Sweetspots: Testa Rossa can make it a fantastic five at Newcastle
Testa Rossa has won four of his 21 starts at Newcastle. All four victories have come over today’s mile trip, and the three times the horse has raced in January, he has won twice. He runs in the 6.00.
It may be worth taking a chance on bottomweight Barnay improving for the step up in trip in the 1.40 at Lingfield. Trainer Marcus Tregoning has a 33 per cent strike-rate when applying first-time cheekpieces and is profitable with first-time handicappers.
When Sue Smith and Danny Cook combine at Market Rasen they operate at a 32 per cent strike-rate. The pair teamed up for a treble at the track last March and look to have three solid chances today with Absolutely Dylan (12.30), Red Danaher (1.00) and Iskabeg Lane (3.10).