Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Winner Top Tip

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Winner Top Tip

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Harchibald, ante-post favourite for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle, heads a list of seven declared for the Stan James Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day.

Noel Meade's Irish raider is as low as 9-2 with William Hill for the Cheltenham Festival and a win at Kempton would reinforce his position at the head of the market.

The five-year-old, an impressive winner of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on his last start, will face a tough challenge though with former champion hurdler Rooster Booster his chief rival.

Howard Johnson's exciting novice Arcalis is an interesting contender after his facile success at Newcastle last week but he will be having just his third start over hurdles.

Paul Nicholls' Elite Hurdle winner Perouse will bid to atone for a disappointing run last time while Francois Doumen sends Blue Canyon from France.

Henrietta Knight switches Impek back to hurdles while the Steve Gollings-trained Castleshane completes the line-up.

Only three were taken out of the race at today's final declaration stage, Brave Inca, Nawamees and Yeoman Lad. …

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