SAXAGOGO (NAP) (best price 6-4) looks a very well treated horse on the evidence on her victory on handicap debut at Newcastle last time out and even though she races off an 8lb higher mark, the new assessment may still not be enough to prevent the Dutch Art filly from going in again. Clearly relishing the all-weather surface at the Gosforth Park venue, George Scott’s charge quickened up smartly when asked to go about her business approaching the two pole and just pushed out hands and heels to assert her superiority, she won with a bit more in hand than the winning margin suggests. Although stepping back up in trip is a slight concern, she did run well enough over 6f on her two previous starts to suggest she should be able to offset that negative and given that today’s opposition doesn’t appear any stronger than last time She is strongly fancied complete a quick double.
Other than an uncharacteristic refusal to race five starts ago, GENTLEMAN (best price 8-1) has an enviable record of three wins from three runs over today’s C&D and those stats could well be upheld if things pan out favourably for Phil McEntee’s charge. Often slowly into stride, as a result, the son of Ad Valorem is very much a hostage-to-fortune character, but possessing the kind of strong finish that he has in his locker means he has the capabilities to overcome the seemingly impossible of tasks.