Boogie Babe a handicap winner waiting to happen at Newcastle
SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE (4.15) tumbled down the weights after a frustrating summer, but the John Quinn-trained four-year-old bounced back to form over this course and distance last time out.
Jason Hart sent his mount to the front at an early stage and never looked in any danger, coming home a length clear of Bold Spirit with a big gap back to the rest.
He can repeat the trick despite meeting his old rival on 4lb worse terms.
AVENUE OF STARS (3.45) has built up an 11-race losing streak since winning at Pontefract last April, but he can get back to winning ways.
Karen McLintock’s four-year-old has generally struggled this year, but market support suggested a better run was expected at Hamilton last week and he lost out by only three-quarters of a length. That display entitles him to serious respect in this company.
MOUNT KINABALU (1.45) should go well. Kevin Ryan’s two-year-old was beaten 13 lengths at Doncaster last time out, but he showed promise on his debut at Ayr in May, losing second only in the final few strides. He could easily bounce back if a gelding operation and nine-week break help him rediscover that sort of form.
Three of the ten runners in the 1m4f handicap won last time out, but they may struggle to match THE NEW PHAROAH (3.55).
He is readily excused a modest fifth at Haydock last time out as the steady early pace didn’t suit.
A previous win at Doncaster was the best effort of his career as he stayed on gamely to deny Pendergast Hill.
He is only 1lb higher here and won his only previous start over this course and distance.
HALLINGS COMET (3.05) has done well since joining Shaun Lycett and could enjoy more success in the 2m handicap hurdle.
The eight-year-old won on his debut for this trainer on the sand in November and has added two hurdles victories over this course and distance recently, including his latest start in July when he overcame some shoddy jumping.
A 5lb higher mark is well within his capabilities if he can eliminate those mistakes.
BOOGIE BABE (9.15) came up short in three all-weather maidens, but she has looked a winner waiting to happen since moving into handicaps.
Richard Fahey’s three-year-old was beaten just a neck at Ayr in July after a slow start and again picked up second place to the well-backed favourite Hamish McGonagain at Nottingham last time.
She has gone up 3lb for that, but this still looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark.
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