6.15pm Newcastle tips for Friday’s Class 4 contest raced over one mile for horses rated 0-80. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: This is a competitive race and it can go to James Tate’s EXCEL AGAIN. He’s a dual course and distance winner and, with only six starts to his name, there’s sure to be more to come from him. He can take this ahead of Oud Metha Bridge who could bounce back to form now switched back to the All-Weather.
1 TORRID – Bumped into a decent sort when second of 13 over course and distance back in June. He’s been below par on his last two starts, however the return to the All-Weather is an interesting move and market support would make him very appealing back down in grade.
2 HIDDEN REBEL – Seeks her first win since August 2016 and she makes just her second start on the All-Weather today. She’s not been in the greatest of form lately, although she has slipped to a pound below her last winning mark. Others are of more interest in this.
3 EXCEL AGAIN – Lightly raced Exceed And Excel colt who has two course and distance victories to his name. He’s 5lbs higher than his last success here, yet he should continue to improve and Luke Morris takes over in the saddle which is positive. This is the right sort of race for him and he’s a major contender.
4 AUSPICION – Has won twice over this course and distance this year, including on his last start. He races off a 4lb higher mark today which leaves him weighted up to his best and the step back up in grade may just find him out. Others look to hold stronger chances in this.
5 FAYEZ – Won a similar race to this at Wolverhampton last month, albeit against weaker opposition. A mark of 81 remains reasonable based on what he’s shown of late, although he doesn’t look particularly well treated in this field and others are preferred.
6 DUBAI ELEGANCE – Lightly raced Sepoy filly making her sixth career start today. She remains on a mark of 80 following two defeats off this mark, but she does look to be improving still and the cheekpieces are retained today. The step back up in trip should suit.
7 RASHFORD’S DOUBLE – Has struggled since completing a hat-trick of wins late last year. He’s been rather inconsistent this year, however this looks to be one of the weakest races he’s faced and this yard can continue to get more out of their horses.
8 OUD METHA BRIDGE – Hasn’t exactly progressed since a gelding operation earlier this year and he’s likely to be sent off as one of the outsiders in this. He races off a 5lb higher mark on the All-Weather, but he can’t be entirely discounted with a course and distance victory to his name. Franny Norton rides for the first time.
9 ALKASHAAF – Has been dropped a couple of pounds following a disappointing couple of performances, including on the All-Weather. That still leaves him a pound higher than his last winning mark and connections try him again at a mile. Best watched.
10 DEREK DUVAL – Has struggled off a higher mark following a Newmarket success earlier this summer. He’s down a pound following a 7 1/2 length defeat last time out, however the switch to the All-Weather is positive and Ben Curtis remains in the saddle. The yard have a 20% strike rate at present.
11 ARCHIPELIGO – Has course form to his name, but he seems to want further than this with victories over 1m 2f and further recently. He wasn’t beaten all that far last time out but this trip is a concern and others are preferred.
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