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12.45 Newcastle – Beast Mode
Beast Mode makes the trek up from Newmarket for the 7 furlong maiden at Newcastle, and he looks to be great value at odds of 4/1 5.00 +400 4.00 4.00 -0.25 to score at the second time of asking. He has lofty entries, which suggests he is held in some regard at home there was plenty to like about his debut run.
The son of Cape Cross clearly wasn’t fully wound up first time out at Newmarket, and went off at odds of 20/1 21.00 +2000 20.00 20.00 -0.05 . Finished 8th of 13 that day, beaten just shy of 8 lengths. That maiden has turned out to be a very good one, with the winner since going close in Group 3 company, and the third has won a very competitive maiden at Goodwood. Beast Mode ran green and hung a little that day and that experience will have proved invaluable, and should have unlocked plenty of improvement. Newcastle is a flatter and easier course for inexperienced horses than Newmarket, and the son of Cape Cross is likely to appreciate the track.
Richard Fahey’s Dark Devil technically has the best form in the race, and finished second at Chester on debut. That was an encouraging run, but the contest at Chester wasn’t as strong as the one Beast Mode ran in.
Peter Chapple-Hyam has a good record with his second time out 2 year olds, and he has an excellent record at Newcastle in recent years – 5/10 for £9.44 LSP. At odds of 4/1 5.00 +400 4.00 4.00 -0.25 , he rates the value.
1.50 Newcastle – Day Of The Eagle
Day Of Eagle has a touch of class, and down in claiming grade, he could be difficult to beat under a favourable racing weight. If his last run is disregarded, he should be closer to even money, and as such, represents value at 47/25 2.88 +188 1.88 1.88 -0.53 .
Michael Easterby’s 9 year old was a formerly classy runner, but he had been on the decline until spring of this year, when he racked up back to back victories. Followed those wins up with some consistent efforts until last time out at Ripon. There were excuses at the Yorkshire track, as the son of Danehill Dancer was hampered on the bend and something appeared amiss after that.
Day Of The Eagle gets to race off 9 stone 1, which comfortably puts him in as the best weighted horse in the field. Shouldn’t have trouble in the run over the straight mile, and underfoot conditions will definitely suit. As long as he is unscathed from the Ripon run, Easterby’s horse really should win.
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