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Too Friendly
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Not a great deal of hurdles form to go on, but if this was a race on the Flat then TOO FRIENDLY would be a clear pick. He was rated 88 on the level when trained by George Scott and created a good impression when winning on his debut for the Skelton’s at Stratford in October. This more galloping track should suit, and he looks to have achieved slightly more than his main market rival.


Luckofthedraw
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Really hard to get away from LUCKOFTHEDRAW. He won with any amount in hand at Huntingdon and a 9lb rise for that 20-length romp looks more than fair as the 2nd and 3rd both came into that race in good form. Toby Bulgin has made a good start to his training career and his son of Martaline looks to be on a steep upward curve and should be able to defy the big weight on his back.


Mr Glass
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Not he deepest renewal of the French Furze and so this should be a relatively simple task for MR GLASS. He has won 3 of his 4 starts and travelled extremely strongly when winning on his hurdles debut at Chepstow last month. The extra distance should be well within his range as he showed plenty of stamina when winning 2 bumpers in the spring and with Paul Nicholls yard going so well, he is hard to oppose.


Tupelo Mississippi
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A tight Novices Chase, but TUPELO MISSISSIPPI probably bumped into an above average type when getting turned over in a match race at Carlisle. He jumped perfectly well on his chase debut, he was simply beaten by a classier rival on the day and when you consider that te won twice at Newcastle in his bumper days and ran well here over hurdles too, including when 3rd in the French Furze at this meeting last season, he could be underestimated.


Nuts Well
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A brilliant renewal of this race, but the top weight NUTS WELL sets a clear form standard, and the lack of any significant rain is definitely in his favour. He won on his return at Kelso in October, a race he was won for the last 2 seasons and ran perfectly well when 5th to Allmankind in the Old Roan at Aintree, beaten less than 6-lengths. A repeat of that effort should see him go close.

 

 

 


Donna's Double
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A very tricky maiden hurdle to try and pull apart, but Donna’s Double created a good impression when winning a bumper here in March. That form is solid, if not spectacular and it is worth noting that the yard doesn’t have too many bumper winners, just 3 in the last 5 seasons, so he could be above average. Sandy Thomson’s horses starting to come into form, so there is every chance he could be capable of winning a maiden like this.


Epatante
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Monmiral is a fascinating runner, but 4-year-olds don’t have a good record in this race with just one winner in the last 25 years and he will need to be on top form to give 7lbs to EPATANTE. Last year’s winner didn’t build on her victory here, but a back operation over the summer has apparently done the trick and she wouldn’t need to be at her peak to win this. The race should be run to suit, and it is hard to see any of her 5 rivals finding the necessary improvement to beat her.

 

 

 


About Newcastle Racecourse

The brilliant Newcastle racecourse has two tracks - a jumps track and all-weather track. The latter is the only all-weather track in the UK that uses Tapeta, a surface more commonly used in North America and the Middle East, and on which the brilliant Enable made her debut in 2016.

The valuable Northumberland Plate, where there’s £150,000 prize money up for grabs, is arguably the highlight of their Flat fixtures. Over the jumps, the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle has seen many a Champion Hurdle winner compete whilst the Eider is seen as a strong Grand National trial.


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