NEWCASTLE have been working round the clock to save Thursday's fixture, so fingers crossed it passes a morning inspection.
There is some interesting action, kicking off with a 1m 4f handicap. SYSTEMIC (4.30) responded very positively to blinkers when romping home over course and distance last month and the handicapper went into a huff, imposing a 13lb rise. Hugo Palmer’s gelding may again have the last laugh.
Madheeh has been raised 5lb for the eclipse of previous course winner King Of The South, but Billy Garritty balances the scales with his 5lb allowance. They look the main threat.
NICK VEDDER (6.30) has maintained a good level of form through a busy campaign at Southwell and a visor replaces cheekpieces in the Betway Casino Handicap over six furlongs. He handles this track, winning over course and distance in January 2019 off a 10lb higher mark, and remains in great nick on the evidence of his neck second to well-backed Excessable nine days ago.
Pearl Of Qatar keeps knocking on the door and the grey is now equipped with a visor following her neck second to Sirrodneyredblood earlier this week.
12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
12:20 Hexham - Race: 1