Fanning ready to roll on Rebel
18:40 Newcastle - Back Rebel Assault @ 13.012/1
Sticking with the Flat theme - and the turf season isn't too far away, I am backing Mark Johnston's Rebel Assault in the 18:40.
She was a typical early type for the yard last term and was fairly precocious with plenty of pace. Indeed, she looked all out a 5f speedy type in the 2017 season, but she matured a fair bit and stayed the extra yardage towards the back-end.
Her surprising victory in the Rockingham proved her stamina, and I do not have any worries on that front over the 6f here. The 3yo was deemed good enough to contest the Princess Margaret at Ascot as a juvenile, so she is interestingly handicapped from 98 here.
I expect jockey Joe Fanning to dictate, and hopefully he won't go off too hard in front - as was the case when she was last seen at Doncaster.
Logi to hit rivals for six
20:45 Newcastle - Back Logi @ 6.05/1
Trainer Rebecca Bastiman has been the go-to all-weather handler this winter for this column, and I am hoping she can get something out of Logi in the 6f handicap.
He's had a few handlers in the past, so I am expecting the switch to Bastiman to work. His debut for her came last month at Wolverhampton, and he was backed into favouritism. However, he blew the start and played up in the stalls (something he has done before), so we simply have to put a line through that.
With only five outings on the all-weather, he is unexposed in this sphere, and he is really bred to excel on this sort of surface with plenty of artificial winners in his pedigree.
He landed a race at Wolverhampton this time last year from 75, and he is 4lb lower for this evening.
Logi can make the running, and from a low weight, I expect better than his effort last month.
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