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"Beaten only three times in his 13-race career – with all three defeats coming at Nottingham – doubters will argue that he is less effective when drawn in trap one."
Ice On Fire unbeaten in his last four races, which included victory in the Puppy Classic final at Nottingham, can provide trainer Jimmy Fenwick with another big race success in the feature All England Cup final (20:53) this time around his local track.
Beaten only three times in his 13-race career - with all three defeats coming at Nottingham - doubters will argue that he is less effective when drawn in trap one having been beaten both times when he has carried the red jacket. While that argument may carry weight in the Select Stakes, his last gasp defeat in the Puppy Classic heats less so.
Ice can Fire up the inside
The only unbeaten finalist - he has won all four races he has contested at Newcastle - he will edge away from the rails from this draw but so too will Nadurra Dutch, a threat if repeating his first-round split albeit the percentage call deems that less than likely. But even if the Scottish runner did happen to trap the selection's likely control of the inside should allow him to sweep round the bend in front which would make him very difficult to pass.
Roxholme Jim showed impressive pace up to the turn last week and rates a more serious rival even if the presence of Payyaway Kane edging in could have a say in that particular matter.
We're keeno on Zeno
Unexposed Zeno has a clear advantage on the clock after the Great North Run heats and back in the same trap four box is hard to look past in the final (19:42) with Gary Ferguson's charge taken to make all the running. The same kennel's Ivar stands out in the Puppy final (19:09) in the belief he can trap as sharply as he did when recording a much-improved effort in the heats.
The Angel of The North final (20:13) is a more difficult call but one which Vatican Saab, quickest of the three heat winners, can emerge on top in for Pat Rosney. With Bramble Annece expected to edge left the selection can steer a clear path around the outside and confirm heat form with Greenwell Jean, an impressive winner over the CD the previous week with the Scottish Derby finalist also open to further improvement after her seasonal rest.
Droopys Back Up blotted his own copybook in the heats of that event when missing the up which may have been down to the switch back from Belle Vue where he had trialled previously. Generally consistent at the traps other than that he can prove the point by obliging in a supporting puppy contest (18:22).
Fadesandblades looks up to winning a maiden (18:39) for Gary Carmichael after establishing strong form in A1 events.
Droopys Back Up To Win 18:22 1*
Fadesandblades 18:39 1*
Ivar To Win 19:09 1*
Zeno To Win 19:42 2*
Vatican Saab To Win 20:13 1*
Ice On Fire To Win 20:44 2*