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Friday racing tips: Dancer to find rhythm at Newcastle

19 Oct | BY Phill Anderson | MIN READ TIME |
Friday racing tips: Dancer to find rhythm at Newcastle

Phill Anderson's tips for Friday include selections from Newcastle, Uttoxeter and Dundalk.

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Five meetings remain on the UK and Ireland schedule for Friday after Haydock was forced to abandon. 

They come at Uttoxeter and Fakenham over jumps, from Redcar on the Flat and evening offerings under the lights from Newcastle and Dundalk.

We have three fancies on Friday’s cards, including Artisan Dancer for Charlie Johnston at Newcastle, where he looked desperately unlucky recently not to extend his winning run. 


Artisan Dancer (Newcastle 17:00) @ SP

Go To War (Uttoxeter 13:40) @ SP

Amemri (Dundalk 19:15) @ SP 

Dancer can get back in rhythm at Newcastle

ARTISAN DANCER took a little bit of time to find his feet having initially started out racing over distances around the mile last year, but he’s proving quite talented now that his stamina is being explored.

After three turf starts in the summer, the switch to the all-weather at Southwell (1m3f) worked the oracle for him in August as he gained a first success.

September victories followed at Chelmsford (1m5½f) and Lingfield (2m) and it was in that latter contest that he really impressed, powering home to leave his rivals stretched out in behind in a race that has worked quite well.

His only start since came here over 1m4½f a fortnight ago and while the drop in trip appeared like it was going to catch him out, he was building up a real head of steam entering the final furlong and looked as though he’d sweep by to win, only for his momentum to be checked on the nearside running rail and his chance was gone.   

Charlie Johnston’s three-year-old goes back up to this two-mile trip and remains unexposed as a stayer. From an unchanged mark, compensation awaits on his second visit to Newcastle if regular rider Oliver Stammers can avoid traffic woes when it matters in the home straight.

O’Brien and Brennan can Go To War in Midlands

Fergal O’Brien is the second-most prolific trainer at Uttoxeter across the last five seasons, boasting 39 winners at the Midlands venue and a strike-rate of more than 18 per-cent.

He introduces hurdles newcomer GO TO WAR in the Steve Whyley Memorial British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle that opens their Friday afternoon offering and this Soldier Of Fortune gelding should have a bright future over jumps.

He’s well-bred and made a winning debut here 12 months ago in a bumper, produced from the rear by Paddy Brennan to come and claim the prize from a next-time-out Chepstow winner in Fingle Bridge for Olly Murphy.

Go To War was not seen again until Aintree in the spring where he ran a commendable eighth of 20 in a Grade 2 bumper at the Grand National festival. Once more, he was held up in that race and made some late ground, albeit without troubling the principles. It’s a race that typically works out well and the form looks reliable already.

Go To War joins some promising sorts from top yards here but has leading credentials and while he may eventually want further, his bumper win here last season showed he has some pace.

Amemri can go well at Dundalk

The Floodlit Fridays At Dundalk Handicap offers a decent chance for David Marnane’s AMEMRI to go well back over a course and distance where she has won before.

The Time Test filly scored here in March and went in again on turf at Limerick over a mile in June.

She’s 0-4 since then on grass but ran well enough in a 25-runner handicap at Cork early last month, finishing fourth behind some well-treated rivals in a contest where the first three home all benefitted from having claiming riders easing their burdens. 

Amemri is rated 1lb lower for this return to the Polytrack at Dundalk and is drawn nicely in stall four now. She is not yet exposed on this surface and Luke McAteer’s partner should give a good account of herself back here in what amounts to a wide open race.