Friday’s all-weather racing tips – A trio of tips at Newcastle and Dundalk
All-weather expert Jack Haylett takes a look through the cards at Newcastle and Dundalk this evening and picks out three of his best bets.
Friday’s All-Weather Tips
This gelding made a very promising start to his career when fifth at Doncaster on debut. BRUNCH showed notable signs of greenness that day including a very tardy start that left him lengths behind the field. He done well to therefore finish as close as he did, and I think he will improve significantly for that experience.
The switch to the all weather should pose no problems and I don’t think this is a very deep race. I’m always happy to oppose Mark Johnston horses at Newcastle with the track tending to favour more patiently ridden runners, so I’ve put a line through the well fancied Trinity Girl, and whilst I was taken by Wadi Al Salaam’s attitude when winning over course and distance last time I think the winners penalty will make this a lot tougher for him. I’d be hopeful Brunch can take a big step forward here and win this quite comfortably.
Once rated as high as 101 it is clear that off just 78 now RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR is a potentially very well treated animal. His form was regressive last campaign, but he had run at least monthly between June 2018 when contesting the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, to the following April of this year. At just 6 years of age you would hope there’s still plenty of legs in him, but the aggressive campaigning may just have taken its toll.
Perhaps he suffered a little setback, or maybe connections just decided to freshen him up, but either way Reckless Endeavour showed a lot more on recent reappearance. Caught behind at a vital stage he ran home strongly to be beaten just a half-length, with a little more luck he’d have won, but I’m sure connections weren’t too disheartened as he looked a revitalised horse. He has been found a similar race now and I expect him to go close.
PARK ROW had an exceptional campaign last winter, winning four times at this track from marks of 62, 70, 78 and 84. He is well suited to the conditions here and running from 75 is on a winnable mark. He gets on very well with Ross Coakley, which is a big advantage in an apprentice riders race, and his fourth here last time seemed to indicate a return to peak form was imminent.
Park Row tends to race prominently, if not lead, so his draw in stall 2 is ideal. As always with a Dundalk handicap this is a competitive affair, but everything looks favourable for the selection and I anticipate a very big run