Stoneham hasn’t run on the Flat since October, but ran the race of his life over hurdles when stepped up to 3 miles 2 furlongs at Musselburgh earlier this month and doesn’t look impossibly handicapped on the pick of his Flat form. Despite completing a hat-trick in the summer, his current rating of 67 means that he just sneaks into this Class 6 contest, albeit with the welter burden of 10 stone, and he looks a decent bet to resume winning ways. He’s won a couple of times on the Tapeta surface at Wolverhampton, so there appears no reason why he shouldn’t run his race. Apprentice Lewis Edmunds has been in cracking form recently, with six winners from his last 18 rides, and his 5lb claim will come in handy.
Selection: Newcastle 2.40 Stoneham to win