Newcastle's Saturday Preview - 01/12/2018

11:50 - Style De Vole

The first race from Newcastle is the Weatherbys General Stud Book 'Introductory' Juvenile Hurdle, with a few of these unraced maidens, including our selection Style De Vole.

Style De Vole won at Saint Cloud on his one start in France for Yannick Fouin, and has now been switched to Nicky Henderson's yard, with thanks to J.P McManus' investment fee.

Represents top yard who are in great form, Barry Geraghty rides.

12:25 - Marley Firth

Marley Firth was badly hampered on his chasing debut at Chepstow last time out, and a clearer passage can lead him to glory in the Equine Products UK Handicap Chase.

He was obstructed three from the finish when in with every chance, and lost all momentum falling back to ninth, but retains potential for the top partnership of the two Skelton's.

Great chance to put it right.

13:00 - Beakstown

Dan Skelton also has Beakstown in the next - the Weatherbys Racing Bank 'The French Furze' Novices' Hurdle, who holds leading claims in this.

Three runs so far, he made a winning start over hurdles at Uttoxeter a fortnight ago, having finished second in a good bumper at Kempton back in February.

More progression expected, and sets a high standard here.

13:35 - Polydora

Tom Lacey - who trains Thomas Patrick in the big one at Newbury this afternoon, can achieve some pre-race success from the North East with Polydora in the GVA Building Newcastles Future Chase.

A decent enough third in his first start over the larger obstacles at Aintree a month ago, which he can build on here. Won two of his five races over hurdles, and looks a strong candidate with good chasing credentials.

Big player.

14:05 - Buveur D’Air

The star hurdler of his generation, dual Champion Hurdler Buveur D'Air is back on the scene - where he reappeared twelve months ago, this time to bid for back-to-back Fighting Fifth Hurdles - Newcastle' afternoon feature.

Unbeaten in his last ten starts, he has only ever been beaten once over hurdles, and that was no disgrace when finishing third to Altior in the Supreme Novice back in 2016.

On the hunt for a third Cheltenham Festival success in the Day One feature, and can consolidate his strong claims with a winning return here.

14:40 - Chamagne Platinum

Nicky Henderson could achieve further success at Newcastle with Champagne Platinum who sports the same colours as Fighting Fifth hopeful - Buveur D'Air.

The 4yo lines up in the Ryder Architecture EBF 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle, with his one win coming from a point-to-point in Ireland at Quakerstown.

Now with a top yard, he must be highly thought of with J.P splashing the cash, and an interesting prospect.

15:20 - Sharp Response

The final race from Newcastle, is the Listed BetVictor Rehearsal Handicap Chase, in which Sue Smith can claim a gold medal with Sharp Response.

Cheltenham seemed a bit too got last time, but the Carlisle win before-hand surely stands him in good stead and a good chance of success here.

Lots to prove, but solid each way claims.