A surprisingly small turnout for the opener and we think that RUN TO SPACE can take the spoils at the expense of King Of The Arctic and Justtheoneforyou. The selection caught the eye on his reappearance bow and suggested that he might need further than the trip he raced over. Although he may have preferred a little more give in the ground; Newcastle seems to be plenty testing enough and we are hopeful that his stamina will be brought into play. John Wade's horses are running well so King Of The Arctic is worthy of inclusion on the shortlist. Trip and going suit and the handicapper does finally seem to be allowing him a little bit of respite. Justtheoneforyou has taken on a number of the top novices up North. He ran respectably enough behind Lease Lend at the course and could be capable of improvement. Pamak D'Airy is a previous winner at Newcastle and can make race fitness count this afternoon. Something Silver is tried in cheekpieces rather than the visor he ordinarily wears. The booking of Graham Lee is interesting. Et Maintenant appeared progressive over two miles last season though his two runs this term have been a little below par. Not easy to discount many in this field and for the winner, we return to RUN TO SPACE.
King Of The Arctic (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Held up, raced keenly, headway after 4th, not fluent 10th, close 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, jumped slowly and weakened last, 5th of 8, 12l behind Nelson's Spice (11-11) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Et Maintenant (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Justwhateverulike (10-1) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 7-2 (11-3) Held up, mistake 5th, effort 4 out, went second approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 18l behind Bench Warrent (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov chs 0-120 (3) sft.
Justtheoneforyou 11-4 (11-6) Held up, chased winner after 5 out, one pace, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Lease Lend (11-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Run To Space 7-2 (11-7) Mid-division, hampered and lost place 6th, reminders next, outpaced 4 out, rallied to chase leaders approaching last, kept on to go 3rd flat, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Bob's Dream (10-13) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Crackadee 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, struggling halfway, 7th of 12, 50l behind Darina's Boy (10-5) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Shelomoh (IRE) 10-3 (11-1) Held up, headway 5 out, led approaching 3 out, kept on under pressure from last, won at Newcastle 2m 5yo nov hcp (4) hvy in Jan beating Toulouse Express (10-1) by 1l, 10 ran.
Something Silver 11-8fav (11-4) Led, hit 9th, headed approaching 4 out, ridden and every chance when not fluent last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Vicario (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.