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Paddy Power TV’s Graham Temple has given the Newcastle Card a close look and has come up with Friday’s Daily Double.
A very interesting sprint handicap this and there’s a couple of lively ones at decent prices that could get involved. The likes of Klopp for the in-form Anthony Brittain and Grandma, who’s returning to action following a wind op for Brian Ellison could get involved so a market check on both of those is advised. However, to start off our late Newcastle double I’m going to side with Jim Goldie’s Gleniffer.
This lightly raced five-year-old gelding remains a maiden after seven starts but ran very well when touched off by only a head over course and distance earlier this month by Swiss Connection. Goldie keeps faith in useful five pounds claimer Oliver Stammers and I expect him to press the button a little earlier tonight and reverse the form. Jim Goldie has a moderate strike rate on the all-weather this year which is a bit of a negative but then again one could say he’s well overdue a winner on this surface. I think Glennifer could well provide it.
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Nottingham based trainer David Brown is a man to stay the right side of when it comes to the older horses on the all-weather. He has a very respectable strike rate of 16% of winners with four-year-olds and older over the last five seasons and perhaps more impressive is the fact that almost half of the older horses he raced on the all-weather in that period have made the frame (43 out of the last 94). With these stats in mind I’m going to side with the in-form True Hero to fill our double tonight.
True Hero must defy a five pounds penalty for hosing up at Southwell a couple of weeks ago, but I think this five-year-old gelding is well capable of doing just that. He has experience of this track too having been beaten only a neck when second over course and distance here in June 2019. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kevin Stott try to make all on him tonight. The horse has been raced over further on a few occasions, so I don’t expect stamina to be an issue and you can rely on Stott to not be looking behind for dangers. It’ll take a good one to pass this consistent in-form gelding.
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