Through The Card: Newcastle, Wednesday 2 October

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"...he will prove a tough nut to crack if in anywhere near the same form..."

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17:55 - Grandee deserves extra credit for his consistency of late, but he seemingly had no excuses when third over this C&D last time, and will likely again prove vulnerable despite this race not looking as deep. The one who makes the most appeal is TROUBLE AND STRIFE (6) who is yet to face a proper test at this trip. He took a strong hold over this trip at Wolverhampton in first-time blinkers (retained) two starts back, but was suited by the return to more positive tactics at Catterick last time, and could yet do better over this trip.

18:25 - TADAAWOL (1) has been contesting stronger handicaps that this all season and returned to form at Redcar last month, leading briefly soon after the final furlong but just unable to sustain that effort in the closing stages. He has now fallen below his last winning mark, and he generally goes well at this track, so could be ready to strike under a jockey who has won on him before. Harvest Day arrives on the back of a career-best effort, and as a previous C&D winner, she is feared, along with Blindingly back over a more suitable trip.

18:55 - There are some likely-looking newcomers on show here, notably Finely Tuned and Emaraty Hero, both representing trainers that can get first-time-out winners. However, they will have to be bordering on smart to get the better of TSAR (10), who caught the eye in no uncertain terms on debut at Newmarket in July. He looked badly in need of the experience, very slowly away and running green in the early stages, before the penny started to drop in the second half of the race, coming home in good style under a hands-and-heels ride. Tsar is open to any amount of improvement now and it is hard to envisage him being beaten here.

19:25 - NEW ANGEL (4) shaped well on debut at Kempton behind a potentially smart type and, though she didn't improve straight away when finishing one and a quarter lengths second to the reopposing Perfect Number at Chelmsford last time, she remains with the potential for better still. John Gosden does well with his runners at Newcastle, especially over this sort of distance, and for all New Angel will be suited by further than a mile in time, this stiff finish will help her chances, so she is taken to reverse the form with Perfect Number now on 7 lb better terms.

19:55 - BE PROUD (13) was well backed and showed improved form to belatedly open his account over five furlongs here last week and he looks well treated on that evidence from a 3 lb higher mark. He is clearly most versatile regards trip (stays a mile), seeming well suited by the drop back to the minimum trip, powering away from his rivals to win by four and a half lengths. The extra furlong here won't be a bother to him and he will prove a tough nut to crack if in anywhere near the same form. Sophia Maria is proving consistent and is feared, ahead of Tease Maid.

20:25 - BITHIAH (10) hasn't shown much in three starts so far, but she has at least progressed with each run, and rates the type to improve even further now entering handicaps. It is encouraging that she has been strong in the market this morning, especially considering she hails from a yard that have landed some nice touches in the past, and she could be worth chancing in what looks a tight contest. Arnoul of Metz arrives in good order and has a quality record on tapeta, so he could prove the biggest danger.

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