Trainer Ruth Carr managed to bag a big priced winner on the all-weather last night and could send out another this evening in the form of CHAPLIN BAY. A fifth when returning to an artificial surface at Wolverhampton last time out. I fancied the horse that day and feel it wasn’t given much of a chance by jockey James Sullivan but certainly felt the eight year old was worth noting when flying home for fifth. He’s manage to win twice and place on three separate occasions from seven course and distance starts and now finds himself with 22lbs less weight on his back since winning here on his last all-weather success. The yard could start to spring into life and at a very encouraging price cannot be ignored.
Despite having disappointing form over this six furlong trip CASTLEHILL RETREAT has still shown enough, especially here at Newcastle to suggest he can finish in the mix. He’s placed over five furlongs previously so shouldn’t be put off by this distance and his form at Newcastle includes a win and a place at the North East track. Trainer Ben Haslam has had two winners from the yards last six runners and in what looks a pretty weak race the three year old won’t have to do too much to mount a solid challenge.
Away from my selection Blue Dawn may be capable of shaking off their maiden tag if the selection fails to deliver.
CASTLEHILL RETREAT written by Rory Paddock