Sweetspots: Birch Vale looks pick of McCain duo with Hughes a striking booking
Tom Lacey does not like wasting petrol and boasts a 29 per cent strike-rate with 200 mile plus travellers. Kimberlite Candy (Newcastle 2.30) was knocked out of the race last time and can make amends.
Donald McCain is 4-7 with hurdles debutants at Newcastle and runs two in the 1.55. Birch Vale has Brian Hughes up and the jockey has a 48 per cent strike-rate for the stable this year.
McCain also has a great strike-rate with winners returning within seven days so comfortable Kelso scorer Whitsundays (Newcastle 3.35) is an obvious bet to follow up.