In the 5.45 at Newcastle on Friday, Custard The Dragon seems equally at home on Fibresand, Polytrack and Tapeta and, off a mark just 3lb higher than when winning at Southwell earlier this month, must have every chance of completing a hat-trick. Jockey Andrew Mullen is 1-3 for the yard on the all-weather.
In the 7.15 at Newcastle, Star Of Spring ran creditably in defeat off today’s revised mark over course and distance last Saturday and, with apprentice Callum Rodriguez taking off 7lb, may be capable of making a swift return to the winners’ enclosure. Iain Jardine’s five-year-old seems better on Tapeta than elsewhere, but is still not fully exposed on the surface.
In the 8.15 at Newcastle, Novabridge is already 2-3 over course and distance this winter and still looks feasibly weighted, off a 4lb higher mark, on his hat-trick attempt. The Avondridge gelding is clearly thriving in his new surroundings, have joined Karen Tutty in October, and can keep up the good work.
Selections: Newcastle 5.45 Custard The Dragon, Newcastle 7.15 Star Of Spring, Newcastle 8.15 Novabridge, 1-point Each-way Treble