Course form can be absolutely crucial when looking for a winner. If you know your way around a place, you are going to have an advantage over somebody who has never been there before.
The same applies to horses – knowing your way around a venue is always a big advantage. Adrian Wall has picked out four former course winners at Newcastle on Thursday.
He has formed an enormous 314-1 accumulator with all four runners, who have solid chances individually. It can be backed with William Hill using the banner below.
Daniel & Claire Kubler’s Outrage was collared late on by Be Proud when the pair met here last month. The distance between the pair was three parts of a length but the selection has a two pound pull in the weights. That pull should make all the difference but he definitely hit the front too soon. He had to work very hard to win at Lingfield when last seen but this track suits him even more. In need of a strong pace to aim at, he should get it here.
Robyn Brisland has been in fine fettle the last few weeks and Nick Vedder must have outstanding claims once again. A winner over course and distance from a mark of 80 in the past, he runs here from ten pounds lower. The first time visor is also applied which is interesting. He has ran at Southwell in each of his last seven starts but should be equally as effective around here.
Phil Dennis is a rider who certainly knows his way around this track and the exceptional pilot will ride Katie Scott’s Rockley Point. The four-year-old was in brilliant form here at the tail end of 2020, winning an apprentice handicap in November before just failing in the follow-up bid. His two poor runs in late November might have been down to fatigue. Now arriving back after a break, the hood goes on for the first time and he looks set to run a big race.
Bobby Joe Leg needs no introduction as he is already a three-time course and distance winner. Ruth Carr had a lengthy cold spell but is now back in form and her string look well handicapped. This horse won nicely last time out but he still looks well ahead of the assessor and he can strike again.
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