Al Kout will need to settle better going back up in trip, while Zihaam has both stamina and effectiveness on the AW to prove off a career-high mark. The reliable Donnachies Girl should go well once more but TRUMPET MAN looks the one to beat under a penalty after an easy turf win last Wednesday.
There’s nothing to choose between three-time course winners Newmarket Warrior and Blazing Dreams on recent C&D running, with them meeting on the same terms again and drawn next to each other. Both are well treated now back in form and should run well, but ROGUE TIDE (nap), a half-brother to dual course winner Devil’s Angel (runs in the 20:15), is open to improvement over this trip having shown more for the cheekpieces going on, and he gets the nod.
John Gosden boasts an excellent record with 2yos here, with 20 winners from 46 runners, and SIR EDWARD ELGAR can enhance those numbers still further after a pleasing opening effort two weeks ago. Il Bandito is feared most.
Having shown much more for the switch to the AW in first-time cheekpieces when first past the post over C&D two weeks ago (the disappointing Loweswater well held in sixth), FAVOURITE NIECE is given the chance to make amends. Talking Point and Suroor are others to consider in a trappy nursery.
In what looks an ordinary event the well-drawn ELUSIVE ARTIST is taken to get off the mark at his third attempt. C&D winner Beechwood Emily, who is also well drawn, is likely to prove the main danger.
Given his course record Great Colaci has to be seriously considered again, but his penalty suggests that he could be vulnerable. Twisted Dreams is steadily going the right way and is feared, but preference is for PEARL OF QATAR, who may have more to offer back up in trip.
This looks quite open and, although Deolali has been running well recently, preference is for FIRSTEEN, who will be suited by the step back up to 7f having run well over 6f last time. Cmon Cmon is another to consider.
Richard Fahey holds two good chances with Amayzing Eyes and Patsy Fagan, who came home nicely from an unpromising position at Redcar last time. However, the latter finished behind SHOWTIME ELLE, who’d previously done best on her side of the course at Thirsk, that day and Tracy Waggott’s filly can confirm placings and give her yard a first ever 2yo winner. Amasova should be capable of better and is another to consider.
Algaffaal has no penalty for last Friday’s course win and is actually 3lb lower thanks to his new mark kicking in but he’s having a first ever run in a sprint and has been found a race not exactly overloaded with pace. The best of that may come from the free-going, down-in-trip Araifjan, who’s respected, but this can go to HIGHLY SPRUNG, who’s fine on Tapeta and who returns to the AW on a handy mark having contested some warm turf handicaps lately.
The Racing Post’s tips for Newcastle on Wednesday
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