Croco Bay wins the 2019 Grand AnnualTop tipster Andrew heads north for best at Wetherby and Newcastle on Tuesday

SAO – (2.05 Wetherby, 3pts win - 9/2)

SAO clocked a very fast time when opening his chase account at Hexham in November and he also impressed when following up at Newbury, as he was ridden patiently on that pace-favouring track. He was only fifth when odds-on for a Jumpers’ Bumper at Newcastle last week but he made the running on a day the round course was eating front-runners alive. He’ll be happier back over fences today the presence of Dan Skelton’s Eclair D’Ainay makes the market for him.

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ORNATE – (5.00 Newcastle, 1pt win - 7/1)

Patient tactics are usually favoured on Newcastle’s all-weather surface, though the 5f trip is an exception to the rule. Pacesetters have won almost 18% of races over the minimum trip since the turf was replaced by Tapeta, compared to just 5% for 1m6f and 2m contests. ORNATE’s two previous runs over this 5f trip have seen him finish second by a neck at 11-1 in a Fast-Track Qualifier and run third at 33-1 in last year’s Gosforth Park Cup. His six rivals are usually ridden patiently and, with the best Tapeta speed figure in this line-up, he looks capable of making all.

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Today’s Best Bets

Sao – 3pts win – 2.05 Wetherby (9-2 generally)

Ornate – 1pt win – 5.00 Newcastle (7-1 generally)

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