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"...this low-mileage gelding is taken to make a winning handicap debut..."

Timeform on Festival of Ages

Moon Trouble - 14:35 Newbury

This looks an interesting sprint and h, who made an encouraging debut for this yard at Kempton recently, can come out on top, now 2 lb lower in the weights and back at what appears to be his optimum trip. The booking of Silvestre De Sousa also suggests connections mean business. Last year's winner Gracious John is an obvious danger off a potentially handy mark, while Kick On Kick On remains with potential and Ice Age also merits respect.

Festival of Ages - 15:05 Newbury

Festival of Ages evidently hasn't been the easiest to train, given he is now a five-year-old and has only reached the track five times, but his efforts on the all-weather this winter show why connections have elected to persevere with him. With further progress likely back on a more galloping track, this low-mileage gelding is taken to make a winning handicap debut. Coeur de Lion went close in this race last year and can again go well but Vis A Vis is feared most.

Space Blues - 16:10 Newbury

A tremendously competitive event that's full of potential, but Space Blues stands out even amongst such a strong field, a son of Dubawi who is related to some really smart types, and he could hardly have been more impressive at Nottingham on debut last October, so he's the obvious selection ahead of Headman and Turgenev.

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