Written 28th November
Newcastle Fighting Fifth Betting at 21.co.uk
The National Hunt Season is firmly underway with Cheltenham, Newbury and Ascot already playing host to some of the best jumpers and hurdlers the UK has to offer, but now we’re heading to the far north of the UK as we visit Newcastle for their primary jumps meeting of the year which includes the illustrious Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
Here at 21.co.uk, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears close to the ground at Newcastle so we’ll have all the latest news and views on some of the biggest odds at the meeting. As always, punters can check out the latest horse racing betting odds from all of the biggest meetings so they’ll be able to bet now whether they’re at home or on-the-go. Head over to our main horse racing betting markets for all the info you need and our punters will also find ante-post betting for the greatest show on turf, the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
Fighting Fifth Betting at 21.co.uk
All eyes will be on the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle this weekend with Buveur D’Air looking for an unprecedented hat-trick of victories. Now eight-years-old, he and Barry Geraghty will face some stiff competition from 10/1 chance Lady Buttons, who’ll be looking to build on her mares hurdle victory at Wetherby and to assert her dominance, so we expect to see a close race here.
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Trainers To Watch at Newcastle
After looking at the highlight race of the day the trainer which stands out by a country mile is Nicky Henderson. The Newmarket-based racing legend has some of the biggest horses in training at his disposal including Altior and Buveur D’Air, but it’s a rare occasion for him to send any of this starlets this far north, so he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on this weekend.
Local trainer Brian Ellison is well-known on the wider racing stage thanks to Definitely Red and his recent performances in the Gold Cup and Grand National. However, here at Newcastle, he seems to come into his own. He has a 36.36% strike rate on this course across the last three seasons which equates to 11 big wins, so he’s certainly one to watch this weekend especially with the likes of Robeam and Baron De Midleton expected to make an appearance.
It’s a short drive for Sue Smith to come from West Yorkshire to Newcastle and she certainly makes it count with her combined strike rate of 44.86% on the national hunt hurdle and chase courses. The stables form has been strong so far this season with Midnight Shadow performing well at Haydock, and the trainer will be hoping to build on that here.
Jockeys To Watch at Newcastle
It’s rare to see Danny Cook steer away from riding at courses in the north which is something that can be seen from his impressive strike rate of 40% when tackling the hurdles and chases fences at Newcastle. Normally the jockey for Sue Smith, we expect to see him aboard all of her chances this weekend, and he’s also set to pick up a ride for John Quinn on Grazeon Roy.
Another jockey who tends to focus his efforts towards the northern tracks in the UK, Brian Hughes has a very impressive record at not only Newcastle but also Wetherby and Sedgefield. He’s down to ride for Donald McCain this weekend on Navajo Pass which should be a confidence booster, so watch this space 21.co.uk punters to see if he can make it count at Newcastle.
Newcastle Course Guide
A top racing destination since 1882 Newcastle is one of the many courses in the UK that plays host to both Flat and National Hunt racing. Hosting major races in both categories, it’s recent redevelopment and the addition of an all-weather surface on the flat course means it has the capacity to host those races all year round, a feat not many places can boast about. But it stages only one Grade One Hurdle Race, the Fighting Fifth, which is part of the Hurdling Triple Crown.
The course itself runs left-handed and due to the weather in the North East of England it can often be a testing course with heavy and soft to heavy ground the normal going conditions on the jumps course. Quite often the course is a test of stamina and jockeys will need to be on a horse that stays if they want to make to the final bend. Although the fences do take some jumping, it's not until the final turn where we’ll see a horse really turn the screw and push for home.
Elsewhere in Horse Racing
It’s not just Newcastle where top racing action is happening this weekend with Newbury hosting some top Grade 2 action in the Long Distance Hurdle where we expect to see Thistlecrack and Paisley Park make their first appearance of the season.
On Saturday it’s the Trophy Chase where all the top runners will be expected to head to post and we’ve listed some of the top chances for that contest below:
|De Rasher Counter||9/1|
|On The Blind Side||11/1|
|** 14/1 Bar|
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