There are eight races to look forward to at Newcastle on Friday between 14:10 and 18:10. We have picked out the horses to keep a close eye on across the day’s action.
14:10 – Prince Achille @ 7/4
Jedd O’Keefe’s four-year-old bay gelding has looked impressive in his recent outings at Thirsk in August. He posted two consecutive second-place finishes with rider Jack Garritty, narrowly losing out by a nose followed by a head.
Prince Achille shouldn’t have a problem with the same distance of 1m 4f at Newcastle after those recent rides. He certainly has the stamina to make his mark in this race but it is just ensuring he has enough going at the end to overcome his recent narrow defeats.
Having Garritty in the saddle certainly helps him, the pair recorded a victory at Carlisle earlier this year and with those recent displays at Thirsk, you sense that another victory is getting closer.
15:20 – Code Purple @ 16/1
Code Purple’s last appearance at Chester back in July was nothing short of a disaster. Trainer Ben Haslam was left perplexed as the four-year-old finished dead last in what was a surprisingly poor ride that cannot be explained.
Especially given the fact that Code Purple had been impressive in his previous outings earlier in the year which included victories at Redcar and Newcastle, with the latter going to boost confidence ahead of the United Living Group Handicap on Friday.
We know what Code Purple is capable of and how much stamina he possesses. His familiarity with this track should immediately result in a better run than the one at Chester. Haslam will have worked closely with him after Chester to ensure that he can bounce back at Newcastle.
18:10 – Global Tycoon @ 5/2
This four-year-old gelding has shown a lot of promise of late for trainer Joseph Parr, posting placings in his last three outings, including a third-place finish at Newcastle in June.
Global Tycoon was beaten by 2 and 1/4 lengths by My Roxanne on that occasion but that first taste of action on the track at Newcastle will serve him well for his second crack at it on Friday.
Of course that distance was 7f and this time it will be just over a mile, so his stamina will be put to the test in this one. But if we’re going off his last appearance at Windsor last month, where he finished third over a mile, then there is a lot to be excited about upon his return to Newcastle.