Jason Weaver: Six of the best at Newcastle & Dundalk on Friday night

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Newcastle 17:15 – Commander Han

He’s not the easiest to win with – as his wins-to-runs ratio tells us. However, this is only his third start for the excellent Stuart Williams outfit and there is no doubting that he has loads of ability. Hopefully, his new handler can find the key to unlock his potential. His first step into handicap company was off a mark of 90 – so he’s not had things easy. He sits on a decent mark now and can be produced late by the excellent Sean Davis to go close here.

Newcastle 18:15 Arcavallo (each-way) 

Michael Dods’ runner has found himself pretty harshly handicapped from the get go but has been pretty consistent from a mark in the mid to low-80’s. He now finds himself on a lowly rating of just 65 and is only having his second try on the all-weather. He’s not drawn too well on the far side, so expect him to be dropped in behind, and back down in distance , he might get a slice of the pie or even win this at a big price.

Newcastle 18: 45 Kayat

David Simcock’s runner has had three qualifying runs and has gone off at a massive price on each occasion. This handicap debutant will now sit towards the top of the market and we can expect an improved display. He’s been gelded since we last saw him 139 days ago and also gets Dylan Hogan reducing his lenient looking mark of 65 by an extra 5lbs. A big run could be on the cards.

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Dundalk 18:00 Masalai

All three of Eddie Lynam’s charge’s wins have come on an artificial surface and he goes particularly well around this ballpark. He ended up not running when we put him up last week and let’s hope he’s over whatever kept him away from the racetrack then.

He has the tactical speed to get a position and that will be needed as he’s not been gifted a particularly decent draw in box 15. However, he remains on a winnable mark and can pick these up late on in the run to the line.

Dundalk 19:00 – Will Be King

He is now with his third trainer in Joseph O’Brien, but he’s definitely not at his ceiling rating at the moment. He looks on a very lenient-looking pitch of just 71 and is a course and distance winner at Fundalk. Stepping back up to 1m is absolutely perfect and young 7lb claimer on top, D.B. McMonagle, seems to have a bright future.

He was rated 78 at his peak and I’m sure that his new handler can get him back to that mark, at least.

Dundalk 20:30 – Tommy Taylor

Very nearly did as a favour on his first start for this team for weeks ago, he cost connections 34,000 Guineas and can still prove a decent purchase, he was a triple digit rated runner for some time finds himself very well handicapped and he’s only having his second try around here, he was punted into favouritism last time and this is not the type of outfit to leave it behind

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