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Newcastle best bet: Phoenix Star set to rise and shine at decent odds

There’s a decent line-up of racing action to enjoy at Newcastle’s on Friday evening, with this five-furlong dash likely to be one of the most competitive races on the card.

19:45 Newcastle: Always Gamble Responsibly With BetUK Handicap (5 furlongs)

Golden Rainbow has attracted understandable support as a three-time course-and distance winner, two of which successes have come during the last month, with only a close-up runner-up spot in between denying a quickfire hat-trick

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However, this return to handicapping with a five-pound penalty to carry should level the playing field enough to allow his closest market rival Mumcat to be optimistic in first-time blinkers, while Latin Five must also be taken seriously after tasting course-distance success as a 25/1 shot when last seen here a fortnight ago.

In terms of betting value, however, our final nod goes to another Newcastle course specialist, Phoenix Star, who will be looking to turn the tables on Latin Five after being the three-quarter-length runner-up behind him in that race here 14 days ago.

Suggested best bet: Phoenix Star in the 19:45 at Newcastle

Jessica Macey's experienced eight-year-old has four course-distance wins under his belt, the most recent of which was his penultimate outing last month, when he left nine decent sprinters comfortably in his wake.

With eight attempts over this minimum trip at Newcastle since September, figures of 11253212 suggest an affinity with the challenging uphill gradient regardless of his draw, and given a decent break he will surely be near to to action again under Jonny Peate’s useful three-pound claim.



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