Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Saturday...
"...an 8 lb rise might not be enough to stop this improving four-year-old."
Timeform on Magical Spirit
12:15 - Bred in the purple and backed accordingly on his debut, TILSIT (10) found only a rival with a promising debut to call upon too good over this course and distance 23 days ago, rallying near the line and closing again without coming under anything like full pressure. He looks a banker for a similar race, and with improvement on the cards, he is expected to go one better with minimal fuss.
12:45 - Purchased for 75,000 guineas as a yearling, TOUSSAROK (4) makes plenty of appeal on paper on his debut. He is a half-brother to useful winner Tropeau, and his dam, who is out of the very smart Frizzante, was herself a winner over this trip. He is a likely-looking type, and with Mark Johnston's two-year-olds having been typically precocious this season, he gets the vote to make a winning debut.
13:15 - TABDEED (1) showed further improvement to gain a cosy success at Doncaster in August, quickening to lead over a furlong out before readily asserting under a hands-and-heels ride, taking his tally over sprint trips to four from four. He ran poorly for the first time in his life when sixth in a Group 3 at Ascot in October, but testing conditions provide an obvious reason why. He has been gelded since and remains low-mileage for a five-year-old. His record when fresh is good and he looks a big player back in handicap company.
13:50 - MUBAKKER (8) routed a field of seasoned handicappers to maintain his unbeaten record on the all-weather over this course and distance earlier this month. He is lightly-raced for a four-year-old, and his latest win suggests he's certainly got the talent to contest pattern races, so he gets the vote to take this step up in class in his stride.
14:25 - MAGICAL SPIRIT (9) picked up where he left off last season when producing a career best to land a Beverly handicap on his reappearance 16 days ago, doing especially well given a botched start meant he not only found himself on the back foot, but also forced a change in tactics. After making smooth progress over a furlong out, he still had enough left to sustain his run to the front in the last half-furlong and quicken clear, meaning that an 8 lb rise might not be enough to stop this improving four-year-old.
15:00 - VIRGIN SNOW (6) showed much improved form to get off the mark on her handicap debut at Haydock 18 days ago, making headway entering the final furlong and staying on to lead, winning comfortably. She looks to have gotten her act together now and boasts the pedigree to rate a fair bit higher still. This is a step up in class, but she is in receipt of plenty of weight from her elders, and with further improvement anticipated, she could be the one to side with.
15:35 - AUSTRALIS (16) improved with every run towards the back end of last year and duly returned with a career best effort to comfortably land a 14f handicap at Wolverhampton 18 days ago. As ever, this is a competitive renewal of the Northumberland Plate, but Roger Varian's charge remains unexposed at this trip, and with more expected from him this season, he must rate a big player.
16:10 - AL KOUT (5) proved no match for a couple of promising young stayers at Wolverhampton earlier this month, but he ran creditably after five months off despite not being seen to best effect in a steadily-run race. He is becoming well handicapped - now 4 lb below his last winning mark - and a bold show could be on the cards.
16:40 - JUNIORS DREAM (4) could hardly have shown less in his four starts last year, but he proved a different proposition on his debut for David Loughnane at Haydock on Wednesday, taking advantage of a basement mark to land a gamble for his new connections on his handicap debut, finding plenty to lead in the dying strides. There is more to come from him on that evidence, and a repeat of that performance should see him tough to beat under a penalty.
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