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    Horse racing at Newcastle

    Horse racing in the Newcastle area dates back to the early 17th century when races were run at Killingworth, but the current course in the Gosforth Park area of the greater Tyne and Wear region opened in 1882. Newcastle racecourse hosts all-weather, flat and National Hunt racing, but at Hurdle Bet we are solely concerned with the latter. There are two prestige races at this Tyneside track; the first in the season being the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle over 2m at the end of November or start of December. As it is over the smaller obstacles and that distance, horses often subsequently aimed at the Champion Hurdle turn out at Newcastle. Recent examples of this are 2013 Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner My Tent Or Yours, who went on finish a neck second behind Jezki in the 2014 Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Kribensis, the only horse to win the Hurdling Triple Crown, scored in the 1989 Fighting Fifth before subsequent successes in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and the big one around Prestbury Park the following March.

    Neat Newcastle tips from Hurdle Bet

    If you’re after Newcastle tips, then Hurdle Bet obliges. Could 2016 Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Irving turn out at the Festival? Apple’s Jade, a game second behind Irving, looks to hold leading claims of a crack at the Mares’ Hurdle, also on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, Apple’s Jade subsequently won another Grade 1, the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, at Fairyhouse from Vroum Vroum Mag. The other prestige race we offer Newcastle tips on is the Eider Chase, an extended 4m affair held in February which, because of its distance, is a good preparation run for horses thinking of entering the Grand National at Aintree. Comply Or Did did the Eider and National double in 2008, so Newcastle form has plenty to say about elite National Hunt racing. Get all the best tips from this course and many others on Hurdle Bet.