Through The Card: Newmarket, Friday 27 September

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There is a high-class card at Newmarket on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Friday...

"The return to this venue, drop back to a mile and drop in class are all expected to suit..."

Timeform on Maqsad

13:50 - Both of MAQSAD's (7)best pieces of form have come at this track, when winning a minor event over C&D on her reappearance in April, and following up in a listed contest over a mile and a quarter on her next start. She failed to stay the longer trip in the Oaks at Epsom after, and was seemingly amiss when unable to land a blow in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time. The return to this venue, drop back to a mile and drop in class are all expected to suit, so she is a strong fancy to get her career back on track here for a yard with a good record in this race. John Gosden is another who has enjoyed recent success in this contest and She's Got You and Lady Lawyer are progressive fillies who are likely to make their presence felt.

14:25 - John Gosden has an excellent record in this race, winning it four times in recent years, and in the shape of PROMISSORY (7) he has a brilliant chance of recording another success. A well-bred filly, she has proved most progressive, building on her impressive Doncaster win when finishing second to the subsequent St Leger runner-up in a Group 3 over a mile and three quarters at Goodwood last time. The return to this trip will hold no fears, and she very much sets the standard on that running, so with further improvement in the pipeline, she is a confident selection. Shailene is the solid alternative and another creditable effort can be expected from Spirit of Appin.

15:00 - Admittedly, on form, FESTIVAL DAY (6) will have to improve plenty to topple the standard-setter Daahyeh, who is a Royal Ascot winner and has done little wrong to be beaten on her last two starts, but Festival Day does bring more potential to the table. She was only narrowly denied on debut at Goodwood earlier this month, and made no mistake when landing the odds in impressive fashion at Chepstow last time, powering away from her rivals and recording a fast closing sectional. There should be plenty more to come from this well-bred filly and she is worth chancing with that in mind.

15:35 - This looks a good renewal of the Joel Stakes despite there being only seven runners, and it is no surprise to see King of Comedy a short-priced favourite. However, he faces a different sort of test now facing the well-travelled BENBATL (1), who enjoyed an outstanding year in 2018, winning three Group 1s. He hasn't been seen since finishing second to Winx in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October, but Saeed bin Suroor has a good record with his horses returning from a break, and Benbatl himself has gone well fresh in the past, so there is enough in his favour to make him of interest at the odds.

16:10 - BUWARDY (1), a well-bred son of Invincible Spirit, represents a yard that has sent out some smart types in this sphere in recent weeks, and he gets the nod in what could prove to be an informative maiden. New World Tapestry has shown clear promise on both his starts to date and should have more to offer, with Colour Image, Society Lion and Hibernian Warrior all debutants to keep an eye on.

16:45 - MOUNT EVEREST (4) has some strong two-year-old form to call upon, breaking his maiden at the third attempt and then finding only stablemate Japan too strong in the Beresford Stakes on his final start that season. He made his belated return in a Group 3 at Leopardstown two weeks ago, very easy to back but very much catching the eye, keeping on well in the finish and only tapped once with the whip. There should be plenty more to come from him this year, and it will be a surprise if he doesn't go close here, especially given his strength in the market this morning.

17:20 - DATA PROTECTION (1) pushed a well-treated sort close at Pontefract last week and is selected to go one better off the same mark (revised mark due to be 2 lb higher). Escape The City got back to winning ways at Brighton this month and should make her presence felt under a penalty, while Destroyer wasn't too far behind the selection at Pontefract.

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