Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday 31 January

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There is all-weather racing from Newcastle on Thursday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Newcastle on Thursday...

"...he should take all the beating..."

Timeform on Champagne Rules

Champagne Rules - 16:05 Newcastle

Champagne Rules is in the best form since he was a three-year-old and has been winning races over a mile and a quarter on this surface at Wolverhampton with ease. He has proven himself over this C&D before and, given the impression of his latest win, when powering clear of his rivals in the final furlong, he should take all the beating. Lopes Dancer is another that has done well over this C&D and is the main danger. Similar comments apply to Trautmann and he also is a threat.

Reckless Endeavour - 18:25 Newcastle

Reckless Endeavour finds himself on a career-low mark and also down into a class 4 race for the first time in his career, largely down to the fact he hasn't been in much form this past year. However, he has run creditably in his last two starts at Wolverhampton and Lingfield and should prove more competitive up against lesser opponents tonight, so he's entitled to go very close. Deansgate and Portledge are two C&D specialists who may give him most to think about.

Eve Harrington - 19:00 Newcastle

Eve Harrington did little wrong when running out a narrow winner on the fibresand at Southwell last time out, not having to improve but still not looking the finished article. She has to prove she can translate that form to tapeta now, but there's no obvious reason why she shouldn't be able to, and it will be disappointing if she doesn't build on that here. Bay of Naples looks the main threat on his debut. Orient Express is best of the remainder.

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