurdler/smart chaser (stayed 3½m) Across The Bay. Wears hood.
Half-brother to 3 winners and showed ability when third of 12 in a bumper at Kelso last month. Could improve from that, so not one to discount.
Had To Be Hugo
£30,000 5-y-o, Ocovango gelding. Dam, failed to complete in points, sister to moody but fairly useful hurdler/chaser (stayed 29f) Lively Baron. Runner-up only start in Irish points (May 1). Worthy of interest on debut.
£2,000 3-y-o, Black Sam Bellamy gelding. Brother to a winner, and half-brother to fairly useful hurdler Lieutenant Miller and fair chaser Avec Espoir, stays 25f. Represents an in-form yard.
Second in a point bumper but down the field on Rules debut at Ayr and others make more appeal.
N W Alexander
Better Be Definite
Clovis Du Berlais gelding. Dam (c83/h99), 2m-2½m hurdle winner, half-sister to useful hurdler/smart chaser (stayed 3m) Junction Fourteen.
Harriet Graham &
Ask My Heather
Well-held fourth in a bumper at Sedgefield first time out and others make more appeal.
£16,000 5-y-o, Balko gelding. Half-brother to fairly useful hurdler/useful chaser Raya Time. Maiden Irish pointer, failed to complete last 3 starts (latest May 15).
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