Tonight's racing: three runners who catch the eye at Galway and Newcastle
Newcastle stages the sole evening meeting tonight, kicking off at 5.10 on At The Races, but the last race at Galway, the bumper, could also showcase some smart types. Here are three to follow
The jumps season is beginning, and Willie Mullins trains the favourite for the bumper at Galway– normal service resumed.
However, Ghurba strikes me as an interesting alternative given that his trainer Noel Meade won this race with subsequent Grade 3 winner Moulin A Vent.
Ghurba, who also runs in Patricia Hunt's eye-popping fuchsia silks, wears a tongue tie and comes from a decentfamily. He won't be without followers on racecourse debut.
Archie Watson's two-year-olds have been going very sweetly this season and Meringue will be bidding togive weight away to her six rivalsmake it three wins out of three starts.
The Battle Of Marengo filly is unbeaten after winning in style at both Kempton and Lingfield and she will be bidding for her third win at a third all-weather track. The fact she is a half-sister to dual bumper winner Bournville may go some way to explaining hername.
William Haggas's handicap debutant Field Gun is bound to be a popular selection in the final race of the evening.
With form figures of 212,he won at Chelmsford at odds of 1-6 but was beaten last time at Redcar when sent off at 1-4 under Danny Tudhope.
Rated just 75, the More Than Ready gelding is stepping up to seven furlongs for the first time, which should suit.