Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action, with a trio of jumpers at Newcastle fancied.
Nicky Richards’ MY OLD GOLD was a highly respectable third on her hurdles debut at Ayr last month (2m, heavy), when keeping on encouragingly and earning the form comment ‘better for race’. Given she is a dual point winner, the daughter of Gold Well is going to relish the extra half mile of this afternoon’s 2m4f mares’ novices’ hurdle and I fancy she can make the most of the 7lb she receives from the forecast favourite Petticoat Tails.
While Warren Greatrex’s mare is respected, she was only workmanlike when getting off the mark at the second attempt over hurdles last time, having finished well beaten on her debut previously, and her hurdling technique also left something to be desired. She has worn cheek-pieces in the past to good effect, so the fact they are missing this afternoon is another potential negative and makes her opposable at cramped odds.
We can safely ignore KIMBERLITE CANDY’S latest pulled up effort at Newbury 13 days ago as he was in the wrong place at the wrong time taking the second fence, being badly hampered as a horse fell in front of him and never being able to recover. Tom Lacey’s charge had been sent off favourite for that competitive class 3 handicap having jumped well when making all at Market Rasen previously. Afterwards Lacey, who is 3-7 (43%) with his runners here, said of the six-year-old he had been ‘unbelievably backwards’ and that he was going to ‘improve and improve’, so he’s definitely worth another chance when he runs in the 2m7f handicap chase on the card.
Micky Hammond’s TICKANRUN was well punted on his return from a 602-day layoff at Wetherby in late December and for most of the race it looked like he was going to reward his backers. However, having been in front a long way from home, his lack of a run began to tell and he had no answer when Final Fling went passed him on the run-in to record a one and three-quarter length success. While he’s been been raised 5lb for his troubles, he’s still on a good mark based on his old form and having been given a month off to get over his exertions, the eight-year-old is taken to go one better in the 3m handicap hurdle, in which he’s getting a stone from main market rival Tailor Tom.
All odds were correct at time of posting.