Jason Weaver: May the Force be with you at 11/2 at Newcastle on Friday

Not even the big freeze can stop the Weaver Shark under the Friday night lights and he likes the look of Executive Force at Newcastle (18.15)...


17:45 Porrima, Newcastle

She put up a good performance when winning by a small margin on her return from a five-month absence, just a week ago. It makes sense to come out again so quickly with just a penalty with the Ben Haslam team in such good form.

It’s only a small field but a high stands-side draw looks a positive given recent results.

18:00 Ming, Dundalk

After winning his maiden here at Fundalk, he has been thrown in the deep end by Joseph O’Brien but acquitted himself very well.

He twice dipped his toe into Grade 1 company and ran with credit,

This looks a very good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways in handicap company.

18:15 Executive Force, Newcastle

The five-year-old finds himself very well handicapped, having slid all the way down from the triple-digit rating. He’s off the back of a break having given his last race away at the starting stalls when slowly away and didn’t get the clearest of passages,

This is his first try at at Newcastle but the track will suit and the ‘Mighty Atom’ Franny Norton takes over in the saddle.


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19:30 Masalai, Dundalk

His sole victory so far has come at this venue for trainer Eddie Lynam. He’s pretty decent when coming back off a break and this time there is an added difference – he returns as a gelding!

A reproduction of his short-head defeat behind Alfirak would make him very tough to beat in this spot.

19:45 Sovereign State, Kempton

Makes the long trek to Newcastle all the way from Devon! This very shrewd outfit have only had a couple of runners so far this season, so it’s a bit of a guessing game from a form perspective. What we do know is the selection has dropped down the handicap and also they take off a valuable 7lbs as well with Jessica Cooley riding. That effectively drags his mark down to 42. This looks like last chance saloon time to get a win on the board.

20:30 Ken’s Sam’s, Dundalk

The six-year-old zipped in here over the flying 5f for a comfortable success two starts back and followed that with an excellent effort when narrowly denied over Friday’s 6f trip at Newcastle.

He was only nudged up 2lbs for that excellent effort should not be enough to stop the continued run of form for his hot handler Ado McGuinness.

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