It’s time to rock and roll for these horses that have been spinning their wheels waiting for the resumption of racing.
We’ve got another 10-race card at Newcastle on Tuesday and I’ve picked five tips for you that I believe are real live ones.
Let’s get down to the selections folks, after all that’s what you are her for. The very best of luck and isn’t it great to be back.
AMPLIFICATION looked a sure-fire winner when second after not being unduly punished at Newcastle in February. The handicapper put him up 3lbs for that run so he must have been impressed too. I believe stepping up in trip will suit and this horse is the real deal one in obviously a competitive handicap.
DARK VISION ran in last year’s 2000 Guineas, even though some of his form was patchy last season and he has slipped in the ratings because of it. I reckon his trainer Mark Johnston will have him ready, so this could be the time to pounce. Firmament is the one I fear most.
This race could be dominated by Cheveley Park stud-owned horses. They have two of the story fancies in the betting, Jean Baptiste and CUSTODIAN. Jean Baptiste has been gelded, he looked like he needed it as I thought should have won last time at Kempton. If gelding gets him to be mature he could have a lot of improving in him.
Custodian on the other hand is solid, his win at Ayr last year was a full of promise and he looks like a horse that could be better for the winter on his back. Custodian is the safe option here, just beware though if the money keeps coming for Jean Baptiste.
Mubakker is all the rage for Sir Michael Stoute and his easy defeat of subsequent Ayr Gold Cup winner Angel Alexander at Wolves reads very well. I like COSMIC LAW at the prices too, he is a cracking each-way bet. This son of No Nay Never ran a good second at Chester first time out last year and finished second here on plate day.
There are two divisions of a two-year-old maiden now and trainers have had to nominate horses that they feel deserve preference in getting a run. Mark Johnston was given 11 nominations and MUTAZAWWED features in his list.
This son of Muhaarar is out of Muteela who Johnston trained to win first time up at Lingfield. Strike Red is another Richard Fahey obviously likes, as he is one of his eight nominated two-year-olds. My preference remains for Mutazawwed though.
Emirati Dirham struck me at first as this horse is related to Stake a Claim who did well as a 2yo. However, John Quinn has only one nominated two-year-old and this isn’t it!
Richard Fahey, as I said, has eight and INTERNATIONALDREAM is one of them, so merits respect. Digital represents Kevin Ryan and this son of Kodi Bear could also be the answer in a tricky little affair to sort. You could get a real surprise here.
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