With the weather the way it is at the moment, we cannot bank on either Newcastle or Doncaster going ahead, with freezing conditions being the main culprit. At Newcastle the going is currently soft, good to soft in places, while at Doncaster it is good, good to soft in places.
Geryville stays forever, as he proved when staying on in to second place at Market Rasen in the 'Linconshire National' on Boxing Day last year, from a 3lb lower mark than now. This race is nowhere near as competitive as that race was, and he will relish every yard of this extended three miles and five furlong slog. He runs at 1.20.pm, at Newcastle in the 0-135 handicap chase, with Harry Reed, who was last on board on Boxing Day, back in the saddle.
At Doncaster we will be represented by Foster'sisland, who goes to post at 2.41.pm, for the 0-135 handicap hurdle, over the extended two miles and three furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston who has won on him on four previous occasions in the saddle. Foster'sisland who is still 3lb above his last winning mark, made his seasonal debut at Carlisle 27 days ago when showing up well, until lack of a recent run took it's toll. Foster'sisland is the model of consistency, and he should once again play a part.
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Good luck to the connections, R M Howard, and The Oakwood Nobels.