Through The Card: Newbury, Saturday 15 August

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"...this lightly-raced four-year-old appeals as the type to carry on progressing."

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13:15 - AL SAARIYAH (2) improved on her debut form to finish runner-up at Haydock last time, despite still looking a little rough around the edges. Al Saariyah was slowly away and didn't settle fully at Haydock, but she kept on nicely, showing enough to suggest she's up to winning a race of this nature. That is the best piece of form on offer and a bold bid is expected.

13:50 - DHAHABI (2) boasts a superb pedigree, a Frankel colt who is a half-brother to Golden Horn, and a price tag to match, bought for 3,100,000 guineas as a yearling. He looked a good prospect in making a winning debut on Newmarket's July course last month, staying on to lead in the final 100 yards, and with plenty of improvement surely forthcoming, he is sure to win more races.

14:25 - AFAAK (2) ran right up to his best to finish third in the Golden Mile at Goodwood last time and he is on the same mark as when successful in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last year. That remains his most recent victory but he has produced a number of creditable efforts in defeat and is clearly on good terms with himself, so he should give a good account.

15:00 - ALIGNAK (1) looked a horse to follow when running out a wide-margin winner at Kempton on his final start last season and he has progressed rapidly this term, doing well under the circumstances to win a handicap on his return at Newcastle, making good headway having been further back than ideal. He was only narrowly denied in a listed race at Haydock last time, showing improved form in the process, and this lightly-raced four-year-old appeals as the type to carry on progressing.

15:35 - THREAT (10) showed enough on his reappearance in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to suggest that he has trained on. He possibly found a mile stretching his stamina at Royal Ascot, but he wasn't far below the level that saw him land the Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes last season. He was disappointing in the July Cup but is taking a drop in class here and is worth another chance over seven furlongs, which could prove to be his optimum trip.

16:10 - TICK TOCH (8) represents William Haggas, who has his powerful string in good form, and she makes as much appeal as any on debut in a race featuring only two horses with experience. She hails from a good family and is a half-sister to Tiempo Vuela, who was an impressive winner on debut last season.

16:45 - SURREY PRIDE (12) shaped with clear promise when finishing fourth over a mile at Sandown last time and should be suited by stepping back up to a mile and a quarter. Surrey Pride disappointed on his return at Haydock last month, but he probably needed the run and showed improved form at Sandown, doing some good late work having been short of room. He has not yet shown everything he has to offer.

17:20 - COCONUT (9) finished in the frame here on her first couple of starts before finding only a promising newcomer too good at Haydock, on her first attempt at this trip. She still didn't quite look the finished article at Haydock, edging to her left when asked to make her challenge, and she should continue to improve.

17:55 - GAS MONKEY (3) won four times during 2019, including on both starts here. He has returned in good heart this season and ran right up to his best when runner-up at Sandown last month, simply bumping into a progressive rival with far too much in hand. He remains on the same mark and should launch a bold bid.

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