We go to Newcastle on day one of the Northumberland Plate meeting.
"Knightly Escapade is too much of a risk with how he’s ridden, so King of The Picts is our leg four selection."
14:10 - At his price, with his quirks, we can't be taking Gifted Master. It's fancied that Astley Hall is quite high on the list of Richard Fahey's early two-year-olds and, with a couple of months of extra maturing behind him, he's fancied to be in the first two.
14:45 - Here's an instance where the favourite is our best option. Prince Hellvelyn was sent to York on his first run and finished third in spite of obvious greenness. With that lessened on his second start, he should go close.
15:20 - Though this race is an eight-runner handicap, normally fertile ground for a banker, the fact it's so competitive means we'll have to take two. Wilde Inspiration is our first choice, his form in 2015 progressive and coming in solid races. Manchestar also gets in, with the hope being that a lesser test of stamina at the trip gets him back to top form after a merely respectable effort last time.
15:55 - Knightly Escapade is too much of a risk with how he's ridden, so King of The Picts is our leg four selection. Better known as a useful and fairly consistent hurdler, he appeals as fairly treated from a mark of 80 on the Flat.
16:30 - The stars aligned for Call of Duty's win at Wetherby on Monday, so we're against him under a penalty. The downside is that this low-grade handicap doesn't contain any we could confidently bank on. Spokesperson and Cabal come closest, so those two paired up should be enough to see us through.
17:05 - The step up to 10 furlongs and partnership with Phil Dennis has done Mysterial the world of good. With him also being by far the likeliest to get to the front in this closing leg, he goes in as a banker.
14:10 - 1
14:45 - 6
15:20 - 5, 8
15:55 - 1
16:30 - 3, 6
17:05 - 3
= 4 lines