Saturday, December 15, 2018

2K to 10K Betting Challenge (Bet No 38 ) Sat 15th Dec

2K to 10K betting challenge continues on Saturday from Newcastle .

The betting bankroll stands at £2588,after last selection Mythical Madness finished very disappointing 6th in Sunracing Handicap at Wolverhampton .The stakes drop down to £104 .

Moving on to Saturday we have decent looking class two conditions race from Newcastle.

9 runners declared for the Betway Stayers condition stakes (Fast Track Qualifier ) over 2 miles on the Tapeta at Newcastle .The three standout contenders are Higher Power , Festival Of Ages & Watersmeet .

HIGHER POWER : 6-Y-0 Bay Gelding.Decent record on All Weather, winning 3 out 8  ,including winning the Northumberland Plate in 2017 over C&D at Newcastle .Returned to  form at Kempton last month ,finishing creditable second in 2 mile handicap at Kempton ,off mark 105 .1lb clear on official BHA ratings,though not won since July 2017.

FESTIVAL OF AGES : 4-Y-0 Bay Gelding ,winning 2 out 3 .Lightly raced sort ,won 12f maiden at Newmarket in July .Also won weak 10f Novice Stakes at Kempton last time on All Weather debut .Takes big step up in class here ,though looks open to further improvement after three starts .Unproven over this longer trip .

WATERSMEET : 7-Y-0 Grey Gelding ,All Weather Specialist winning 12 out 25 .Excellent record in class two conditions races over last two seasons, winning (5 out 8) 31113211.Returned to winning form last month ,landing class two handicap at Kempton in good style.Not won at Newcastle,though finished placed on all three starts,including fair third in this race last year.Solid claims .

VERDICT :The lightly raced Festival Of Ages looks interesting contender for top connections ,though odds around 13-8 look incredibly short for horse only rated 94 .Has 12lb to find on official ratings .Also far from certain to be suited by this extended 2 mile trip .

WATERSMEET is proven winner in this grade ,including winning 3 out 4 in (Fast Track Qualifiers) Looked as good as ever when making all in class two handicap at Kempton last month.Should take plenty of catching in this conditions race .Odds around 7-2 look very fair value .

C&D winner Higher Power looks main danger,after finishing behind Watersmeet at Kempton last time .On 3lb better terms,should be close between the pair ,though hasn't won for nearly 18 months.Will possibly have to settle for another place .

(UNPLACED SP 9-2 LOSS £104.00)

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