Tom Tailor-made for Newcastle challenge in first-time cheekpieces
The George Bewley-trained CASUAL CAVALIER (3.35) hasn’t won for a year, but he has produced two solid efforts this winter, most recently at Ayr where he failed to match the turn of foot shown by easy winner Rosquero but pulled clear of the also-rans.
A 2lb drop in the weights takes him back down to the mark he defied over this course and distance last January and he enjoys testing ground, so he has every chance of getting back to winning ways in the 2m½f handicap chase.
TAILOR TOM (3.05) has improved since moving into handicaps and is capable of taking another step forward.
Donald McCain’s six-year-old stayed on strongly to open his account at Bangor recently and found only one too strong at Catterick a week later when some sloppy jumps cost him victory. He can pull out more if newly applied cheekpieces help him to eliminate the mistakes.
CENTRAL FLAME (2.30) was pulled up in his first two starts after returning from a layoff, but there was more encouragement here last month as he stayed on from an unpromising position to finish third. James Walton’s gelding has now slipped below his latest winning mark and this 2m7½f handicap looks a good opportunity.
CARQALIN (2.40) let down favourite backers at Market Rasen last time out, but he deserves another chance in the 2m7½f handicap chase.
The six-year-old was well supported on just his third start for Kim Bailey but couldn’t reel in The Last Bridge, who was allowed to dictate in a small field.
That effort showed he is suited by this sort of test and his light weight could prove crucial in what are set to be very testing conditions.
Veauce De Sivola looks the main danger ahead of Irish Octave.
Rosemary Gasson trains the latter and she has better hopes of a winner with SCARTARE (4.15) in the finale.
The seven-year-old ended last season in the doldrums but made an encouraging comeback at Southwell in December, plugging on for third.
It later emerged that he lost a shoe and another 4lb drop in the weights leaves him lurking on a very dangerous mark.
Richardofdoccombe, who was a good second last time, is feared most.
The 6f handicap looks a competitive affair, but ANGEL PALANAS (2.15) looks sure to be involved in the finish.
Karl Burke’s four-year-old has been struggling to get his head in front, but he showed that this course and distance suits when third two starts back and finally opened his account here last time, surging six lengths clear on the run-in.
A 10lb higher mark may not stop him not after that confidence-boosting success.
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