Today's racecards

Newcastle

  • 15:40 IJF John Oaksey Memorial Handicap Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 20.10s
  • Off time: 15:40:12
15:40 Newcastle Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Galway Jack (IRE) 7/2
2nd Badger Foot (IRE) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1FF-612 Green, Gold hoop and sleeves, check cap Zaru (FR) 97
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-12 J Ewart Dale Irving (7) 130 7/24.50
2 511633 Light Blue and Black (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black cap Rossini's Dancer 55
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-11 p N W Alexander Mr Kit Alexander (7) 129 18/119.00
3 484521 Dark Green and Yellow (halved), striped sleeves, Yellow cap Galway Jack (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 Mrs Caroline Bailey A Thornton 128 7/24.50
4 044111 Yellow and White (quartered), Yellow sleeves, White armlets, Yellow cap Mitchell's Way 12 (ex7)
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-9 G A Swinbank P J Brennan 120 4/15.00
7 72-15U5 DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap You Know Yourself (IRE) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-3 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 121 8/19.00
8 332591 Red, White Cross of Lorraine, Red sleeves, White spots Categorical 24
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-2 K G Reveley J Reveley 120 13/27.50
9 151332 Dark Blue, White sash, White cap Badger Foot (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-6 t Miss Lucinda V Russell Craig Nichol (5) 110 9/25.50
Non runners
533F-51PDiocles (IRE)811-7D McCain JnrNon Runner125
64-651PPKealigolane (IRE)1011-6F P MurtaghLucy Alexander124

Verdict

Mitchell's Way is in a rich vein of form having won a jumpers' bumper before scoring over fences at Sedgefield and Carlisle. Rossini's Dancer won at Hexham and Aintree in the autumn and has his sights lowered again here while Categorical and Galway Jack are recent winners, though the latter was only fifth when Zaru chased home BADGER FOOT over track and trip in December. The runner-up is a couple of pounds better off today but that may not be enough to turn the tables on Lucinda Russell's gelding, who has proved much more consistent this season. He gets the vote though Diocles and You Know Yerself wouldn't be without a chance on their best form.