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‘Mountain’ and a ‘Breath’ of fresh Newcastle air

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mountain Breath returns to the scene of an encouraging debut tonight when facing ten rivals in a Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Newcastle tapeta, arguably the best all-weather surface on this planet.

This ‘new’ Gosforth Park venue is all I’ll ever want for punting purposes, no draw bias on a straight mile course; a chance to make money by using information from computation of my personal time-handicap which, primarily, is all about two-year-olds.

My fascination with juveniles leaves plenty of form students cold and mystified; that is because a new season is a blank sheet and, from the the moment the ‘Brocklesby’ is run at Doncaster in March, ‘time’ marches on right through till December 31.

Most form-ites play handicaps (jump and flat) and are assisted by official BHA handicappers who reveal their findings by virtue of publishing weights, based on previous performances, in races every day of the week.

It always struck me as difficult to bet ‘aged’ racehorses, which are handicapped to dead-heat by qualified handicappers who are armed with the very best technology; surely in a six-runner event you need odds of at least 5/1 to play unless, of course, you know something that no one else knows, like Roger ‘Withhold’ Charlton did in the ‘Ces’ at Newmarket last Saturday!

Thirty days ago Mountain Breath, ridden by Jason Hart, occupied third place in a thirteen-runner dash and achieved a half-decent TH mark; Chris Fairhurst’s charge is expected to improve and the same combination makes considerable appeal.

Earlier experienced George is definitely the one to beat in a ten-runner Novice Median Auction Stakes over the Brighton Mile on ‘good’ ground; best race of the day,by far.

‘Top-weight’ is Wilson, by virtue of being penalised for a resounding, unchallenged, course success over seven furlongs under Jamie Spencer last month; at a difference of 10lbs, including apprentice allowance of Mitch Godwin, I’m certain George, a model of consistency, will finally win at the sixth attempt.

If there is a danger to Sing Out Loud in the opener I’ve missed it!

Selections

Brighton, 11.00 Sing Out Loud; 2.30 George (nap-e.w)
Newcastle, 3.15 Mountain Heath (e.w).