Resident tipster Man On The Spot looks ahead to each race at Newcastle on Tuesday, with Omnivega among the best bets on the card.
Sulafaat failed to cope with a rise in the weights last time having won over track and trip before that but Phoenix Approach went close again having earlier scored over 1m2f at Beverley. Spanish Kiss and I Can't Remember were both placed on their latest starts with the former preferred on a third over today’s trip at Lingfield but BELLATRIXSA is the least exposed. Michael Dods’ filly was narrowly beaten in maiden company over 1m2f at Ayr with the rest nowhere and this longer distance should suit now handicapping. Mesmeric is another handicapping for the first time having won at Southwell early in the year.
OMNIVEGA (NAP) was only fourth at Ascot bidding for a four-timer but wasn’t beaten far in a higher grade contest than this. He can return to winning ways back down in class for this. Iffraaz won at Kempton on his first attempt at today’s trip though is penalised and third-placed Landue is weighted to reverse running in first-time blinkers while Indigo Lake remains 7lb higher than when scoring at Doncaster back in June. Eastern Sheriff gets a change of headgear having struggled over a longer trip at York and is preferred to Weather Front and Glan Y Gors back at this level.
TEMPER TRAP landed a double with a victory over 1m1f at Hamilton. It was soft going on that occasion so this longer trip shouldn’t be a problem and the hat-trick beckons. Savanna Gold has been threatening to open his account with placed efforts at Beverley the last twice and finished ahead of Sands Chorus on one of those occasions. The latter started favourite at Ripon last week but unseated leaving the stalls while Life Knowledge recorded his earlier win at Southwell in a classified contest and 7f winner Jack Randall has plenty to prove over this far.
None of these inspire confidence but MR CARBONATOR finished third the last time he raced over course and distance and gets a token vote on his return from an absence. Splash Of Verve is regularly placed but has only won once since 2015 and that was over a longer trip here. The likes of Scots Sonnet, Spantik and Kyoto Star continue to slide down the weights but Stand Free makes her handicap debut and steps up in trip.
Bobby Shaft finished last in a handicap at Beverley on his reappearance but has a shout on last year’s placed efforts in novice company while Legal Reform has switched yards after three starts in Ireland without threatening. Paycheck was placed on the all-weather last year and returns to action but a chance is taken on WETHER FELL, who faded in the closing stages when finishing third over a mile at Thirsk on his debut with this shorter trip likely to suit. Hoylake and Palo Santo are newcomers to note for any significant support.
SAMOOT ran green for most of the way at Sandown on her debut but knuckled down in the final furlong to finish third. She’ll know more today and Sir Michael Stoute’s yard has an impressive strike rate at this venue. Forever Grateful struggled in a Group 3 contest last time but had gone close in a maiden race at Doncaster earlier while Positive Mentality placed over 6f at York on her debut. Secret To Success never figured at Beverley but stablemate First Smile can include a Listed winner among four winning relatives and Baby Alya is another newcomer to note as she’s related to a host of winners including the smart Lady Of The Desert.
JIGS PRINCESS ran her best race so far when runner-up over 6f at Wolverhampton. She would have finished closer to the winner if not for being carried left in the closing stages and may prove the one to side with. Ayo Patsy changed hands after placing in a seller at Newmarket and headgear is applied while Katie's Kitten finished runner-up in novice company at Chepstow though was a long way behind the winner. Hedwig finished closer at Catterick on his handicap debut and makes most appeal of the rest.
It was heavy going when Mudawwan won at Catterick a fortnight ago and he’s 4lb higher. Redzone has been thereabouts over 6f recently but Mango Chutney finished runner-up over track and trip on his penultimate start and is preferred. HIGHFIELD PRINCESS showed a big improvement handicapping for the first time at Doncaster and not beaten far in third. An apprentice takes 5lb off her back today and that could give John Quinn’s filly the edge. Redesdale Rebel posted his best effort to date at Musselburgh a couple of days ago and Twisted Dreams is one to keep an eye on now handicapping.
ARNOLD has the best piece of recent form having just missed out over track and trip last week. He’s taken to go one better racing off the same mark. Mukhadram Way goes handicapping for the first time on her reappearance having ran well here early in the year and Refuge is another handicap debutant to note. Pearl Of Qatar won over course and distance the last time she raced here and has shout off her current mark with Billy Garritty’s allowance helping her cause.
Undercover Brother is penalised for winning at Southwell while Van Gerwen has gone close on both occasions since winning at Ripon and can race off a lower mark today having yet to win on the all-weather. Gleaming Arch can do better back on this surface though is 2lb higher than when winning last year’s renewal while Lord Of The Glen has a chance on last week’s second at Wolverhampton. But the unexposed JET SET GO gets a speculative vote racing on the all-weather for the first time having been beaten only a short-head at Doncaster on his reappearance and handicap debut.
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