The excellent Kevin Philippart De Foy sends one to Newcastle this evening and at 8-1, Vafortino is worth backing.

He was a smart juvenile for Joseph O’Brien, winning twice at this trip before a third in Listed company in October 2020.  He was limited to just three starts last term, but the first of those was a third in a really competitive contest over a mile at Gowran Park on reappearance.

He has been gelded since his last run at Listowel in September and has been sent by his owners to a young trainer going places.  The mark looks workable and Laura Pearson has teamed up well with this yard in the past.

RECOMMENDED BET: 7.00pm Newcastle – Vafortino each-way @ 8-1 (all firms)