Friday’s racing tips – 5/2 NAP can Skip into the winners’ enclosure at Newcastle

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Jon Vine takes a look through all of Friday’s races and selects a strong challenger in a handicap chase at Newcastle as his NAP of the day with Unibet.

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1:40pm Newcastle Baldwins Accountants, Banking & Finance Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (Class 3) 2m4f

Casual Cavalier and Charlie Snow Angel clashed over course-and-distance last season, with the former coming away with a five-length victory. I think there’s a strong chance Charlie Snow Angel can turn the tables on his rivals here though.

There was only three pounds between them in the weights that day and that gap has widened to 18 pounds. Casual Cavalier has only ever won once first time out and Charlie Snow Angel should be sharper after finishing third on his reappearance.

While it’s clear a strong case can be made for the bottom-weight, I prefer the chances of the lightly-raced SKIPPING ON (NAP).

Laura Morgan’s charge seemed to improve with every run over fences during his novice campaign back in 2017/18. Skipping On rounded off the season with three wins and a second from his final four appearances, securing an excellent Class Three victory on heavy ground at Carlisle – where he was rewarded an RPR of 125 after an eleven-length rout – on his most recent start over fences.

Something was clearly amiss with Skipping On last term, as he only made two appearances, both coming over hurdles. Morgan’s eleven-year-old still managed to win on his reappearance though, scoring a comfortable handicap victory carrying odds of 16/1.

There’s no doubting Skipping On is a much better chaser than a hurdler. He’s also won well twice on bottomless ground and he’s a two-time winner of chases over this distance – that’s two victories more than Charlie Snow Angel has managed over two-and-a-half miles. Tabitha Worsley’s claimer will come in most handy too.