Monday Racing Tips: Rogue to flip the script at Newcastle

 | January 08 | 

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The weather is a cause for concern with regards to National Hunt racing over the next few days, but the all-weather racing can keep us going.

Ayr has fallen foul to the elements and has been abandoned, which leaves Taunton as the sole Jumps meeting - while there’s an eight-race all-weather card from Newcastle.

Amongst our Monday fancies is one who makes his debut for Anthony Brittain at Newcastle and appears to be thoroughly unexposed in handicap company.

Monday Racing Tips

  • 15:20 Newcastle - Isle Of Wolves @ 13/2
  • 17:30 Newcastle - Likeashadow @ 7/2
  • 19:00 Newcastle - Rogue De Vega @ 22/1

15:20 Newcastle - Isle Of Wolves @ 13/2

Harriet Bethell’s Isle Of Wolves is yet to win on an artificial surface but has every chance of doing so here, having run some good races at Newcastle in the past.

This son of Nathaniel hasn’t won since August 2019 but two of his three most recent efforts suggest he’s ready to return to winning ways. The most notable of these efforts was a very narrow third over course and distance in November.

He kept on nicely in the closing stages and was only denied by a half-a-length. That effort came off a mark of 61 and he should therefore be very dangerous off 1lb lower here.

It was also a fair effort when second over an extended 1m1f at Wolverhampton last time and he was perhaps out-sprinted by the winner that day. The return to a stiffer 1m2f may well be in his favour on that evidence.

Isle Of Wolves to win the 15.20 Newcastle at 13/2

17:30 Newcastle - Likeashadow @ 7/2

Likeashadow could be one to look out for at Newcastle as this two-time course winner is well placed to add another victory to his tally.

The switch to artificial surfaces has done this horse the world of good and he’s beginning to thrive in handicap company. Alan Brown’s three-year-old was still learning on handicap and all-weather debut over course and distance in September but has come on leaps and bounds since.

Getting off the mark over course and distance back in October, he overcame a sluggish start to narrowly get his head in front. This gelding won again here on his next start, when upped to a mile for the first time.

He races off a mark of 61 here, which is 1lb lower than when a good third at Newcastle in November and a repeat of that effort would surely give him a massive chance.

Likeashadow to win the 17.30 Newcastle at 7/2

19:00 Newcastle - Rogue De Vega @ 22/1

Previously with Tom Clover, Rogue De Vega has a fair record in his three starts in novice company, with form figures of 212.

He was a six-length second to Rhythm N Hooves on debut at Chelmsford in April (5f) and that now 92-rated rival went on to win at Royal Ascot. Rogue De Vega made no mistake next time and won going away, by a comfortable margin of almost two lengths.

The four-year-old has been a tad disappointing in two handicap starts but the handicapper has responded accordingly, dropping him down to a mark of 71.

This is his debut for the Anthony Brittain yard and his form in novice company suggests he should be capable of winning at this level. He’s still unexposed and finding his feet in handicaps and it would be no surprise to see him return to form sooner rather than later.

Rogue De Vega to win the 19.00 Newcastle at 22/1

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