Top tipster Andrew Mount found 7-2 Newbury winner Moonlighter from his two blog selections yesterday and he has two more for Newcastle tonight
CASTELHILL RETREAT (5.00 Newcastle)
CASTLEHILL RETREAT made a winning handicap debut over 7f at Newcastle in November and has had excuses at the same venue since, doing best of the hold-up horses when third in a race run at an absolute crawl (the winner and runner-up sat one-two throughout) and then finding 6f too sharp (he was also drawn away from the action).
He returns to the course and distance of his sole win in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Handicap (5.00) and will hopefully get a good tow into the race from Mark Johnston’s first-time blinkered Secret Smile. The latter will be popular in the betting as he looks the sole pace angle but his trainer’s record with this headgear in recent years (since 2014) is just eight winners from 123 runners (6.5% strike-rate) for a loss of £76.75 to a £1 level stake at SP. His record with first-time blinkers on Tapeta is 0-17.
JONBOY (5.30 Newcastle)
JONBOY’s best all-weather form has come at Newcastle and the drop back to 5f in first-time blinkers can see him back to winning ways in the Betway Handicap (5.30). He looks the only pace in a small field and, though it’s generally difficult to make all at Newcastle, that’s not been the case over this trip of late. Since the start of last year, front-runners are 10-50 in course and distance handicaps for a profit of £69.55 to a £1 level stake at SP.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Castlehill Retreat 1pt win (5.00 Newcastle) 5-1 bet365
Jonboy 1pt win (5.30 Newcastle) 10/1 VBet
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