The going for Newcastle on Wednesday at the time of writing is good to soft, soft in places, with two of our three representatives not wanting it to dry out anymore.
First up at 2.05.pm, in division 1 of the 0-100 novices handicap hurdle over two miles and four furlongs is the evergreen The Resdev Way, who is currently thriving on his recent flat exploits, having won at Lingfield at the end of January. The Resdev Way is the winner of 10 of his 71 flat races, but is yet to place in any of his eight hurdles races. Since joining us in October 2020 The Resdev Way has only ran once over the jumps, when finishing fifth at Newcastle just over a year ago. He is well handicapped over the jumps with a mark of 76, compared to his most recent winning mark of 55 on the flat. Becky Smith who won on him at Lingfield will be in the saddle.
Our recent Wetherby winner Trac, who gave his owner Randall Orchard his 100th winner last month goes to post for division 2 of the handicap hurdle at 2.40.pm, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride. That was the horses sixth start for us since arriving from France, prior to winning he had struggled for form which saw his mark drop from 103 to 78. Trac was doing his best work at the business end of the race at Wetherby on heavy ground last time, so probably wouldn't want the surface to dry out. He will race from a 5lb higher mark this time.
The softer the ground the better for Geryville, who will face just three rivals at 3.15.pm, in a 0-140 handicap chase over two miles and seven furlongs, with his regular jockey Alain Cawley in the saddle. Geryville was a 12 lengths winner at Wetherby in October, and probably bettered that from a 10lb higher mark at the same track next time when finishing second. He has also finished runner up on both of his last two starts, where the ground just wasn't soft enough. He is a well handicapped horse from his current mark of 117, but the ground will be the defining factor.
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Good luck to the connections, Resdev, Randall Orchard & Partners, and R M Howard.