The highlight on Newcastle’s seven-race card is undoubtedly the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at 3.50 but the supporting card offers plenty of attractive betting opportunities, nonemoreso than the seven furlong Betfred World Cup Double Delight Handicap at 3.15.
11 Horses (Prince’s Trust declared a non-runner) are set to go to post for the £20k contest in which bookmakers quote the Mark Johnston-trained bottom weight Almargo their 5-1 favourite closely followed by My Freedom, Dream Walker and Foxtrot Romeo all priced around the 6-1 mark.
Receiving between eight and twenty four pounds from his ten rivals the mount of Joe Fanning, who was beaten a little over five lengths when tenth behind Born In Bombay in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, could take some beating if in the same kind of form but it is the ultra-consistent Farlow who makes most appeal at the 9-1 available with Ladbrokes.
The 6-year-old ended last season with a creditable fifth in Ayr’s Bronze Cup beaten just two lengths, and started his 2014 campaign with another big run finishing fourth in the 22-runner William Hill Spring Mile at Doncaster back in March. A winner at Thirsk next time the Richard Fahey-trained gelding was raised to a mark of 90 and despite failing to add to that victory in three subsequent attempts has ran with distinction each time particularly when a close fourth behind Royal Hunt Cup favourite Abseil at Epsom on his most recent start. The mount of Paul Hanagan is incapable of running a bad race and looks certain to go close granted average luck in running at Gosforth Park.