Sam Turner’s speed ratings highlight three course and distance-winning selections moving back into top gear at Newcastle on Thursday.
Klopp (Newcastle, 7.00)
The handicapper has given KLOPP a chance again and the four-year-old can take advantage on her return to Newcastle where she has run 13 times and won twice.
The selection was dropped to mark of 62 in December and has begun to build a head of steam with defeats by narrowing margins since. Beaten two lengths here in early December, she has since reduced the margin to one-length and latterly on Monday to just a neck in visits to Wolverhampton, all three outings over 6f.
The very recent run saw the filly - drawn widest of all - capitulate near the winning post after taking up the lead in the final furlong. That looked unfortunate and connections have opted to drop her back to the minimum distance over which she is a two-time course and distance winner.
That should do the trick in the day’s finale.
Sulafaat (Newcastle, 3.55)
SULAFAAT is another regular at the venue and, like the above horse, has won here twice and looks dangerous off a low weight at an each-way price in the opener at Newcastle.
The mare has raced nowhere else since last September and has remained in good form despite two reversals following her early December course and distance victory. She is remarkably consistent (a blip in October was down to severe traffic problems) and, with a fine book of track figures, rates each-way support.
Canford Bay (Newcastle, 5.30)
CANFORD BAY had a productive 2019 on turf with three excellent victories in decent races, including a Class 3 Ripon handicap.
Out of luck on an artificial surface since success at Wolverhampton in 2018 on Tapeta, the speedy six-year-old is looking better handicapped but was seriously impeded at the start, and late on, at Dunstall Park before Christmas when well supported, sporting a first-time hood. It’s hard to say whether he would have won without the misfortune but must surely have gone very close.
He can gain compensation with the headgear retained and dropped 1lb back on the Tapeta surface at Gosforth Park.
SAM TURNER'S TOP TIPS
Klopp 2pts win (7.00 Newcastle) 5/2 Unibet
Sulafaat 1/2pt ew (3.55 Newcastle) 6/1 William Hill
Canford Bay 1pt win (5.30 Newcastle) 10/3 William Hill
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