The ITV4 cameras are at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is back with his best bets at Gosforth Park.
The 2m1f novice hurdle (1.40) kicks off the live ITV4 action at Newcastle and this looks like a good chance for useful Flat staying handicapper TWO AULD PALS to break his hurdling duck.
The six-year-old was heavily backed on course before his debut over hurdles at Bangor last month and showed loads of promise when second behind the previous winner Classic Lord.
Two Auld Pals looked to be coming off second-best when a mistake at the second-last put an end to his chance, but he still pulled eight and a half lengths clear of the third. A smart effort.
The selection was making his debut for Lucinda Russell that day and having his first start since October, so there is every chance he will come on for the run, and the experience shouldn’t be lost on him either. It will probably take a smart performance to beat him here.
The most exciting horse on the card at Newcastle is HANDSTANDS, who cost £135,000 after winning an Irish point in October and made a winning debut for Ben Pauling last month.
Handstands runs in the 2m41/2f novice hurdle (2.15) and looks like a good bet to follow up his hurdling debut success at Hereford three weeks ago, when he proved strong at the finish.
He comfortably beat favourite Parade Away, who has run well again since, that day and the front two pulled 17 lengths clear of the remainder of the field in a good time for the grade.
That is the best form on offer in this race and it will be a surprise if Handstands isn’t capable of defying a 7lb penalty. There could be plenty more progress to come with a run behind him.
The 2m4f handicap chase (2.50) could go to ATTENTION ALL, who recorded his sole win over hurdles at this course and should be well suited by returning here on his second chase start.
Attention All beat only two home on his chasing debut at Carlisle last month, but jumped left-handed at several of his fences and that left him with a mountain to climb at that right-handed track. He should improve with that first experience of chasing under his belt.
He now runs off a career-low mark of 98 in a handicap and it won’t be so much of a problem if he goes left at this anti-clockwise track. That should help him in the jumping department.
His hurdles win here came over 2m41/2f, so maybe the 2m trip was on the short side at Carlisle last time too, and the step back up a half-mile in distance may just do the trick.
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