HURRAH! Newbury’s return means racing gets a glimpse of a Grade 1 track for the first time since Cheltenham.
I’ll admit it’s not been long, but I’m missing the top-class fare already. Here’s hoping we can get back in the winning groove with some winners.
3.50 Petite Jack – Remains on a decent mark despite copping a 6lb penalty for winning nicely at the track last time out.
The introduction of James Doyle looked to make a big difference and it’s encouraging that he’s in the plate once again.
The six-year-old already has the beating of a couple of these and this isn’t the strongest of contests for the grade.
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3.05 Wishfull Dreaming – Always threatened to be smart when trained by Philip Hobbs but never really hit the heights.
Has rediscovered some form under the care of Sam England and produced a fine performance to win easily at this track last time.
He’s still well-handicapped on his old form and can go in again.
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3.05 Musselburgh – Wishfull Dreaming
3.25 Newbury – Goodnitesweetheart
3.50 Lingfield – Petite Jack
6.00 Newcastle – International Law
3.25 Goodnitesweetheart – Knuckled down nicely to get the better of an in-form rival last time, with the pair eight lengths clear of the rest.
The runner-up and since gone on to sluice up at Taunton and he looks well-in even after a rise in the weights.
He should have too much gas with Noel Fehily replacing Kieron Edgar up top.
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6.00 International Law – Broke a fairly lengthy losing run at Wolverhampton last time out, coming with a late run to overhaul a couple of more fancied contenders.
He’s only been raised 2lb for that – which looks very fair – and won over this C and D off a lower mark back in February last year.
He should have a bit more in the locker now considering his last outing came after an 104-day break.