Five all-weather tips from Newcastle and Dundalk this evening, both live on ATR.
ROSY RYAN (NAP) (best price 6-1) shaped with plenty of encouragement on her Tapeta debut here 43 days ago and she’s fancied to have some sort of impact in this similar handicap off a 2lb lower mark. Held up out the back off strong fractions, Tina Jackson’s charge got caught in traffic at a crucial stage that evening and given how she finished off her race once out in to the clear, it’s fair to say she may have had a large say in the eventual outcome with a clearer run. As the winner of that race, Totally Magic, has gone on to score again subsequently (now rated 67), the form looks decent, and as there’s likely to be a good gallop courtesy of Afkar and Great Colaci in the line-up, the daughter of Tagula should get the strong pace she requires to enable her to come through towards the latter stages.
EASTERN DRAGON (best price 9-1) may have been a 33-1 outsider when winning over tonight’s C&D last time out, but there didn’t appear to be any fluke about the performance and he’s taken to play another major role in the outcome. The feature of that success here 27 days ago was the way he came through off the back of sound fractions and given that he managed to succeed despite having to make his challenge over on the un-favoured far side rail, the performance deserves upgrading. With several strong front-runners in the field tonight, the son of Elnadim should get a similar set-up to last time and he makes plenty of each-way appeal at his top morning price.
ROCK WARBLER (best price 10-3) has been in terrific form since the combination of a hood and tongue-tie has been fitted and having showed his appreciation for tonight’s surface with a smooth success two starts ago, Oliver Greenall’s charge can bounce back to that sort of form following an unlucky effort at Chelmsford last time out. Completely blowing the start at the Essex venue, the son of Raven’s Pass found himself in the cheap seats after a furlong and although he tried his hardest to rescue the damage, the chase was always a futile one. Hopefully, he won’t be so tardy out of the gates on this occasion as he’s already proven that he’s capable of dishing out a sound beating to this sort of grade of opponent when things go his way.
Both POITIN (best price 11-2) and CARRIED (best price 6-1) have had the misfortune to bump into the in-form To Choose in recent times but with without Thomas Gibney’s inmate to worry about this evening, the pair have obvious chances to stake their claims in this competitive-looking handicap. The former, a real favourite of this writer, did everything bar win here the last day (touched 1.03 in running) and having posted a whole host of big numbers over tonight’s C&D in the past, she simply has to go on the shortlist. The latter has also been a real regular in these events over the last couple of seasons and other than one modest effort when probably needed the run after a layoff, Prunella Dobbs’ inmate is about as reliable as they come in races of this nature.