Ben Linfoot is in the tipping hot-seat for Friday and he has a tip for every meeting including the Nap at Newcastle.
It’s worth chancing ROYAL ADVICE to bounce back to his best at his favourite track now he returns to Newcastle for the 6f handicap that closes Friday night’s card.
Keith Dalgleish’s horse won three times from four starts at this venue in the early part of 2021 but his form on turf has tailed off in the last few months.
However, he didn’t run badly at Ayr and Doncaster in July and August and his turf efforts have at least seen his handicap mark drop to 72 – 2lb below his last winning mark at Newcastle.
Drawn well in 12 for a stands’ side run, he’s taken to prove himself a Tapeta specialist with Callum Rodriguez, who is three from eight on him, back in the saddle.
Roger Teal is in good form and his SISTERS IN THE SKY looks well placed to strike in the Lee Thomas Christy Memorial Nursery Handicap at Haydock.
The Showcasing colt has improved with each run and ran very well in a hot York nursery last time out where he was fifth to Flaming Rib after leading to inside the final furlong.
The signs are the form is good – third home Hellomydarlin was second in a Ripon Listed race subsequently while the fourth, Instinctive Move, was second in a Chester handicap, and I’m A Gambler, who was down the field on the Knavesmire, has won since.
Kept on the same mark of 81 since York, Rhys Clutterbuck takes a valuable 5lb off here and the selection’s speed could be a key weapon.
A BOY NAME IVY can get his head in front in the William Hill Leading On-Course Bookmaker Handicap at York.
The grey gelding flopped at this track after a break in July, but that was over a trip of 10 furlongs and he’s been much better over shorter distances since.
His last two runs at Thirsk have more than hinted he’s about to go in soon and his short head second to Noble Dynasty there last time out was unlucky as he had to switch at the two pole.
A mile suits him well on that evidence and Paul Mulrennan can time his challenge nicely from the inside stall in one in a race that should be run to suit.
Paul Nicholls has one runner at Worcester on Friday and we should probably sit up and take notice.
ROQUE IT goes for the Ditcheat handler in the Cazoo Novices’ Hurdle and he’s the form pick here on the back of two runner-up finishes at Uttoxeter and Wincanton in the latter part of 2020.
He struggled in the spring, but back after a break which included some wind surgery, he’s taken to produce a career best and shed his maiden tag over timber.
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Gelded after finishing second to French Derby eighth Derab at this track in May, he didn’t have to improve on that form to get off the mark at Beverley on his return.
He was a bit rusty over an inadequate trip at Beverley on his return from over three months off, but he still got the job done without fuss and he can come on from that with the step up to nine furlongs looking sure to help.
Progeny of Kingman have amassed a tidy Rowley Mile record in the autumn (eight from 38 at 21.05%) and this gelding looks well set to improve those numbers further.
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