bet365 sponsor Newcastle’s intriguing card and Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post advises three bets for Saturday afternoon.
Jamie Snowden doesn’t send many runners to Newcastle, but when he does it is worth taking note as the trainer is 3-8 at Gosforth Park. This all bodes well for REGARDE in the novice handicap chase over an extended 2m7f.
Regarde was clearly always quite well thought as he went off the 15/8 favourite for a maiden hurdle at Southwell in February, but it wasn’t until he entered handicaps that we saw his true colours and everything certainly clicked into place at Huntingdon.
He bolted up off a gift of an opening mark of 94 in October and followed up with an even more impressive success off 6lb higher the following month.
The second victory came in spite of a half-mile drop in trip not ideally playing to his strengths, and stepping back up three-and-a-half furlongs in distance is very much in his favour.
David Bass takes the ride for the first time and his style should suit Regarde.
Another trainer with a fine record at Newcastle is Tom Lacey (30 percent all-time strike-rate) and NOCTE VOLATUS takes the eye in the competitive 2m4f handicap chase.
Nocte Volatus has been running in better races than this over the past year but has been found lacking in the finish. Given he returns following a 53-day break and wind surgery, we can presumably put that down to breathing issues.
If the procedure has worked the oracle then he is undoubtedly handicapped to strike off a mark of 127, a rating 7lb lower than when he finished a fair sixth in a top Cheltenham 2m4f handicap chase fought out by recent Paddy Power Gold Cup one-two Il Ridoto and Fugitif.
Expect things to click into place soon for Nocte Volatus.
Hopefully Lacey and rider Stan Sheppard enjoy a northern double as MONTREGARD should have a big say in the extended 2m4f handicap hurdle.
The JP McManus-owned four-year-old has clearly been ready to run for a while (he was withdrawn on account of the ground in October and November), but hasn’t been seen since he justified odds of 5/6 in a maiden hurdle at Warwick in April.
It is intriguing that he enters handicaps so early in his career. Presumably a lowly mark of 105 is the cause of that.
Just two runs there admittedly isn’t much to go off with Montregard, but he is a half-brother to Betfair Chase winner Protektorat.
His long-term potential surely exceeds that of the other handicappers in the line up, the majority of whom are exposed.
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