Owen’s Enormous 1169/1 Newcastle Handicap Treble!

Newcastle Racecourse

Starting on Thursday, Newcastle plays host to its premier flat festival, with the feature race being the Northumberland Plate on Saturday, one of the most competitive All-Weather handicaps of the season. The meeting hosts three big handicaps in fact, with the Gosforth Park Cup on Friday and the Northumberland Vase a consolation for the big race on Saturday.

I’ve gone through the three big handicaps and selected three horses who I think are going to out-run their odds, with all the analysis and prices below! You can view all our horse racing tips now too!

Foolaad – Gosforth Park Cup

Winning eleven of his forty starts, FOOLAAD has been a mighty servant to Roy Bowring, with six of those successes coming on the All-Weather surface. He holds a 35% strike-rate on the Synthetics and he is a previous course and distance winner, with a course record of 34112.

That makes him of massive appeal straight from the get-go and he arrives here after a fantastic second to Copper Knight at York, where he ran up to his best. He’s only a pound higher today and although he’s yet to win off a mark this high, he’ll relish a return to this venue and will have a strong pace to aim at, which he can use to great effect.

Rare Groove – Northumberland Vase

Winning comfortably over thirteen furlongs at Hamilton last month, RARE GROOVE ran better than the bare result when tenth at York subsequently over twelve furlongs. Winning at this venue over twelve furlongs last September, he does have something to prove at this distance given a fourteen-furlong defeat at York last October.

That venue hasn’t played to his strengths in two visits, however, and he has won and finished second on two visits to Gosforth Park. Back at this venue off a mark that remains achievable for a mainly progressive four-year-old, he can out-run odds that look very attractive to me.

Who Dares Wins – Northumberland Plate

Rated 151 over hurdles, WHO DARES WINS has proven himself to be such a tough and genuine dual-purpose horse who deserves a big payday on the flat. He’s been in the frame of his last three flat outings, latterly when second in the Chester Cup when showcasing his hearty attitude.

He edges up a pound in the weights, but that won’t inconvenience him and a strongly-run two miles will be just up his alley. He’s raced just twice on the All-Weather so there is potential in that aspect and it would be a big surprise to me if he weren’t to at least find himself in the placings.

Given the prices, the treble is likely best backed in an each-way treble, though there is obviously the option of patents for those looking for a big chance of a payout! William Hill currently offer best odds of 1169/1 on the treble, at the time of writing!

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