Race of the Day: Documentation Happens in Hot Newcastle Handicap for Team Kevin Frost | Race News

Alan Thomson returns with his analysis of Newcastle’s race of the day, as well as a big race verdict.

I follow the Sky Sports Racing cameras to Newcastle where the 7f Spreadex Sports Best Odds On Sunderland Handicap is set at 4.45. Ten runners compete for the top prize of £13,085.

The preparatory work

The forward gear is standard-to-slow and all nine races are on the straight course.

The horses shipped north by Simon and Ed Crisford are worth noting as the yard boasts a 63% strike rate with ten winners out of 16 riders.

The race should be at a strong canter as Azano, Zip and Larado have cut the race in the past.

Main contenders


Kevin Frost’s five-time Lingfield winner makes his Gosforth Park debut and arrives here after success at Wolverhampton 18 days ago.

Jack Mitchell, who has a 24% strike rate here, keeps the ride and Documenting won a 3-pounder perch more last November.

first leaf

Made his all-weather debut in a six-stadium Condition Stakes at Kempton in early October and posted a fine third at Mutafawwig.

James Ferguson’s four-year-old was not beaten far the following month as he finished fifth behind Apollo One after a wide draw on a return visit to the track. Produced a cracking sixth against Rohaan in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot and is now travel enhanced.

Bass player

Heavily tried after making a successful debut at Doncaster in April and was beaten within five lengths by Pogo in a Group 3 contest at Newmarket in June.

Tom Clover’s three-year-old was beaten by Koy Koy on a return trip to HQ the following month and was tried over a mile at Kempton in late September, finishing fourth in the race won impressively by Positive Impact .

Clearly of reciprocal interest at tasty odds if you’re willing to take a 65 day break.

Hafeet Alain

The Ed Walker six-year-old showed his best form on synthetic surfaces, scoring over a mile at Lingfield in February and posting three place efforts at Wolverhampton and Kempton last winter.

Made a satisfying return to action after a long 245-day absence by running sixth, beaten by less than four lengths, at Lingfield nearly three weeks ago. Usually mounted with restraint.


Confirmed forerunner, Jason Watson will try to take full advantage of his stalling ground near the stands rail.

David O’Meara’s gelding won at Redcar in mid-July but must step up on his latest outing as he was last of five riders at Lingfield 13 days ago.


Had some lengths to spare over So Proud when winning here over six furlongs in June and was not far beaten when fourth at Asjad over six furlongs extended from Doncaster in September.

Julie Camacho’s gelding wasn’t so good on this longer trip to Musselburgh in October, but is just arriving after a 53-day break.

Spirit of Nguru

Represents the powerful William Haggas-Cieren Fallon partnership and was last seen in fifth after Raising Sand at Ascot in late September.

Seems to perform better in all weathers, scoring twice at Kempton last November/December so needs to be respected. The team sent the favorite Boosala for this 12-month race (beaten in the blink of an eye by Lord Of The Lodge).

The Turpinator

Made his debut for the Grant Tuer yard after winning twice earlier this year at Kempton and Goodwood for Tom Ward.

The five-year-old also scored at Kempton as a minor when in David Elsworth’s custody and market signals could point to stable expectations after a 58-day absence.


Given a break from his neck win over Lord Rapscallion at Epsom in late August and arrives here in fine form after two recent runs at Chelmsford City and Southwell.

Mick Appleby’s gelding, a winner in Ireland for Joseph O’Brien, has raced in the past and can help force the canter.


Took full advantage of his drop mark to score on deep ground in the November game at Doncaster and Richard Fahey’s roan gelding should remain competitive with a top mark of 4lbs, especially with Tyler Heard taking off 3lbs.

Zip is a former two-time Newcastle winner and the team notched a hat-trick at Wolverhampton last Saturday.

The verdict

William Haggas is operating at a 35% strike rate at Newcastle this year and SPIRIT OF NGURU should get a good tow in the race.

It seems to lack instantaneous shifting so a strong canter would be beneficial. The documentation is drawn in stall one, so Jack Mitchell will have to look for cover on the likely favorite.


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