Newcastle 3:15

Ill De Re looks a decent price in this considering he won last year of this mark. His 2 runs this year weren’t great but he wouldn’t have had any chance with both conditions and distance. He has got the necessary but in the ground that would be required and has obviously been targeted at this race. I would have him as favourite on today’s ground and the 13 on Betfair is well worth taking

Blue Bajan is the one I’ve had in mind for this race for a while. He ran on well at Ascot and I think he stands a very high chance of placing here at a big looking 22/1. He is generally very consistent and stands a much better than 4-5/1 to be placed here.

2 Points win Ill De Re 13 Betfair

1 Point EW Blue Bajan 22/1 Stan James

2:40 Newcastle

Pearl Ice pops into my mind at once here, back on his last winning mark with just the 2 runs this year of which his last was an improvement. He is still a relatively unexposed horse and his trainer has an excellent record at this course. I had expected him to climb the rankings a bit after his win last year but he has been disappointing, however the 12/1 available with Coral looks value and worth a bet that today might be the day he starts back on the upward curve.

1 Point win 12/1 Coral

3:30 Newmarket

Hawkeyethenoo I think has been better than ever this year with some top notch performances in Group 1 races. I simply can’t see past him here and with the added advantage of the slight cut in the ground here I would have him as strong favourite. The Current 7/2 looks great value and although I’ll be putting it up as a 2 point bet that may be an understatement.

2 Points win 7/2 Various