Surface key for Crosspark

Caroline Bailey is expecting the ground dries out so Crosspark can try to win the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase for a 2nd time at Newcastle.

The 11-year-old, who took this particular marathon contest in 2019, minds the weights for Saturday’s convention after 16 horses stood their own ground at the confirmation stage.

The plan is head to the particular north east as long as conditions aren’t too testing. The ground on Mon was described as soft, heavy within places, but the forecast is for dried out weather from the middle of the week.

Bailey does not want Crosspark to carry 11st 12lb on unacceptable ground.

“He’s match and ready to go if the ground is not really too heavy, ” said the Northampton trainer.

“With best weight, it would be too much.

“The forecast after tomorrow appears better, so we’ve got to be positive.

“He’s not a really big horse and he wouldn’t wish to carry that weight in heavy surface – but if it dries in order to soft, good to soft after that we’ll certainly consider it.

“It was good to smooth when he won it 2 yrs ago, but he was transporting a lot less and rated 15lb less than he is now. ”

Among the potential opposition is the John Ellison-trained Sam’s Adventure, winner from the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock.

Lucinda Russell might be two-handed with Big River plus Haul Us In, while Ben George has both Springfield Sibel and Boyhood in the reckoning.

Others in the mix are the Dutchman, Cyclop, Classic Ben plus David Pipe’s Little Red Lion, winner of three of their last four starts.