Newcastle host a jump card on Saturday, featuring an eye-catching Irish raider, while there are seven all-weather races to enjoy at Lingfield, all live on Sky Sports Racing from midday.
1.23 Newcastle – O’toole and Castle Rushen go head-to-head in feature
The best of the day in Gosforth Park is the Guaranteed best odds at Vickers.Bet Everyday Handicap Chase (1.23) where O’toole will be very popular for Stuart Crawford’s team.
He makes his hunting debut after hitting a good level over obstacles, including a smart win at Down Royal in December 2021, and also boasts good form behind Kilcruit in a bumper. Daryl Jacob rides with a first tongue added.
Rushen Castle leading a field of 10 with champion jockey Brian Hughes for trainer Nicky Richards. Things didn’t go to plan on the Wetherby Hunt debut at Christmas when the horse despatched Hughes, with the pair apparently doing well.
At the age of 11, Rose Dobbin’s Slanelough has seen it all before but proved there was plenty of gas left in the tank when he scored on this course and distance in November.
12:48 Newcastle – Tommy’s Oscar the star of the show
Ann Hamilton’s stable star Tommy’s Oscar lead the field for the Download The Vickers.Bet App Novices Limited Handicap Chase (12.48) with the eight-year bid to concede weight at all levels as he returns to the fences after finishing last in the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle in his last outing.
Rated a whopping 19 pounds higher than his rivals, he should prove too good if he shows the kind of form that saw him finish a strong second at Banbridge in a second year at Cheltenham earlier this season.
by Brian Ellison Cormier and that of Donald McCain Since the first day will bid to capitalize on the slippages of the favourite.
The latter, Hughes’ steed, made a winning start over the fences at Ayr before chasing Miah Grace here on course and distance last month.
Cormier was a good sixth in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham when he last visited and is very interesting on his hunting debut.
2.20 Lingfield – Barenboim & Red Flyer high handicap competition
The Betuk Over 40,000 races streamed live Handicap (2.20) is the feature contest on a busy map in Lingfield, with Barenboim looking for the one to beat against six rivals.
David O’Meara’s five-year-old has won three of his last five starts, including at Kempton in December, with Jason Watson in the plate once again.
All-weather driver Kevin Stott makes the trip south and boards Roger Teal Marion’s Boyrunner-up in his last start at Lingfield and scored 1 pound for that effort at a mark of 74.
Obsidian Knight and red leaflet the two have course and distance victories to their name and should come close in a fascinating contest.
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