Racing League Round One Tips: Back this trio on the opening night at Newcastle

Check out our tips for night one of the Racing League
Check out our tips for night one of the Racing League

It may not have been greeted with a glowing approval from all quarters in racing, but the Racing League takes centre stage at Newcastle on Thursday evening, and we try to pick out three horses that can bound to victory in the north east...

18:55 Newcastle - William Hill Plus Bet Club Racing League Race Two

Richard Fahey's Strike Red was a winner last time out at Hamilton Park and will look to follow that success up on Thursday with another win in the second race of the evening at 18:55. But, given a 6lb rise for that success, the three-year-old could struggle to record back-to-back wins and it could be worth looking elsewhere for a value alternative.

One that catches the eye is the Stuart Williams-trained Papa Stour, who is on a long losing run of 10 races without success, but that victory came off a mark of 88 at Kempton Park back in November, and he will take his chance on Thursday off a mark of 86.  A creditable third at Chelmsford City on his last start off that mark of 86, the six-year-old son of Scat Daddy could build on that effort with cheekpieces applied. He seemed to enjoy the drop back to six furlongs having been seen over a mile prior to that outing, so if Williams can manufacture some improvement from his runner then he could be decent value in a competitive renewal.

18:55 Newcastle - William Hill Plus Bet Club Racing League Race Two
Papa Stour silk

Papa Stour


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19:25 Newcastle - William Hill Extra Place Races Racing League Race Three

Sir Mark Prescott's Royal Pleasure is well fancied to land victory in the third race on the card at 19:25, and the three-year-old has every chance if building on some creditable efforts this season. Having won two of his opening three races on the All-Weather, the Kingman gelding was sent to the turf and found himself given the unenviable task of running in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Finishing 14th of the 29 runners that day may not have shown him in his best light, but he bounced back with a fair effort off a mark of 90 in a five-runner Lingfield handicap contest a week ago. Likely to enjoy a switch away from the turf on Thursday, as he looks to bag another success on the All-Weather, Royal Pleasure will enjoy a quicker gallop in this competitive-looking contest, and having surely benefited from the experience of running in the Britannia then he can show his class in the closing stages and bound to glory.

French Rain, Woven and Gavi Di Gavi look to be the biggest dangers, but Royal Pleasure is set to relish his journey up to Newcastle, and the Tapeta surface should play right to his strengths and he can score for the Prescott team.

19:25 Newcastle - William Hill Extra Place Races Racing League Race Three
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Royal Pleasure


20:55 Newcastle - William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Racing League Race Six

We have a 1m 4f 98y contest to end the six-race card and it's yet again another competitive contest for punters to work out. John & Thady Gosden's Marshall Plan looks to be one of the main contenders for the event as he was a decent winner at Wolverhampton, and was last seen finishing a decent eighth in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot. A mark of 90 looks feasible for the three-year-old, but there could be a lurker at the bottom of the weights that could be significantly ahead of the handicapper, and will be the selection.

Roger Charlton's In The Breeze put up a career best when breaking his maiden tag at the fifth time of asking at Newbury at the start of July, and now switched to the Tapeta for the first time the son of former Derby hero Harzand looks a cracking challenger off a mark of 81. He was doing all his best work in the closing stages of that Newbury event, so the trip is no worry, and if they go a strong pace from the outset then he could be one that is staying on through beaten horses, and duly pulling clear in the closing stages.

He will need to show that he can act on the surface, but with significant potential to come, it's worth taking a chance that he will act fine on it, and he can show that he is really thriving for the Charlton team, and he can record back-to-back wins.

20:55 Newcastle - William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Racing League Race Six
In The Breeze silk

In The Breeze

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