Day one of the resumption of racing was exciting and profitable for blog followers with Nap Brian The Snail (13/2) somehow prevailing in a head-bobber. A further win for Alignak (5/2) ensured gains in the Yankee albeit slow starts for sprinters in the other two legs scuppered any possible bumper return.
NAP OF THE DAY: Moll Davis, (1800 Newcastle), 1pt win, 5/1:
This filly started flying last summer and followed one of the unluckiest runs of the year at Goodwood with an easy Doncaster win. Tried her hand in Listed races afterwards but steps back into handicaps here. Trainer George Scott had a decent run from his only runner yesterday, and will have been careful to prep what might be his best horse. The surface seemed quite testing yesterday for an all weather track, and that should suit her well.
Dark Vision, (1320 Newcastle), 9/2: looked a useful 2yo and started last year with a close third in Chelmsford’s Kentucky Derby trial on his only all weather run. Had a mixed season afterwards but included a good 6th in the Cambridgeshire when a couple of spots ahead of today’s favourite Fifth Position. Can confirm that as he is 3lbs better off, and his US breeding points to a strong all weather performance. Likely to race with the pace which worked for many yesterday.
Admirality, (1430 Newcastle), 11/1: hot favourite Mubakker could be too good here, but he has a bit to prove at the odds. Trainer Roger Fell was the big hit on day 1 of resumption and clearly has his horses ready. His runner Admirality recorded his only win last year first time out, and still went on to finish well up in hot races like the Bunbury Cup and the Ascot International. This step back to 6f may be ideal on a track that was in slow condition and he looks good value back on a favoured straight track.
Kensington Art, (1705 Kempton), 9/1: stepped up to staying trips last year and won his only all weather start, and only start south of Nottingham, when lifting a fair Chelmsford race. Travels down from Yorkshire for a second all weather foray. This trip is the minimum, but this doesn’t look the strongest event and his proven stamina could be valuable. Looks likely to outrun his long odds.
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