7.15 Newcastle: Class 5 Handicap, 7f
The British Lion won off 5lb higher over course and distance twelve months ago – that form looks strong and has been franked. He never went quite close ever since, though ran a few fair races in better grade and off higher handicap ratings.
The 4-year-old gelding has dropped significantly in his mark, despite two okayish efforts in his last two starts, which came after a break.
He Johnston yard is in fine order right now and The British Lion has another engagement next week Monday – so here are more than a few hints that a big performance can be expected today.
10pts win – The British Lion @ 13/2 MB
7.45 Newcastle: Class 6 Handicap, 6 furlongs
The drift in the betting is a worry but I feel there is a strong case to be made for Bobby Joe Leg here.
First time blinkered, dropping down to class 6 for the first time, a 1lb below his last winning mark, even though he also was successful off 4lb higher, a CD scorer who has TS and RPR ratings that give him a top chance if he’s anywhere near that today.
The jockey booking isn’t inspiring, which is a concern – but James Sullivan only comes here for this one ride – let’s hope he make it count.
Bobby Joe Leg usually goes from the front. This looks to be a fast race. He stays a bit further as a strong 7f effort here at Newcastle last year proved. He may the answer to a tricky race.
10pts win – Bobby Joe Leg @ 18/1 PP