Timeform UK SmartPlays: Thursday, March 8

There is all-weather racing at Newcastle on Thursday evening
There is all-weather racing at Newcastle on Thursday evening

Timeform pick out their three best bets on the card at Newcastle on Thursday.

"...he is well up to winning a race of this nature judged on that performance..."

Night Castle - 18:15 Newcastle

Night Castle shaped with plenty of promise on his debut at Kempton last month and seems sure to improve for that initial experience. He was slowly away and had to race wide, running green over two furlongs out but keeping on, left poorly placed. His rider that day wasn't overly hard on him, and he is well up to winning a race of this nature judged on that performance. Amplification and Narcos are also fancied to feature.

VJ Day - 18:45 Newcastle

Several to consider in what looks an open race but Vj Day appeals as the one with the most striking potential. Indeed, he took a step forward when runner-up back from a break in a Wolverhampton maiden last week and makes his handicap debut off a workable mark. Montague has lost little caste in defeat in Class 4 events the last twice and should go well again, while Daze Out also merits respect.

Newmarket Warrior - 19:45 Newcastle

Just 1 lb higher compared to when striking over C&D in October, Newmarket Warrior looks the way to go. He was a shade below par in a stronger race than this recently but is largely reliable, particularly when turning out at this course (form figures on AW here read 24312134304), and could prove too strong for Abushamah, who acquitted himself well back from a break here last month.

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