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LLEYTON TO MAKE HIS NEWCASTLE DEBUT ON SATURDAY.

At the age of nine Lleyton has never been in better form. During his five season career to date he has raced out of three other yards, and competed in six disciplines including running in a point to point, and making four appearances over fences under rules.

Lleyton joined us in October of last year and has run four times to date, all at Wolverhampton.He made a winning debut for us, followed by an unlucky second the next time, but got back on track with a career best performance in December when cruising clear to win by eight lengths over 14 furlongs. The one blot came last time when stepping up in grade off a 4lb higher mark over the same trip, but he should have still been more competitive. The chances are that the race may have come too soon, being just a week after his win.

Lleyton will now have to race off an 8lb higher mark, due to his new handicap mark kicking in, as he once again faces class 4 company, in what looks a slightly less competitive race than last time. More of a concern could be the drop back to an extended 12 furlongs, although this is a stiffer track than Wolverhampton. A fast run race is essential to bring out the best in him, and his regular jockey Oliver Stammers is once again in the saddle, at 4.05.pm.

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Good luck to the connections, Pauline And Camilla Southerington.

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