Jason Weaver: My top tips for Saturday’s Newmarket and Newcastle cards

The Weaver Shark twists and turns between the Durham and Suffolk tracks for his Saturday racing column, where Staxton could win a stack for you...


Newcastle – 12:20

Staxton had very high two-year-old form and on his two races this year the evidence is that he has trained on. His connections tried to stretch him out in the early part of the season but have now returned to sprinting. An excellent run back down over six furlongs in a big field at York last time will have put him spot-on for this and he makes his all-weather debut for a red hot team.

Newcastle – 12:55

Kimberella should have won this race last year when getting no luck throughout that contest and finishing very strongly. He is remarkably tough and consistent, is flexible regards tactics, and the course and distance suit him well. He can make amends in the Chipchase.

Newmarket – 13:10

Bred to be very good indeed, Impulsion is a half-sister to the top class sprinter Profitable. She enjoyed a very much bloodless victory at Goodwood bolting in by five lengths. She already comes out favourably on the ratings with only one start under her belt and she may just be a bit special.

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Newcastle – 13:30

Bedrock is already on his third trainer but seems to show no signs of stopping his improvement. Rated as high as 144 over hurdles he sits favourably handicapped on a mark of just 87 on the level. He’s coming off an easy win at Musselburgh and is only having his second try on the all-weather with Fran Berry is in the saddle.

Newmarket – 13:45

There is next to nothing between quite a few of the runners in here on ratings so we need to look at the jockey bookings to make a strong decision. World-class rider Gerald Mosse gets the call up for Sir Dancealot for the first time and that can produce the pinch of improvement needed to take this competitive group 3. Not disgraced at the highest level last time, he is going to appreciate the slightly easier company.

Newcastle – 14:05

Top Tug put up a very good performance at Royal Ascot and backs up fairly quickly in this prestigious Heritage handicap. He looks as if this test on the flat, will be absolutely perfect as previously he’s only gone as far as a 1m6f on the level. Added to that, he brings in a very impressive all-weather profile having run three times, winning twice and second once. He has to overcome a tricky draw but that is factored into the price and at 25/1 he’s each-way material.

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