ITV had a successful trial of midweek evening racing at Sandowns Brigadier Gerard meeting last month and the ITV4 cameras will be heading up to Newcastle this evening as its a blank day at the World Cup.
Admittedly, the racing isnt as strong this evening as it is tomorrow, but the action is still competitive, with the highlight from a betting perspective being the Gosforth Park Cup (7.30pm) over five furlongs.
This race looks wide open, with plenty in with a chance, although Id be pretty keen to take on Eastern Impact over the minimum trip, as his best form has been over six furlongs.
Atletico has a good record on the all-weather, and at this track particularly, but hes been burdened with top weight so this looks a tough ask.
Id also give a chance to Evergate in a first-time visor and Tim Easterbys Copper Knight who is back down to a very winnable mark.
However, I like the look of HOLMESWOOD at 12/1 with Coral back at five furlongs and on the all-weather.
He hasnt raced at Newcastle since the beginning of his career, but finished second and first on his first two starts at the track.
He was progressive last summer, notching a hat-trick of wins in July and August over the minimum distance, so a return to this trip and this track should suit him perfectly.
In the preceding mile handicap (6.55pm), I will be backing INSTANT ATTRACTION at a massive 20/1 each-way.
This will be the seven-year-olds first start in a 0-80 handicap for a very long time and its also his first run after a wind operation.
His last win was a long time ago, but this isnt a strong race and Im prepared to chance him each-way at the price.
Instant Attraction e/w 6.55pm Newcastle
Holmeswood e/w 7.30pm Newcastle