7 runners go to post for the third race of the day at Newcastle, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: With a record of 3-3 over C&D, BOLLIHOPE will take all the beating today. Only raised 4lb for his latest success, he should be able to shoulder that with the minimum of fuss and can continue his brilliant record over C&D. No other runners make much appeal and Storm King the possible main danger.
1 ALL YOU – Off since a poor run at Hamilton in June (1m 1f,Good to Firm) but had been showing some decent form in the spring, winning at Beverley in May (7f, Good). Stepping back up to this trip should suit and has place claims if returning at his best today.
2 BOLLIHOPE – Ran on strongly from the back to win on the line here back in November, taking his record to 3-3 over this C&D. Raised 4lb for that effort which seems generous and he should take all the beating today for Richard Guest and Connor Beasley.
3 KICKING THE CAN – C&D winner on penultimate start but wasn’t so good latest when 3rd over 1m 4f, a long way behind the front two. Would be receiving weight all around if this was a handicap and may struggle today on these terms.
4 L’INGANNO FELICE – Has placed over C&D on his last two starts, running well without looking as though he was going to take victory. Has 3 lengths to find with Bollinhope which he is unlikely to overturn and with a record of 2-23, its hard to see him having anything more than place claims today.
5 POLAR FOREST – Won nicely over C&D in November and has been running respectably since, although never threatening for win purposes. Bollihope seems the main hope for the Richard Guest yard with claimer Nathan Evans on board this 7 year old, but he would still have place claims if running up to the same standard as his C&D win.
6 SIREN’S COVE – 2-27 and not easy to win with but hasn’t been running too badly at this venue in recent times, finishing 5th at two miles here last month (2m, Std). He drops markedly in trip today but won at this distance previously in March 2015 at Chelmsford (1m 2f, Std) and would have to be considered a place contender if it sparks any improvement.
7 STORM KING – Has slowly been going down the grades and seems to have found his level, running consistent well in Class 4 and 5 races, finishing 5th over C&D on his penultimate start which was a good effort. He is unlikely to win if judged on his overall record but does have place claims if building upon his latest runs.