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Timeform on Alignak
Alignak - 15:00 Newbury
Alignak has been brought along steadily by Sir Michael Stoute and connections of the four-year-old are starting to reap the rewards of the patient approach. Alignak was an impressive winner on his final start last season and then showed improved form to make a winning handicap debut on his return at Newcastle in June. He showed he belongs at a higher grade when only just losing out on the nod at listed level last time and that form is among the best on offer. He should continue to improve.
Deise Blue - 16:10 Newbury
Deise Blue is bred to be speedy and made an encouraging start when finishing fourth over course and distance, shaping as if she would be sharper with that run under her belt. She is clearly entitled to respect, but there wasn't a great deal of depth to that fillies' maiden, so she could be worth opposing at a short price in a field containing a few interesting newcomers. Tick Toch, in particular, catches the eye on pedigree and represents the powerful William Haggas yard.
City Code - 16:20 Chepstow
£119.87 - Ralph Beckett's profit to a £1 level stake with horses running in first-time headgear
City Code had shaped with some promise when finishing fourth on debut behind Qaader, who subsequently finished placed in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He failed to build on that effort in two subsequent starts but he has been gelded since last seen and is fitted with blinkers for the first time on his handicap debut. The application of headgear could have a positive effect as trainer Ralph Beckett has a phenomenal record when making such a move.
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Back - Alignak - 15:00 Newbury
Lay - Deise Blue - 16:10 Newbury
Smart Stat - City Code - 16:20 Chepstow