George at the Double – Trainer Tom Heads North in Bid for 41/1 Newcastle Success

Trainer Tom George makes a rare journey north to Newcastle on Tuesday in his bid to land a 41/1 double.Trainer Tom George makes a rare journey north to Newcastle on Tuesday in his bid to land a 41/1 double.

Tom George Bids to Land 41/1 Newcastle Tuesday Double

Top trainer Tom George has a fine recent Newcastle record, having sent out two winners from just nine runners in the last five seasons – with eight of his nine successfully finishing in the first 4. He makes a rare visit on Tuesday, 18th January, where he sends a pair of runners that combine to make a 41/1 double. Here at Racing Tips, we have assessed his chances of completing the feat below

Baby King (1:55pm, DFE Electrical Handicap Chase)

The first of Tom George’s two runners on the Newcastle card comes in the extended 2m handicap chase, where he sends veteran BABY KING.

Now a teenager, this son of Ivan Denisovich is remarkably making his fortieth career start, having won six of his previous thirty-nine outings.

Although without a win since April 2019, Baby King came close to correcting that when beaten just a neck into second at Fontwell last May. He was beaten 32l into fifth at Huntingdon when last seen in October, which admittedly wasn’t a performance that screamed next time out winner, but a subsequent 5lb drop in the weights puts him on the lowest mark of his career.

Baby King is now a whopping 19lb below his last winning mark, and will have conditions to suit, but there’s a strong suspicion that he’s now vulnerable to younger legs.

Come On Teddy (2:55pm, DFE Telecom & Security Installations Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase)

Tom George unleashes one of his stable stars on Tuesday’s Newcastle card, with COME ON TEDDY contesting the extended 2m7f novices’ handicap chase.

This 8yo Fame And Glory gelding finished third in the Pertemps Final at last seasons Cheltenham Festival, doing best of the British runners. He disappointed at Aintree subsequently, but put that showing firmly behind him when making a victorious seasonal/chase debut at Uttoxeter last month.

Come On Teddy was upped to Grade 2 level at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, and although ultimately outclassed, there were potential excuses having been found post-race to have lost a shoe.

This represents a significant drop in class from that assignment, whilst the step back up to staying distances also looks a big plus.

Come On Teddy runs off the same mark he held when successful at Uttoxeter, so it is clearly not beyond him, but he does have to concede weight to two useful rivals in Omar Maretti and Uncle Alastair.