GG editor Tom Aldridge runs through the full card, giving his selections for all nine races on the card, including one he’s keen on at tempting odds in the feature (2.50pm).
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12.30pm – Gamble Responsibly At BetUK Apprentice Handicap (Class 6)
There’s every reason to believe HILL STATION can follow up his last time out victory at Wolverhampton with another AW success here. His last two runs have seen a marked improvement in performance and I’m keen to continue to side with him whilst in this form, esepcially considering jockey Olivia Tubb’s 3lb claim virtually negates the 4lb rise for that last time out win. The apprentice jockey is having a solid season (17% strike-rate this season) and she’s one of the best jockeys in this race, so partnered with the in-form horse, they look a solid option.
1.05pm – BetMGM Take Time Out During #SGWeek23! EBF Restricted Novice Stakes (Div I – Class 4)
There’s only about 3-4 horses in here that look to have a serious chance of winning this, and of those it’s surely going to pay to side with MAHATO, who won impressively on debut and should be able to defy a penalty to remain unbeaten. Despite running green and wandering in the closing stages, he still managed to win going away and the runner-up has since filled the same position in a better race, to slightly boost that form. Jockey Adam Farragher’s 3lb claim slightly negates the penalty, but regardless of that the Zouster colt should have too much class for his rivals here, espcially with trainer William Haggas in red-hot form currently.
1.40pm – Take Time Out During #SGWeek23! EBF Restricted Novice Stakes (Div II – Class 4)
Trainer George Boughey has had more winners this season at Newcastle than he has had at any other racecourse, and he’s sending one horse on the 9 hour round trip here on Tuesday – FOURONEOHFEVER. He made a pleasing debut when finishing a close up third at Wolverhampton earlier this month, when finishing well ahead of the remainder, and with that experience under his belt I’m expecting him to go even closer on Tuesday. He does have to give weight to all but one of his rivals, but if he puts his experience to good use I can see him going extremely close.
2.15pm – Set Deposit Limits At BetUK Novice Stakes (Class 5)
This is surely the race that SILVRETTA finally sheds her maiden tag. She’s hit the crossbar in her last three races, and the form of those races has been working out nicely, notably her runner-up effort behind the now Group 2 winner Sumo Sam last year. She’s returned this year with two excellent efforts and was perhaps unlucky not to win last time out, when jockey Oisin Muprhy dropped his whip in the run-in. P J McDonald takes over the reigns here and connections have found her the perfect race to finally gain that elusive first win. She’s a short price but she should win this relatively comfortably.
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2.50pm – Use Safer Gambling Tools At BetUK Handicap (Class 3)
The feature race on the cards looks a great race to have a bet on, and I’m willing to take on the market leader Primeval, who was comfortably beaten on handicap debut last time out. The one I want to side with is Kevin Ryan’s HELLO QUEEN, who has won three of her six races, including one over C&D back in March. She returned from a short break to finish third in a decent class 2 Fillies’ race at Pontefract back in September and this drop in trip could be enough to see her back in the winners enclosure. Her record in class 3 or lower company reads 4111, with the fourth coming on debut when hampered, and I think she looks a solid option to win this at tempting odds.
3.25pm – Stay In Control At BetMGM Handicap (Class 5)
I really like the chances of ROCKET ROD in this, who had a nightmare route here last time out and can go close with a clear passage. He had to switch multiple times to find a clear path and did well to finish three legnths off the winner, and he’s now 6lb better off with the runner-up Sandret, which should be enough to reverse that form. Jonny Peate is riding incredibly well of late (3 winners from last 4 rides) and has a good record on board Rocket Rod, so his 3lb claim is excellent value here. I think he looks the best E/W bet on the card, with multiple bookies offering four places.
3.55pm – BetMGM – Stay Golden With Responsible Play Handicap (Class 6)
Trainer Michael Herrington has won with her last two runners, and he sends one of them back out here – RATAFIA. He won comfortably last time out over C&D, despite being slowly away and having to wait for room, to win easily by over three lengths. Joanna Mason is 2/2 on board him, and he looks to be well ahead of the handicapper still, so he gets my vote in this trappy contest. Violeta looks to be the biggest danger but she’s still a maiden after 15 runs, and she might find one too good again here (hopefully Ratafia).
4.30pm – BetUK Take Time Out During #SGWeek23! Handicap (Class 6)
Nazca always seems to be doing enough in front lately, winning his last four on the bounce, but he’s now a joint career-high mark and I think he looks vulnerable now. The one I think looks best place to take him on with is MUMCAT, who has finished in the top three in each of his last four races here. Her record over C&D reads 225213, with the sole win coming last month before finishing within a length of the winner last time out of this same mark. She’s worth backing E/W to take on the in-form Nazca with, and with her excellent record over C&D, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if she wins.
5.05pm – Stay In Control At BetUK Handicap (Class 6)
I’m hoping SHERDIL can repeat his effort over C&D last time out, which I feel would be enough to see him win here. He did best of those drawn in the lower numbers to finish third, within half a length of the winner Crypto Quest and the runner-up Nellie French. The latter mentioned reopposes here but the selection is 1lb better off this time out and although that doesn’t sound much, with a better draw I think that will be enough to reverse that form. John Kirkup looks a danger after winning last time out but his previous effort over C&D left a lot to be desired and I’d sooner side with the proven course form of Sherdil.
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