Mudawwan to strike Newcastle gold
MUDAWWAN blew away the cobwebs with an encouraging effort two weeks ago following a break and can reap the benefit back at Newcastle today.
Trainer James Bethell had given the five-year-old seven weeks off after a disappointing run at the Gosforth Park track and Mudawwan looked like he was back to form when finishing third to Harvest Day after making most of the running.
Despite what was a respectable effort, the handicapper dropped the son of Invincible Spirit 1lb for the second successive race and he is now just 1lb higher than his last winning mark in September. It looks enough for Mudawwan to get his head back in front in the Ladbrokes Handicap.
PEA SHOOTER retains plenty of ability at the age of 10 as he showed with a gutsy victory over this five-furlong course four weeks ago.
Brian Ellison's charge can repeat the trick in the Betway Sprint Handicap.
WINDFORPOWER is no back number either, at the age of nine, and can prove the point by winning the Betway Classified Stakes.
Tracy Waggott's stable stalwart has tumbled down the ratings, but is usually not beaten that far, and is racing outside handicap company for the first time in nearly six years in what is his 144th career start.
RET LOOPY has won two and finished twice in his last four races, all on this track, and is unlikely to be far away in the sunracing.co.uk Handicap.
The five-year-old, trained by Ben Haslam, kept Trevithick at bay by a neck when successful two weeks ago. He can defy a 1lb rise.
There is jumps racing just 36 miles down the road from Newcastle at Sedgefield, where Jokers And Rogues can have the last laugh by defying top weight in the Bradbury Handicap Chase.
Ken Slack's 11-year-old made all when winning unchallenged by 15 lengths over the course and distance two weeks ago.
He could take some pegging back if in the same mood.
MINELLA FIVEO has been in the form of his life of late with two wins at Market Rasen.
Sue Smith's 11-year-old can complete the hat-trick at the Lincolnshire venue in the Happy 80th Birthday Jim Gott Handicap Hurdle.