Horse Racing Tips

Through The Card: Newcastle, Friday 20 September

All-weather racing
There is all-weather racing from Newcastle on Friday evening

"There is every chance that he can belatedly resume his progress, too, now switching to handicaps from a potentially lenient mark..."

Timeform on Phuket Power

Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Friday evening...

17:15 - A dominant winner of his penultimate outing at Goodwood, BLAME IT ON SALLY (4) defied a 6 lb penalty in gritty fashion at Kempton five days later, going in snatches at the head of affairs but always doing just enough when challenged late on to get the verdict by a neck. There certainly looked to be a bit more left in the locker if needed, and while a further 5 lb rise in the weights makes life tougher here, he is very much a stayer to keep onside now on the up for Sir Mark Prescott, who has his team in excellent shape heading into the final weeks of the season.

17:50 - RAASHDY (6) became rather disappointing on the Flat for his previous yard, yet he's been rejuvenated over timber for his new stable, placed either side of getting off the mark at Hexham at the start of the month. He could be worth chancing to exploit what could well prove a lenient mark back on the level. Wolverhampton-scorer Hooflepuff, Sulafaat and Beaufort are a trio of others very much respected.

18:20 - Heather Main has a good record when sending only one runner to a meeting (£29.73 level-stakes profit), and it could be worth taking a chance on her ISLAND STORM (3) as he lines up in the third race on this evening's card at Newcastle. Admittedly, the form isn't much to get excited about in a two-year-old heat lacking depth, but he very much sets the standard on the back of his third in a race that is working out well at Kempton (runner-up won next-time-out), and with further improvement on the cards after only two starts, he is fancied to make it third-time lucky at the expense of Urban Hero.

18:50 - A really weak novice that is likely to be dominated by MARVEL (1) and Lucky Charm, who stand out on form. The first-named is going the right way so he's the selection as the latter has a bit more to prove. Anyonecanbeastar has shown little to date but she is bred to do better and is in good hands.

19:20 - ROCK BOY GREY (10) is still lightly raced for his age and went close despite not settling fully over C&D last time. With a likely solid pace to aim at, he can go one better at the expense of Absolute Dream, who should benefit from the return to a more galloping track. Chaplin Bay is also worth considering in pursuit of a hat-trick.

19:50 - PHUKET POWER (1) has proved expensive to follow on his last two starts, failing to build on the immense promise of his debut at Sandown, though he was by no means disgraced when third at Windsor last time, keeping on well to be beaten a little under two lengths. There is every chance that he can belatedly resume his progress, too, now switching to handicaps from a potentially lenient mark in first-time cheekpieces, and he is well for another chance for the Tom Dascombe yard that is operating well above its usual level at present, with 60% of its horses running to form.

20:20 - FARD (1) could be the type to go in again now he's finally got his head in front. Extrasolar is on a dangerous mark if recapturing some form and the return to 6f is likely to be in his favour. Kellington Kitty has a recent win to her name and is also respected.

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