Eider Chase Preview

Kimberlite Candy, in the noseband, in a Midlands PTP in 2016

Alan Marron previews the Eider Chase – Newcastle, Saturday, Feb 23rd, post time: 2.40pm

The Eider Chase takes place over a gruelling 4m 1f at Newcastle racecourse and is easily seen as another trial for the Aintree Grand National.

Comply Or Die in 2008 is the most recent example of the winner of this race going on to land the Merseyside Marathon that same season.

I will take a look at some of the key trends and then give two selections with solid ew chances.

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  • 12/15 Carried 11-0 or more
  • 11/15 Ran within the last four weeks
  • 9/15 Rated between 131-140
  • 13/15 Aged 10 or younger

Kimberlite Candy:

The most noticeable thing about this horse is that the race comments state he stays on well towards the end of his races.

Last time out he ran in a hot renewal of the masters handicap chase at Sandown where he was very well placed throughout, got a little outpaced and then stayed on well without being able to challenge close home.

When he won at Chepstow back in April 2018 he stayed on well to win and this is why I think the Eider Chase is tailor-made for him. The booking of Richie McLernon is also a good thing as he is the sort of jockey who will get his horse into a rhythm and switch him off at the back of the field and come through with a winning run.

Kimberlite Candy is also a course winner over hurdles back in 2016 so that is another positive in relation to course form.

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Rock On Fruity:

This horse is in a rich vein of form of late with both his recent wins coming at Newcastle.

Previously trained by Charles Byrnes, Ben Haslam has now found the key with this horse and he could progress even further this weekend with a good run.

Like Kimberlite Candy he is owned by JP Mc Manus. Alain Cawley knows this horse well as he won on him at Newcastle on the 22nd of December. The distance might be a big question but for me I think he could be switched off out the back and come through late and catch the toiling leaders.

His Irish form when with Charles Byrnes was good as he contested races such as the Midlands National in Kilbeggan and the Munster National in Limerick. His price is a bit on the high side considering he is in a bit of form this season. A definite each way player if he stays.

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