Halcon heads Eider field

Halcon Genelardais heads 28 entries for the totesport Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday.

Halcon Genelardais heads 28 entries for the totesport Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday.

The 10-year-old, trained by Alan King, would be seeking his first success since the Welsh National in December 2006.

Andrew Parker’s Merigo bids to repeat last year’s success in this stamina test after being disqualified from second place over hurdles at Warwick after jockey Dougie Costello weighed in light.

Another past Eider winner in the list is Philson Run, who won the race in 2006 when with Nick Williams.

Now aged 14 and trained by Sophie Leech, he has been back in training since the autumn with this race being the target for some time.

“He was originally brought back in to act as a lead for some of our younger horses but he was the worst behaved of the lot,” she said.

“With him being so lightly raced, we decided to put him back into full training. We feel he retains much of his ability and all of his enthusiasm and are looking forward to getting him back on the track.”

Other interesting entries include 2008 Scottish National hero Iris De Balme, Eric’s Charm, Ballyfort, Galant Nuit, Bold Ransom and Gypsy George.

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