The feature race on Tuesday takes place in the early hours of the morning in Australia, courtesy of the Melbourne Cup. While in Britain we have to make do with the meetings at Redcar, Warwick, Southwell and Newcastle in the evening.
Today’s horse racing tips come from both north-east racecourses, Redcar, where the ground is soft along with Gosforth Park’s Tapeta surface.
“Tip of the Day” - Flight Plan (12.20pm Redcar) - Evens with BetUK
Well supported on his debut at Leicester and from a stable with a wealth of juvenile talent, Karl Burke’s Night Of Thunder colt could turn out to be in a different class to his 10 rivals.
12.20pm Redcar, 7f - Flight Plan (Nap)
While both The King’s Men and Time Traveller have shown promise for their respective trainers - Michael Dods and Richard Fahey - the Karl Burke-trained FLIGHT PLAN could turn out to be in a different league to his rivals as these juveniles continue to progress.
The Night Of Thunder colt was well backed to win a hot Leicester contest on his debut three weeks ago, a race in which the winner Caragio went on to finish fourth in Newbury’s Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes on his next start. Runner up Highbank is a highly regarded Godolphin inmate so it was no surprise to see Flight Plan fail to match strides with those two horses in the last couple of furlongs.
The mount of Daniel Tudhope travelled well in the early part of the race until running very green from the halfway point. With that experience under his belt, we are likely to see Flight Plan in a much better light for a stable with a wealth of juvenile talent this season.
6.15pm Newcastle, 1m - Printemps (Next Best)
Top weight Star Shield has a good record on Newcastle’s Tapeta surface, both of the gelding’s all-weather victories coming over tonight’s course and distance. The booking of jockey Jason Watson certainly takes the eye following Star Shield’s short head second on the course just a few days ago.
David O’Meara’s charge runs off the same mark of 76 and looks sure to go well again. But the only three-year-old in the race, PRINTEMPS, has the look of a horse much better than that of a Class 5 performer on only her third start since joining trainer Karl Burke from France during the summer.
After finishing a close second at Southwell on her British debut, the filly went one better in a Newmarket handicap, a length and a half in front of the fourth horse, Canoodled, who ran out a wide-margin winner of a 16-runner handicap at headquarters on Saturday.
Raised just 2lb by the handicapper for that victory, Printemps should provide a stable who is enjoying a successful year with yet another winner.
7.15pm Newcastle, 6f - Lady Celia (Each Way) (Longshot)
Following a recent wind op, John Quinn’s lightly-raced One More Dream ran out an easy winner over today’s course and distance last week and is sure to prove popular under a 6lb penalty. The Bated Breath gelding certainly has the scope to improve upon a rating of 56. But I think this could be a good opportunity for the Richard Fahey-trained LADY CELIA (e.w.) to record a second win on the course, the first coming off a 1lb higher mark over two years ago.
The daughter of Mayson finished fourth on the course two weeks ago over the minimum trip when doing all of her best work towards the end of the race. Jack Garritty’s mount should appreciate the return to six furlongs and the five-year-old is fancied to make the frame at the very least.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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