JUDICIAL is a serious sprinter who possesses a fantastic change of gear at the business end. He’s off the back of a cracking second at Newmarket, when nearly all of the runners were making all under fast conditions with a tail wind.
This lad did remarkably well to finish off a decent second having come from a little worse than mid-division. It may not look likely a furlong from home, but just wait until the turbo kicks in.
LORD RIDDIFORD has not got a bad overall profile on the all-weather and he’s not completely one-dimensional as in he doesn’t have to make the pace in the early stages.
There is plenty of boot in here, so he should be able to stalk the pace set by the blast-off merchant Ornate drawn next door in stall 8. He’s up a few pounds for his Chelmsford victory, but I reckon by the end of 2020 he may well be out of handicap company.
Out of the multiple Group 1 winning mare Snow Fairy, VIRGIN SNOW looked pretty good when winning at Haydock and strictly speaking, stepping up into group 3 company she has around 10lbs to find on the figures.
However, she looks well up to producing a career best on only her fourth lifetime start and she is in receipt of the 12lb weight for age allowance. I’m hoping we see something special.
In what looks so wide open Pittmans Derby, we are taking a swing on what I believe is a massively overpriced runner in the GLENCADAM GLORY. He was off a huge lay-off when running 13 days ago and that’s where the only problem lies in the bounce factor.
He travelled up well at Doncaster despite being a little keen and gassy in the early stages, and was left alone when he got tired. He’s got serious amounts of backlash in very good company and could yet prove another bargain purchase at the sales just 8,500 Guineas by young William Easterby.
BOCCACCIO is bidding to maintain his perfect 100% record and looks to have been very much underestimated by the handicapper as he starts this season on a rating of only 95.
He is yet to be fully extended in his two races to date and will be asked a much sterner question at headquarters. He looks well up to Class 2 handicap company.
LIMATO has been a superstar down the years and due to the fact that he has not been aggressively campaigned, there are still miles left in this lad yet.
The winner of this last season when going off towards the head of the market and this looks pretty much a mirror image of that. Kirby gets the leg up for the first time and I’m interested to see how the old boy goes for a bump and kick ride.
MAN OF THE NIGHT was far too keen in the early stages on his return at Newbury, but still managed to get into a challenging position with 2 furlongs to run.
He was caught in a little bit of a pocket and when he got tired on his return run. he wasn’t given a hard time by Ryan Moore. He’s going to hold a fitness edge on the likely favourite Thunderous and he may well fly under the radar from a price point of view.
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13:50 Newcastle – Judicial
14:25 Newcastle – Lord Riddiford
15:00 Newcastle – Virgin Snow
15:35 Newcastle – Glencadam Glory
14:05 Newmarket – Boccaccio
14:40 Newmarket – Limato
15:15 Newmarket – Man of the Night
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