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Newcastle – 5th November: DOM’S NAP + NB | Friday’s 2 Best Bets

Our team’s two best bets for the action at Newcastle on Friday afternoon

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Both Vintage Polly and Starbo finished ahead of him at this course last month but perhaps Phillip Makin can overturn that form with the weights now in his favour.

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That was his first outing since June compared to his race-fit rivals and he should strip fitter for it here, with Rowan Scott back in the plate.

A switch to the all-weather clearly proved fruitful and he could be the one to side with off a lowly mark of 45.

NB: RIVER TWEED | 5:30pm Betway Handicap

The unexposed son of Starspangledbanner won with ease at Redcar to shed his maiden tag in October on his first run under Kieran Shoemark and the Group 1 winning jockey keeps the partnership in-tact in the North East.

2GA7P0J Lady Bowthorpe ridden by jockey Kieran Shoemark (right) wins the Qatar Nassau Stakes (Fillies' Group 1) (British Champions Series) during day three of the Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester.
Kieran Shoemark rides River Tweed for the second time this Friday

An opening handicap mark of 75 could be a bit stiff but he ran well at this course on debut and given the manner of his success last time out.

Captain Vallo, who has been ultra-consistent at this track on his last three starts, looks the obvious alternative.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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