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Friday’s Racing Tip: Shades in Silk to strike for deadly duo at Newcastle

Captain Cat to pounce at Salisbury, the headline read, and he did exactly that as Lewis Jones was bang on the money with his 8/1 tip yesterday. That followed Wednesday unlucky 14/1 second and we’re starting to find a bit of form with this tipping column. Let’s hope it continues today…

Shades in Silk looks to have a fantastic chance of further enhancing the strike rate of trainer James Given and jockey Graham Lee in the Poker At bet365 Handicap (Newcastle 4:40).

The 2/1 chance is running for a trainer-jockey combo that works at a ratio of seven winners from 13 runners with horses sent off 7/2 or shorter.

Despite not breaking her duck on turf yet (both her wins have come on the Fibresand), this daughter of Bahamian Bounty has been a tad unlucky on her most recent outings, especially last time out where she was beaten in a tight photo after just failing to make all under Lee at Haydock.


She can gain compensation here. Get on with a one point each way stake.

A favourite of this column Western Hymn is also in action today in France but his price looks woefully short as he has to take on the very classy Prince Gibraltar in the Prix Guillaume d´Ornano – Haras du Logis Saint-Germain.

John Gosden’s three-year-old bolted away last time out in a style of a very classy performer when our money was down and we’re hoping he can get the better of his market rival today even though we have no financial interest.

Yesterday was a roaring success, there are no two ways about it. Captain Cat produced everything I expected of him and more as he completely bolted up in the Group Three Sovereign Stakes, proving that he’s just as effective on turf as he is on the all-weather.

Last seen winning at Lingfield’s inaugural Good Friday fixture, Captain Cat comprehensively thwarted any suggestions about his ability to reproduce his form to turf, travelling powerfully under the ever reliable James Doyle. Nothing was going better with two to run and with the favourite Yuften in trouble, the race was at Captain Cat’s mercy.

Anjaal, who lost upwards of eight lengths at the start, was also in contention in a steadily-run affair, but our boy Captain Cat soon put distance between himself and his rivals with a sharp turn of acceleration. He could be back in action in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday week, where, if he gets his ground, he’ll be of interest once again.

P+L Record: +104.77

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