Today's racecards

Newcastle

  • 13:10 SLM 'The French Furze' Novices' Hurdle2m 6f

  • Winner £9,697 2nd £2,864 3rd £1,432 4th £716
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 31U7-11 Grey, red cap, grey diamond Maggio (FR) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-6 t P Griffin J Reveley 120 1001
2 2-21 Light blue, brown stripe and armlets Bit Of A Jig (IRE) 37
Nag me
5 11-3 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 1001
3 P112-12 Royal Blue, White cross belts, Royal Blue and Yellow chevrons on sleeves Green Flag (IRE) 21
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-3 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 120 1001
4 522-461 Yellow and White (quartered), Yellow sleeves, White armlets, Yellow cap Mitchell's Way 19
Nag me
5 11-3 G A Swinbank F Davis 111 1001
Non runners
52/11-13Rendl Beach (IRE)511-3Miss R CurtisT Scudamore131
64434F2William Money (IRE)510-12C GrantD F O'Regan113

Verdict

Maggio has been aimed high over hurdles and fences in his career so shouldn't be too inconvenienced by stepping up in class after two convincing victories at Kelso. He had the favourite and today's rival Green Flag 18 lengths back in second on his latest start and testing conditions won't be a concern. RENDL BEACH won two Musselburgh bumpers for Peter Niven before gaining a runaway hurdling victory for Rebecca Curtis at Fontwell. He looked the likely winner for much of the way at Cheltenham in October but a mistake two out put paid to his chances and he faded over the 3m2f trip. This should be more to his liking and he can get back on the winning trail. Bit Of A Jig, runner-up in two Irish point-to-points, was a really impressive winner on his debut for Donald McCain at Carlisle and there's much more to come from him and neither Mitchell's Way nor William Money are out of what should prove an informative contest.