17:00 Newcastle

A low grade mile handicap which won’t take much winning.

Most of these have had plenty of chances and that includes Stand Free. She is certainly a contender here as she’s currently in decent form. Her latest run at Beverley was solid and if she repeats that, she has an obvious chance.

Calcutta Dream hasn’t shown much to date, but shouldn’t be completely ruled out for the wiley Easterby yard.

There’s one horse in here that still has a modicum of potential at that is Chantreys, and she gets the vote.

A five year old, with only five runs to date has shown enough glimmers of ability so far to take this ordinary event. Despite her pedigree, this trip seems sure to suit after staying on over Hamiltons stiff mile. She could just have a little impact in her.


20:05 Newcastle

A sprint handicap over six furlongs, where a few usual suspects take there chance once again.

Billy Wedge is a course and distance winner, who has now become well handicapped on account of him showing very little lately. It would unwise to discount him completely. He could go well at a price.

Highest Wave steps into handicap company for the first time at the age of four. Maybe she hasn’t been the most straightforward to train for whatever reason. She is unexposed however, and is an interesting runner.

Thaki is the most solid option here. A course a distance winner, who is well suited by a healthy pace over this trip. The form of his last two runs look good in the context of this race, and he’s feasibly weighted under his talented riders five pound claim.

THAKI (WIN) written by Matt Polley