Andy was in great form over the weekend and he's got three bets at Newcastle this afternoon.
AJMAN PRINCE (NAP) (best price 6-4) has been a bit of a money-spinner for this column in recent weeks and there appears no real reason to jump off the in-from three-year-old for the time being. Improving at a rapid rate of knots ever since upped in trip on the Tapeta, Alistair Whillans’ inmate was quite impressive when getting off the mark at the sixth time of asking over today’s C&D and he duly followed up under a penalty three weeks later – defying a potentially tricky high draw into the bargain. The feature of both those two winning performances has been the time figure he’s posted in victory, so even though he’s gone up in the ratings again and he’s taken on a slightly classier field, the son of Manduro is still expected to come through with flying colours over a trip which should suit.
SAVANNAH BEAU (best price 10-3) scored in tidy fashion at the first time of asking for new connections here last time out and she has a fair chance of going in again despite the lurking presence of Newmarket raider Tegara. Formerly with Marjorie Fife, the daughter of Major Cadeaux took advantage of a slipping mark when landing a competitive 6f handicap two weeks ago and with time figure indicating it was a fair race for the grade, a poultry 3lb rise and her vital track experience might be good enough to tip the balance in her favour.
GROUNDWORK (best price 5-2) impressed with the way he quickened right away from his field over today’s C&D last time out and he looks in the sort of form that should enable him to follow up. Unlucky on his previous visit here behind the well-ridden Horsforth, Paul Midgley’s charge quickly gained compensation with a stunning success 20 days ago and as the time figure backed up this visually impression of the performance, it makes sense to stick with the in-form five-year-old while he’s still racing in this grade.