18:15 Newcastle

32Red Casino Handicap (Class 5)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 6f
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: AllWeather
  • £5,500 added
  • Winner: £3,558
  • 2nd: £1,059
  • 3rd: £529
  • 4th: £265
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 12.97s
  • Off Time: 18:16:44
  • 7 Ran
Silk - Light blue, royal blue chevron and armlets

Alkashaaf (USA)

7 pt BFD
  • Form 541-334
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-9
  • Official Rating 77

tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well

Silk - White, maroon stripe, striped sleeves, light blue cap
  • Form 7247-1
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 76

led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on

Silk - Dark Green, Red epaulets and sleeves

Arzaak (IRE)

16 BF
  • Form 42422-3
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-7
  • Official Rating 75

tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, no impression with front pair

Silk - Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves
  • Form 932-225
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-2
  • Official Rating 70

pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, kept on same pace

Silk - Purple, light green cross belts and sleeves, purple cap, white star
  • Form 434126-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 67

held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous

Silk - Light Blue and Royal Blue (quartered), Royal Blue sleeves, Light Blue stars, Royal Blue cap, Light Blue star


  • Form 5753-52
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 67

tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms

Silk - Black, Emerald Green seams, Black sleeves, Emerald Green cap
  • Form 9649-27
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-2
  • Official Rating 56

tracked leaders, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong

In depth


A case can be made for all but JACK FLASH is arguably the one with most room for progression and can back up a hard-fought Lingfield maiden success last month. That was his first run for his current stable, having displayed plenty of promise for Ger Lyons in respectable Irish maiden company as a juvenile. His rider takes off a valuable 5lb and the son of Dark Angel can progress again and prove too good for this opposition. Alkashaaf and Arzaak are closely matched on previous running and demand attention, as does Hotfill who shaped well when runner-up here in similar company last time when runner-up to Spinwheel. He handles the synthetic surface here well and can emerge as the prime danger.


Alkashaaf (USA) 7-2jfav (9-4) Awkwardly away and slightly hampered start, switched right and mid-division on inside, headway on inner 2f out, ridden and one pace in 4th over 1f out, 4th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Marquee Club (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Jan.

Jack Flash (FR) 9-2 (8-12) Made all, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Dark Destroyer (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.

Arzaak (IRE) 6-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Roman Navigator (8-12) at Chelmsford City 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.

Things Happen 5-2fav (8-10) Went left start, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no extra and lost 4th close home, 5th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Espresso Freddo (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (6) pol in Jan.

Trick Of The Lyte (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6 1/2l behind Mutahaady (9-6) at Hamilton 6f (5) gs in Sep.

Hotfill 3-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Spinwheel (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.

Mr Strutter (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Keen, close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Cappananty Con (9-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.