BE PROUD (5.20) should have been freshened up by a three weeks break and makes plenty of appeal at decent odds at Newcastle.
Jim Goldie’s gelding needs a strong pace to attack over this minimum distance and he got that when scooting more than four lengths clear over course and distance last month. Be Proud was turned out again over six furlongs just five days later and ran a bit flat. Mr Greenlight showed good early speed from the widest draw at Musselburgh last week, going down by a neck, and he should ensure a strong gallop on his first experience in public of a synthetic surface. Course and distance winner Swiss Connections looks sure to go well but Be Proud looks a cast-iron ew bet.
At Yarmouth, MATEWAN (3.25) is a worthy top weight after beating subsequent winner Deinonychus at Ripon in early August (good to soft). Ian Williams has given his four-year-old a nice break and if Matewan is fully wound up he should take the measure of Lord Halifax, making his first handicap start off a tempting mark.
CATCH MY BREATH (4.00) has run two good races at Musselburgh lately, both over nine furlongs, and should cope with the forecast soft ground. John Ryan’s gelding backed up a course victory in August with a solid fourth to Luna Magic eight days ago and if all 16 runners stand their ground Catch My Breath will be very hard to knock out of the frame.
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