King Of Swing has an awful lot going for him at Nottingham.
Trained in Lincolnshire by the capable James Given, the three-year-old gelding looks to have been shrewdly placed in division one of the ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap.
King Of Swing has a nice, unexposed profile, having won so well on his debut at Haydock last September.
And though it is quite possible this son of Dutch Art would prefer conditions to be a little less brisk, those fears are surely offset by a super run on good ground a week and a half ago at Thirsk.
Given’s inmate only went down by half a length to the useful Van Gerwen, but came out of that extremely competitive six-furlong handicap with stacks of credit.
The handicapper was clearly impressed as King Of Swing has gone up 4lb for finishing second, which is probably a tad harsh.
Be that as it may, he should still be in the game off a mark of 74 in what, on paper at least, does not look as good a race as at Thirsk.
Biff Johnson can emerge one of the leading lights on a big day for Newcastle.
Gosforth Park officials will be in a state of some fervency as the racecourse stages its first all-weather fixture.
Big fields and a divided race will reassure Newcastle that the demand is there, but, with the Tapeta track in its infancy, the pitfalls for punters are obvious.
That said, there is a fairly sizeable case to invest in Biff Johnson, who represents trainer Keith Dalgleish in the Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Handicap over a mile and a quarter.
The four-year-old son of Dansili is an all-weather maestro, having won three of his last four starts on an artificial surface.
Nottingham: 2.10 Hakeem, 2.45 Wowcha, 3.15 KING OF SWING (NAP), 3.50 Maoi Chinn Tire, 4.20 Fadillah, 4.50 Kuantan, 5.20 Bukle, 5.55 Mossgo.
Wetherby: 5.40 Sublimation, 6.10 Bourbonisto, 6.40 Slemy, 7.10 Singeur, 7.40 Push Me, 8.10 Gimlet, 8.40 Olympic Duel.
Huntingdon: 5.25 Global Bonus, 6.00 Western Way, 6.30 Sir Dylan, 7.00 Ciceron, 7.30 Eco Warrior, 8.00 City Supreme, 8.30 Hill Of Gold.
Lingfield: 1.50 Poet’s Society, 2.20 Banish, 2.55 Heart Of Lions, 3.25 Cryptic, 4.00 Candesta, 4.30 Freewheel, 5.00 Monday Club, 5.35 Sudden Wish.
Newcastle: 2.00 Steccando, 2.35 Biff Johnson, 3.05 Affectionate Lady, 3.40 Outlaw Torn, 4.10 Cape Speed, 4.40 Gold Beau, 5.10 Alsvinder, 5.45 Chookie’s Lass.
Double: King Of Swing and Biff Johnson.