Newcastle best bet (1845): Pepsi Cat to continue top form, Henery Hawk could surprise
Newcastle has a tasty Saturday night card for racing fans to enjoy, and this competitive five-furlong sprint could provide plenty to cheer about for serious bettors and casual punters alike.
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The one to beat has to be the Gosdens’ Cover Up, who landed two wins from six outings last year and was last seen making an impressive all-weather debut at Lingfield in November, when returning jockey Kieran Shoemark eased this promising four-old home over a longer six-furlong trip with more than a length in hand.
His 2/1 odds might appeal to more serious bettors, but arguably better value could be found among the higher-priced each-way prospects, especially with four places widely available.
Those extra places appear to make second-favourite Pepsi Cat something of a shoo-in for an each-way return after Steph Hollinshead’s five-year-old mare ended a run of four near-miss runner-up spots with a hat-trick of all-weather wins.
Suggested bet: Pepsi Cat each-way in the 18:45 at Newcastle
Two of those three successes came over this course and distance, the second of which was just three weeks ago in a 9-runner handicap, winning with three-quarters of a length in hand, but with more in the locker if required.
There has been a flurry of activity among Tipstrr’s each-way specialists, with a few lower down the betting catching their collective eye for outsider value.
Zarzyni has been underachieving in 16 winless outings and could be ready to bounce back soon, while the significant booking of Hollie Doyle could bring Jump The Gun back into the reckoning, although he is notoriously a sluggish starter, and that could cost him over this first attempt over this minimum trip.
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Pick of the outsider bunch, however, is the seemingly overlooked Henery Hawk, who has won three times over this very trip, including an 11-runner handicap just six days ago.
Linda Perratt’s seven-year-old left 10 useful sprinters in his wake that night, always holding on after making his move a furlong out, and although earning a five-pound penalty for his troubles, he remains a viable threat under the useful allowance of Ethan Jones.
It’s worth noting that this promising claimer has only had previous five rides at this track, but has made the frame with four of them, including two recent victories, so he already knows the way to Newcastle’s winners; enclosure.
Outsider punt: Henery Hawk each-way in the 18:45 at Newcastle