Jason Weaver: 6 best bets under the Friday night lights

It wouldn't be Friday without some Weaver fever.

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Newcastle 17:45 First Response

This lad has taken an instant liking to the straight mile at Newcastle since coming over from Ireland, delve a little deeper and look at his form when beating a decent type of Marco Botti’s in Geizy Teizy & he still looks very well treated, confidence is up of the back of another success at his favourite venue and he can climb a little higher up the ladder yet.

Newcastle 18:45 Siena Mia

In a six-race career to date, she has gradually got shorter in the betting including when running over course and distance. Admittedly she was a little disappointing, but a look at the first few home will tell you that hold-up horses were at a big advantage and she helped force too strong a gallop.

Ben Curtis cannot stop riding winners and trainer Philip Kirby is in red-hot form.

Dundalk 19:30 Sky Moon

Peter Fahey’s runner was a massive eye-catcher last time after being very slowly away and made up a lot of ground to finish a never-nearer fourth, Wayne Lordan takes over in the saddle and the ‘Pocket Rocket’ can get the job done. He is drawn a little wide in stall 13 so expect him to be played late.

At least over this 1m trip he has some time to sort himself out if they decide to come in from the outside berth and jockey-for-position early.

Newcastle 19:15 Saltie Girl

David Barron’s filly didn’t show a lot in her early races, but after an absence of 149 days she attracted plenty of support over the mile at Southwell. Burnt fingers were the order of the day on that occasion and she duly went off a big price last time.

However she showed plenty of ability to suggest a race like this is well within her compass. Dropping down to 6f on this stiff track is bound to suit and jockey-of-the-moment, Ben Curtis, is back on board.

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Dundalk 20.00 Tribal Path

The old boy has been chopping and changing stables recently, but undoubtedly goes best for trainer Damian English. He’s been in winning form recently and catches the eye on what is still a very lenient mark on his best form.

Most importantly, he is drawn in stall four over this tricky 6 furlong start.

That should see him get a perfect pull into the race.

Dundalk 20:30 Lightning Charlie

It’s not that long ago that this lad was winning a fairly competitive contest over this distance at Kempton on a rating of 83! He now sets off for one of the shrewdest outfits on the circuit, 20lb below that winning mark. He’s been handed a decent draw and the JJ Feane team reach for the eye-shield first time, to get him to face any kick-back.

That could just prove the key to success.

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