December 13th, 2018

Brian’s Afternoon Rides at Newcastle

12.10 Dolly’s Dot

Ran a couple of good races in the spring including a win at Sedgefield in March. The last three outings have been disappointing including the latest at Market Rasen a week ago. She needs to improve considerably to get into contention

Main Danger

Recent winner Murchison looks the one to beat.

12.40 Airdrigh

Still a maiden after 15 rules attempts, showed his best bit of form at Hexham 22 days ago when finishing fourth beaten under 12 lengths in first time tongue strap. He needs further improvement to make the frame today.

Main Danger

Diggin Deep was a runaway winner at Musselburgh 17 days ago and despite the 10 pound hike may be difficult to peg back.

1.45 The Vocalist

A bumper winner for me at Cartmel in April last year, has her first outing forthe Keith Dalgleish yard after a break of 315 days having transferred from Nicky Henderson. She won a hurdle in January and is a consistent mare having finished second in her other three starts. I hope she takes well to the larger obstacles and gets into contention.

Main Danger

More experienced chasers Hawk High and Stowaway Magic are the ones to beat.

2.55 Blakerigg

Won impressively for me at Ayr 40 days ago finishing six lengths clear. This was his first outing since wind surgery and I hope he puts in another big run today. He is nine pounds higher but the stable is in good form with a double for me yesterday and he has every chance.

Main Danger

Irish Raider Boston Spray and Overworkdunderpaid are the main rivals.

3.25 Bally Conor

Put in a good effort when I was on board for his debut outing at Southwell in May and won well at Ayr on second start in Mid November in a similar contest. He is a nice horse by Presenting and I hope he can defy the penalty.

Main Danger

Bon Calvados a well bred newcomer appears the one to beat.