THEGLASGOWWARRIOR (3.00) returns to the scene of last month's victory at Newcastle and a 3lb rise is more than fair.
The form of the race has stood up well, with runner-up King Kevin winning twice and fourth horse Acker Bilk hosing up at Wolverhampton before acquitting himself with credit at Southwell on Tuesday.
Newcastle has been a happy hunting ground this winter for Jim Goldie, who has his string in top form.
HENPECKED (2.25) is well worth a decent each-way bet in the 1m 4f amateur riders' handicap.
She runs this track well and although Henpecked beat only one horse home behind Gallifrey last time, she was beaten just over three lengths. That was a much stronger contest than today's Class 6 affair and Alistair Whillans has booked a top amateur in James King.
Esspeegee seeks a four-timer and is the obvious favourite. Alan Bailey's runner will help make the market for Henpecked.
JOE'S SPIRIT (4.05) looks the answer to a trappy five-runner handicap.
Michael Bell's gelding chased home Rusper at Lingfield, and on a line through fourth horse Guvenor's Choice he has the edge over chief rival Jellmood.
Both Blue Harmony and Kikini Bamalaam race from out of the handicap, while Windsor Cross has three lengths to make up on Jelmood from his last run at Wolverhampton.
ARTFUL ROGUE (1.55) has his first run for Keith Dalgleish since leaving Amanda Perrett and the Carluke maestro has wasted no time in stepping him up to two miles.
A dual winner over 1m 4f at Kempton and Lingfield, Artful Rogue is just the type of horse Dalgleish does so well with up north.
- Newcastle 3.00 – Theglasgowwarrior (6-4, general)
- Newcastle 2.25 – Henpecked ew (5-1, Ladbrokes)
- Newcastle 4.05 – Joe's Spirit (11-8, McBookie, Paddy Power, Betfred))
- Newcastle 1.55 – Artful Rogue (5-2, general)
Johnb's Thursday Tips
- Leicester 3:25 – Du Soleil 4-1
- Newcastle 4:05 – Joes Spirit 11-8 skybet NAP/NB (double stake)
- Chelmsford City 7:30 – Caracas 3-1