Though the Bronze Cup card tempts, we need some lines in reserve for tomorrow's Silver and Gold, so the more manageable Newbury card gets our attention on Friday.
"Special Season could be very good, but at his current price we can look to others."
14:10 - Operative has far more experience than Fighting Temeraire and there's no reason to disbelieve his improved run last time, so of the two currently vying for favouritism he's the one we're more interested in.
14:45 - Satellite could easily be well ahead of his mark, but we're leaning towards Keep In Line, who has been consistent of late and is still going the right way, putting up an improved effort last time despite significant interference.
15:20 - Convention says take them all in a four-runner race- a bit more application can rule out a quarter of those lines. Xinbama arguably doesn't deserve to be quite as big as 20s, but he's undoubtedly an outsider and is therefore left aside. Watersmeet, Fractal and Memorial Day cover the overwhelming majority of possible outcomes.
15:55 - Special Season could be very good, but at his current price we can look to others. Stormy Atlantic is getting better all the time and will benefit from stepping up to a mile, while Fleeting Visit achieved more than he's been given credit for in coming off second-best to Champagne City at Ripon last month.
16:25 - Dark Emerald is a more attractive Placepot prospect than Ascription. Both have been operating above handicap level of late, though a larger body of good recent efforts (including a second to Kodi Bear in the Sovereign Stakes) puts Dark Emerald ahead.
17:00 - This is a competitive minor event to finish, but it's no place to get cute even if Nathra is strictly shorter than she deserves to be. Her debut win was backed up by the sectionals and has had a couple of positive advertisements since, so if she goes on from that as expected she's all but assured to finish in the first two.
14:10 - 7
14:45 - 5
15:20 - 1, 2, 3
15:55 - 4, 5
16:25 - 2
17:00 - 2
= 6 lines