We send four up to Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon, where the going is currently stated as good to soft, soft in places.
Isabel De Clare will make her racecourse debut in the first at 1.15.pm, on the all weather Tapeta surface, in the mares only bumper, over two miles, with Billy Garritty taking the ride. Isabel De Clare is by the Group 3 winning stallion Passing Glance, out of a mare who stayed two mile and five furlongs over jumps, and has to date produced two above average winners from her three previous racecourse representatives.
Lincoln Burrows will face 16 rivals in a maximum field at 1.50.pm, in the 0-100 conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, over two miles and six furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston on board for the first time. Lincoln Burrows was a solid third at Ayr four weeks ago, which was a return to form, after three below par efforts, since winning at Newcastle over two miles, back in April of last year, from the same mark as now.
We are doubly represented at 2.25.pm, in the 0-100 handicap chase over two miles. Brickadank who will have the champion jockey Brian Hughes in the saddle to help him, remains a maiden under all codes, including his seven attempts over fences. Brickadank is now rated at his lowest yet at 68, and is fortunate that he doesn't have to run from out of the handicap.
Our other runner in the race is the ex French Contre Ordre, who got off the mark for us on his penultimate start at Sedgefield back in November. He has since raced again at that track on Boxing Day, when not quite performing to the same level, for which he has been dropped 1lb, Contre Ordre will be ridden by Emma Smith-Chaston, who has been on board for all of his last six starts, and he remains 4lb above his last winning mark.
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Good luck to the connections, Keep The Faith Partnership, K Jardine R Griffiths D Boyce, A & S Associates, Newroc & Co.