Today The Racing Horse offers our Newcastle Racecourse Template to our members and hope they find the information of some value. We genuinely believe that absorbing or having a general overview of what has been happening at the course sharpens our thought processes and stops us from betting cold. As we blog at 05.27am we remind ourselves that five trainers are venturing north with just one runner each and imagine all the preparation that entails. More about that later...
There is an 7-race card with 5 handicaps that would be tough to solve without some help. Over the next couple of weeks there are 5 meetings scheduled.
Newcastle switched from turf to all-weather during the winter of 2015/16, and like Wolverhampton, the surface it uses is Tapeta. It differs from the majority of the all-weather tracks in that as well as a traditional oval, it has a floodlit straight mile course.
NON-HANDICAP RACES (5 YEARS) HANDICAP RACES (5 YEARS)
2yo: 48-108 for 44% (-8.28) 26-61 for 43% (+13.01)
3yo: 74-155 for 48% (+1.65) 84-234 for 36% (+6.25)
4yo+: 11-36 for 31% (-10.53) 147-499 for 29% (-50.63)
Total: 133-299 for 44% (-17.15) 257-794 for 32% (-31.36)
TOP TRAINERS at Newcastle for current year
Ben Haslam: 6 wins from 17 for 35% (+21.58)
David Thompson: 4 wins from 10 for 40% (+47.00)
Michael Appleby: 4 wins from 20 for 21% (-7.99)
Richard Fahey: 4 wins from 23 for 17% (-8.50)
Antony Brittain: 4 wins from 23 for 17% (+4.00)
William Haggas: 3 wins from 5 for 60% (+1.64)
TOP JOCKEYS at Newcastle for current year
Joe Fanning: 8 wins from 49 for 16% (-5.17)
Andrew Mullen: 7 wins from 35 for 17% (+31.58)
Cam Hardie: 5 wins from 29 for 17% (+4.25)
P J McDonald: 5 wins from 34 for 15% (-15.79)
Clifford Lee 4 wins from 11 for 36% (+28.00)
Callum Rodriquez: 4 wins from 29 for 14% (+17.00)
Five trainers venture north today and each of them runs just one horse.
Andrew Balding (300 miles) who saddles Danzan 7.00 at 9/1 (William Hill and BetVictor) and in the same race Daniel Kubler (284) runs Outrage at 4/1 (general). Charlie Hills (283) sends up Ripley for the 5.00 at 15/2 (William Hill and BetVictor) hoping to win £2,588. Archie Watson (283) sends up the 10yo Captain Lars at 4/5 (William Hill and BetVictor) and finally Roger Varian (244) takes up Kingdom Of Dubai 6.30 at 13/8 (SkyBet and BetVictor) hoping to win £2,911. Clearly there is always pressure to find and register that next winner!
Top trainers at Newcastle this year
Top trainer at the course this year is Ben Haslam but he has no runners today. David Thompson runs Splash Of Verve 5.00 at 9/1 (Paddy Power) but the jockey booking tells us not today! Michael Appleby has won 3 races from his last 6 runners including prices of 20/1 and 14/1 and he runs three including Lion Hearted 6.00 at 1/2 (SkyBet, William Hill and BetVictor), Moonraker 7.00 at 11/2 (SkyBet, William Hill and BetVictor) and Zapper Cass 7.30 at 12/1 (Betfair and Paddy Power).
Richard Fahey runs two, they are Beresford 6.30 at 7/1 (general) and Bengali Boys 7.00 at 10/1 (general). Finally, another in form trainer Antony Brittain runs three which include Hussar Ballad 5.00 at 12/1 (general), One One Seven 5.30 at 9/2 (general) and Capla Demon 8.00 at 20/1 (SkyBet, William Hill and BetVictor).
Elixsoft to give Lion Hearted a race?
Three of the top jockeys have rides today but we are considering whether to take on Lion Hearted 6.00 with Elixsoft and a certain Callum Rodriquez. This 4yo filly is a course winner and running into form and this is her third run back after a long break, she will be fit today. We noted she was a good third at 6/1 in a handicap at this course (7.1f) 17 days ago, running on. Although she is currently 7lb higher than when last scoring, her best RPR came over a mile. She looks an each-way bet to nothing and if the favourite, who has his fourth run since 24 January feels his legs or is not as effective over a mile our filly can win. The 8/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power looks big to us and we are certain each-way money will come for her later today so a trading opportunity also! Trainer Roger Fell is 1-5 for 20% (+5.00) for February and 3-28 for 11% (+25.50) for January so has the figures we need.
Callum Rodriquez +98.23
We have been following Callum Rodriquez recently and he has two rides today in Elixsoft 6.00 at 8/1 (Betfair and Paddy Power) and Major Crispies 8.00 at 12/1 (general). This year he has continued his good start and shows 9 winners from 48 rides for 19% and a level-stake profit of +29.33.
CALLUM RODRIGUEZ since January 2015
2yo AW: 6-20 for 30% (+40.24)
2yo Turf: 7-84 for 8% (-40.15)
3yo AW: 12-56 for 21% (+29.00)
3yo Turf 18-125 for 14% (-4.01)
4yo+ AW: 38-234 for 16% (+86.83)
4yo+ Turf: 48-357 for 13% (-13.67)
Total: 129-876 for 15% (+98.23)
At Newcastle the jockey records fantastic figures given the type of horses he rides and astonishingly is 32 winners from 164 rides for 20% and a level-stake profit of +99.73
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