It’s another huge weekend for racing with the Pitmen’s and Irish derbies following hot on the hoofs of Royal Ascot. We started slow but finished on a high with Interception hacking up in the Wokingham Handicap at a huge price. I think some of you were on at 22-1. Happy days.
Of course a blog is only as good as its last winner, so let’s do it all again!
I want to start at Newcastle, and there’s a tough 6f handicap at 2.35pm. The one I like is MAJOR JACK each-way for the excellent Roger Charlton. He got going too late behind Bushcraft at Windsor last time, but is 5lb better with that rival and capable of more improvement.
- Sunday tips: Read Matt’s Curragh column here
Also at Newcastle is a 7f handicap at 3.10pm, and we should get a fine run from MEHDI, who didn’t quite get home over 7f last time at York but is in good form. He’s up 2lb for that effort so is not well handicapped, but still should have every chance.
The big betting race of the day for many will be Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate at 3.45pm, run for the last time on turf.
The one I like is last year’s hero ANGEL GABRIAL, who warmed up for this when third amongst a lot of his rivals today at Haydock last time. He scored 12 months ago of a mark of 96, but is fully capable of running well off 103. He’s a bit quirky, but he stays well and has a reasonable draw in stall 11. I’m backing him each-way for a repeat success.
Away from Newcastle I have checked out a couple of races at Newmarket, and the first is a Listed event over 6f (2.50pm). Get on KATIE’S DIAMOND, who looked really promising for Sheikh Fahad when scoring at Redcar firs time. A bit of guess work with lightly raced horses, but should go well.
Finally, Newmarket hosts the Group 3 Criterion at 3.25pm, and the one I want to be with is OUTBACK TRAVELLER. This is a horse that will suit Jamie Spencer’s style and forget his last run at Ascot as he got squeezed out.
Away from the domestic action, it’s the Irish Derby at the Curragh (6.30pm) and the favourite JACK HOBBS looks an absolute good thing. His form is now very solid both in the Dante and the Epsom Derby.
While he’s not going to be a great price just lump on! Yeeehaaa!