Today's racecards

Newcastle

  • 16:10 Mussel Club Handicap Chase2m 110y

  • Winner £2,144 2nd £630 3rd £315 4th £157
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 47.30s
  • Off time: 16:10:19
16:10 Newcastle Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vardas Supreme (IRE) 6/1
2nd Sleep In First (FR) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F6-U443 DARK GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves Or d'Oudairies (FR) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-12 t Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 92 8/19.00
2 503352 LIGHT BLUE, BROWN epaulets, hooped sleeves Prince Tam 26
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-8 p Mrs H O Graham Gary Rutherford (5) 88 9/25.50
3 P/43-PF4 Red, Black stars, sleeves and star on cap Fightstar (FR) 34
Nag me
9 11-6 p Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 86 7/18.00
4 023363 Pink, purple striped sleeves, purple cap Vardas Supreme (IRE) 34
Nag me
10 11-5 pt Miss J E Foster Ryan Mania 85 6/17.00
5 78-P313 Purple, White triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, quartered cap Avanos (FR) 208
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-3 P A Kirby R McGrath 83 5/16.00
6 1435-04 Light blue, white disc, halved sleeves, white cap Transact (IRE) 36
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-1 p M Todhunter Graham Watters (7) 81 14/115.00
7 77P-43F Dark Blue, Emerald Green spots and sleeves, Red cap Sleep In First (FR) 35
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 11-1 J Ewart B Hughes 81 2/13.00
Non runners
8907-34FLittle Jimmy610-8T R GrettonFelix De Giles74

Verdict

Transact won this narrowly a year ago from Prince Tam but arrives badly out of form and the runner-up can turn the tables. Sleep In First has been heavily supported in his last three races and may have justified the confidence at Musselburgh last time but for falling. He must be thought capable of better while another last-time faller, Little Jimmy, was in the process of running his best race to date at Folkestone in December and has plenty of improvement in him. Or d'Oudairies has won once in 24 starts over fences despite slipping down the ratings and Vardas Supreme is still a maiden after 18 career starts. It's a long time since AVANOS ran but a chance is taken on his fitness as he scored over hurdles from this mark in July and ran well enough on his chasing debut a week later.