1.20 Newcastle – CADEYRN (nap)
The selection, trained by Michael Scudamore, is a son of Flemensfirth who showed promise in bumpers last term, following a debut third at Haydock with a hard-fought success on testing ground at Chepstow in December 2016, though he met with defeat under a penalty at Towcester a couple of months later (raced on the worst of the ground). Following a rather muted reappearance/hurdling debut at Carlisle in November, he offered much more in a 2m 3½f maiden hurdle at Chepstow earlier this month, racing in behind the leaders until losing his position on the approach to the home straight, rallying well for pressure and staying on nicely from before the last to finish fourth behind Diablo De Rouhet (beaten 6½ lengths). This gelding has looked an out-and-out stayer on all starts so far, losing his pitch between the fourth and third last flights last time but responding well for pressure in the straight, going on well close home. The additional two and a half furlongs he encounters here can only help, and his handler boasts a very respectable 42 per cent strike-rate when sending one to this track; with the testing ground holding no fears for him, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Flemensfirth make it third time lucky over timber.