Sam Turner concentrates on the evening all-weather action with two top-rated bets at Newcastle.
Hassaad (Newcastle, 5.15)
HASSAAD won first time out by nine lengths for Archie Watson last September - albeit in a three-runner contest at odds of 1-6 - but has not added to the tally since.
Highly-strung and often out of the stalls way too keen, she does have ability and has been running well on the Tapeta surface here, only beaten just over a total of two lengths in three visits and impressing my stopwatch in the process.
Again, she posted a decent performance - this time at Kempton - showing plenty of dash in a £6,000 amateur riders’ handicap but was overhauled late in the contest. The handicapper has not given her much help since her sole victory but grudgingly lowered her 1lb since the Kempton race and Hassaad can take advantage on this drop back in class at a venue she runs well.
Gunmaker (Newcastle, 7.15)
The finale is a very competitive if lowly sprint but GUNMAKER sits top of the pile on my speed figures and can give punters a run for their money at an expected each-way price.
It has to be pointed out that the selection has won just once in 33 starts but has slid down the handicap as a result and is threatening to strike again. Not beaten far at Chelmsford earlier this month when James Sullivan managed to drop his reins, he was just held over course and distance on Thursday after trouble in running.
Gunmaker was doing his best work late on and this evening’s application of blinkers for the first time may well eke out the necessary extra improvement.
SAM TURNER'S TOP TIPS
Hassaad 1pt win (5.15 Newcastle) 9/4 William Hill
Gunmaker 1/2pt ew (7.15 Newcastle) 4/1 bet365
Hassaad is part of your Lucky 15 for Tuesday.
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