Jason Weaver: This Highwayman looks a steal at 14/1 on Friday night

The Flat turf season comes to end on Saturday but top tipster Jason Weaver isn't going anywhere as he races into a regular slot under the Friday night lights ...

Jason Weaver


Thirlmere, Newcastle 6.15pm

He comes from a really good sprint trainer in Michael Dods and is related to a boat load of decent speedsters. It was a pleasing debut at Doncaster when not beating to far back in fourth. A cautionary look at the prelims may be in order before getting involved as she went to post early on her opening racecourse appearance. If they can keep a lid on her, there’s a chance she could be above average.

Ishigati, Dundalk 6:30pm

Dermot Weld’s low-mileage runner shouldn’t take long to get into the winner’s enclosure. She has been tried over a few different distances, but it does look as if the long sprint of 7 furlongs will suit her perfectly on Friday night. The Enforcer, Declan McDonogh, is on board.

Miss Bates, Newcastle 7.15pm

Was badly handicapped early on in her career after running close in some half-decent maidens. It’s taken her a while to find her right  and she runs here off the back of an excellent effort when beaten in a photo at 33/1 last month at this venue. Anne Duffield’s yard are  among he winners after a slow start.

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Guanabara Bay, Dundalk 7pm

Adrian McGuinness’ charge looked to be going through the motions for a little while prior to running much better the last twice. I wouldn’t worry too much about him being drawn out wide, as there is time to get back inside, down the back straight.

A good jockey can overcome a bad draw, and Shane Foley is hot right now.

Dandy Highwayman, Newcastle 8.15pm

He’s dropped like a stone in the handicap from a rating of 85 to 62. He’s also had a wind operation before his last start and it seemed to spark a revival for trainer Ollie Pears’ charge.

The second start after a wind operation is normally the best time to catch them and this looks winnable.

Russian Campaign, Dundalk 9pm

Kevin Prendergast’s filly was a pretty smooth winner when winning over 1m the last time at Fundalk. She’s not had many races so its unlikely that she’s at her rating ceiling and given her pedigree it seems she may well improve for the step up in distance.  With four other last-time out winners lining up, we may just get a decent price in the lucky last.

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