The JenningsBet Gosforth Park Cup is the big betting race at Newcastle on Friday evening. We will provide a horse racing tip for the 5f sprint handicap which is due to get underway at 6.35pm, along with the Group 3 JenningsBet Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes at 7.10pm.
Over at Newmarket our one tip on the card comes in the finale at 8.45pm, while at Cartmel in the afternoon we expect an Irish contender to prevail in the 2m 1f handicap hurdle at 4.47pm.
“Tip of the Day” - My Astra (7.10pm Newcastle) - 8/13 with bet365*
William Haggas’s charge looked a Group 1 filly in the making when producing one of the most impressive performances of the season at Ayr last month and should have no trouble winning this Group 3 contest before taking on bigger fish later in the year.
4.47pm Cartmel. 2m 1f
This looks a good opportunity for Irish raider A Mere Bagatelle to open his account at the eleventh time of asking over hurdles. John Joseph Hanlon’s gelding showed his first signs of form when beaten half a length in a competitive Perth handicap last month.
On the back of that promising run, the son of Born To Sea was sent off a warm 7/4 favourite to go one better back at the Scottish track earlier this month but could only finish a staying-on third after being outpaced at a crucial stage.
This course is expected to suit the five-year-old much better and with champion jockey Brian Hughes back in the saddle, A Mere Bagatelle is fancied to lose his maiden tag at long last. Kayfast Warrior, three places behind the selection at Perth, is the other one to consider.
6.35pm Newcastle. 5f
As usual a wide-open renewal of this popular sprint handicap in which many can be fancied including the Tim Easterby pair of Copper Knight and Count D’orsay.
One horse who is capable of outrunning his double-figure odds is the Tracy Waggott-trained INTRINSIC BOND (Longshot), back on an all-weather surface for the third time following two excellent runs on this course back in 2020.
The Intrinsic gelding ran out an impressive winner of a six furlong maiden here on his first start as a three-year-old. And returned to the Gosforth Park track later that year to finish a two length third behind a couple of decent performers in Brian The Snail and Fresh in a Class 3 handicap.
That was off a 1lb higher mark than Dale Swift’s mount will be running off here and while the five-year-old has yet to win on turf this season, a repeat of the selection’s second at Ripon at the beginning of the month would entitle him to go close.
7.10pm Newcastle. 1m 2f
With opening quotes of around 4/6, bookmakers are taking no chances with the William Haggas-trained MY ASTRA (Nap) who looked the real deal when producing one of the most impressive performances of the season so far with a 12 length victory in a Listed race at Ayr last month.
The ease of that win over some decent fillies at the Scottish track was not lost on the handicapper who put the daughter of Lope De Vega up from a mark of 95 to 115. The mount of Tom Marquand looks a Group 1 filly in waiting and while the prospect of a bit of even money about My Astra looks unlikely, she should have little trouble in winning this Group 3 contest before taking on bigger fish later in the year.
8.45pm Newmarket. 1m 2f
With top weight of 10st 2lb to carry and attempting to concede 22lb to the lightly-raced three-year-old Aeonian, the John & Thady Gosden-trained PETER THE GREAT (Nb) would appear to have a stiff task in an effort to take this 1m 2f Class 2 handicap.
Unraced as a juvenile, the son of New Approach got off to the best possible start on his three-year-old debut when winning Newmarket’s Wood Ditton Stakes. The gelding has been slow to fulfil that early potential until winning with plenty in hand at Chelmsford earlier in the month.
The horse seems at his best when able to dictate matters up front and with no guaranteed front-runner in the field, jockey Robert Havlin should be able to dominate matters, outclassing his rivals in the process.
* Betting odds quoted are subject to changes.