Locally trained runners have a habit of doing well at Newcastle and despite appearing to be somewhat more exposed than most, KIWI BAY still looks to be well handicapped on the pick of his form and we take Michael Dods' inmate to gain compensation for a recent defeat at Doncaster. Headed on the line on that occasion, it 's a pleasant surprise to see the handicapper not penalising him and the eight-year-old can gain an overdue victory. Keith Dalgleish has his string in good form and Sound Advice has to be respected. The gelding raced over an inadequate trip at Yarmouth and is 2lb lower tonight. Snooky can race with plenty of exuberance and has claims if the rain stays away. Newmarket raider, Elnadwa makes a step up in distance to take on more established campaigners while Robert The Painter and Seattle Drive have both been knocking on the door.
Dos Amigos (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) In touch in 4th, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Sound Advice 3-1fav (9-7) Raced far side led this trio, prominent with winner, joined centre group 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Azrael (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
It's A Mans World 28-1 (9-6) Mid-division, closed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 9th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd.
Snooky 4-1fav (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, every chance 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Awake My Soul (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led stands' side over 2f out and overall leader, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 19, 1 1/2l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Kiwi Bay 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 8, ns behind Bassara (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Seattle Drive (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Hakuna Matata (8-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Broctune Papa Gio 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind The Rectifier (10-0) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Elnadwa (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Ghanaian (9-4) at Salisbury 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Cono Zur (FR) 8-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Hakuna Matata (8-12) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, hung left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Outlaw Torn (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.