Bets Of The Day: Magnolia to blossom for Eve at Newcastle

Jockey Paul Hanagan
Paul Hanagan rides Magnolia Springs for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton

Newcastle's evening card will be televised on ITV4 and Alan Dudman has a couple of bets for Friday night...

"She landed the Height Of Fashion at Goodwood last time over 1m2f, and really enjoyed the trip there in a true run race. She's clearly improving fast, and the way she finished off
the race suggests she'll stay a bit further than tonight's trip."

Back Magnolia Springs @ 7.06/1 in the 20:05 at Newcastle

Frustrating Easterby filly to enjoy return to Newcastle

18:20 Newcastle - Back Nuns Walk @ 5.509/2

Tim Easterby's filly Nuns Walk will have her backers, but I also imagine she'll have plenty looking to lay her. With four in-play defeats at odds-on (and two at 1.10), it might be worth playing with a bit of short price insurance.

However, I am going to back her for this. She's consistent and her best form has come at Newcastle. Indeed, her only win to date from nine starts came here.

Last time Nuns Walk ran in a slightly better race at Hamilton in a 0-75, and she is holding her form well despite a liking for finishing second.

She stays 7f, but tonight's trip suits her best.

Magnolia to spring into action for fillies' feature

20:05 Newcastle - Back Magnolia Springs @ 7.06/1

Four horses go up in grade from the Nottinghamshire Oaks last time that was won by Mia Tesoro - a race that didn't look particularly strong, and that batch of horses move up to Group 3 company today.

While Sir Michael Stoute's Smart Call is sure to be popular and could win this, but she hasn't quite lived up to her lofty reputation from South Africa.

For that reason, it might be worth taking a chance on Eve Johnson Houghton's Magnolia Springs.

She landed the Height Of Fashion at Goodwood last time over 1m2f, and really enjoyed the trip there in a true run race. She's clearly improving fast, and the way she finished off
the race suggests she'll stay a bit further than tonight's trip - which is perfect for a stiff track such as Newcastle.

There's also hope with her being by Shamardal that she'll be able to act on the all-weather surface.

Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L

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