There’s plenty of action in Britain and Ireland this Thursday with a couple of all-weather cards and action from three jumps venues.
We look at the best of the action from the evening card at Newcastle on the Tapeta surface with seven races running from 4.30 to 7.35.
There are a trio of selections that include a course specialist who can bounce back to form and a recent course and distance winner who looks capable of following up.
17.35 Newcastle - Eleven Eleven @ 9/1
ELEVEN ELEVEN put in a rare below-par performance when beaten roughly 20 lengths at this venue last time out. However, he’s generally a very consistent sort, particularly on all-weather surfaces.
All of his wins have come at Newcastle with his record there standing at 3-11 and he has as many second-place finishes as wins to his name.
His latest success came on his penultimate outing when allowed to dominate from the front and there’s a suspicion he could get an uncontested lead in this contest too, with not many other front runners in the line-up.
The main concern for the selection is the drop back to seven furlongs given that all his wins have come at a mile, but he can race keenly at times and the sharper trip could help him settle better.
The form of that success here two runs ago has been boosted nicely since with the runner-up who he pulled clear with in the closing stages, Pallas Lord, winning comfortably next time out before finishing runner-up on his latest start from a higher handicap mark.
A high draw is also in his favour on the Newcastle straight course and he should probably be vying for favouritism in this contest.
18.05 Newcastle - Harvanna @ 5/4
The Class 4 five-furlong sprint is a competitive little six-runner race, but there are a few reasons to think that top weight HAVANNA will be hard to beat.
She left her debut behind to win a valuable novice race at York in June and made it two wins from her first three starts at Yarmouth in the summer.
There is every chance that she needed her return at this venue when just fading in the closing stages, but she can resume progress here back at the minimum and she’s less exposed than most of the rivals she faces here.
19.35 Newcastle - Crypto Quest @ 5/1
The finale on the card is lacking in quality and the one that may be able to take advantage is CRYPTO QUEST.
The son of Profitable gained a first all-weather success over this course and distance last time out and, somewhat leniently, the handicapper has only raised him 1lb for that victory.
That was admittedly a tight finish, but he had been shaping like a win on an artificial surface was near prior to that outing and there’s every chance he’ll remain competitive on his debut for a new yard.
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