Through The Card: Newbury, Saturday 13 April
Timeform take you through the card at Newbury on Saturday...
"...a BHA mark of 93 is unlikely to prove beyond him if back on the upward curve that served him so well in the first half of 2018..."
Timeform on Ibraz
13:40 - YOUNG RASCAL (3) progressed rapidly in his five starts as a three-year-old, ending the season with a pair of hard-fought wins in Group 3 contests at this venue (dead-heated over C&D on the latter occasion). Notably raw in the first half of last year, those battles are likely to have aided his development, and with only six lifetime starts to his name, it's hard to think that we've seen the best of William Haggas' charge yet - he wouldn't need to improve much to prove himself a bona fide Group 1 performer this season, with his proven ability to handle testing ground also in his favour here.
14:10 - DANCING VEGA (2) created an excellent impression when making a winning debut at Doncaster in October, looming up on the bridle over two furlongs out and quickly forging clear thereafter to beat a subsequent listed winner by four lengths. A member of our Horses To Follow 2019, she has the potential to develop into one of the best of her generation, with the large 'P' attached to her rating denotes that she is open to significant improvement, and this looks a good opportunity for her to take the first step towards doing that, a race that trainer Ralph Beckett has won on three occasions since 2010.
14:40 - HELLO YOUMZAIN (5) makes most appeal for Placepot purposes here, having ended last season with a first pattern-race success in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. That form leaves him only 1 lb behind Boitron on weight-adjusted ratings, and with this longer trip expected to see him in an even better light, he is fancied to make it three wins from his four career starts, with his only defeat to date having come at the hands of the similarly promising San Donato at Haydock.
15:15 - IBRAZ (18) recorded back-to-back victories at Nottingham and Sandown (strong form) last season, before failing to meet market expectations when only seventh in his hat-trick bid at Newmarket, his absence thereafter suggesting that all may not have been well. Ordinarily, that would be a concern heading into his four-year-old campaign, but the fact that he is out early has to be taken as a positive sign, and a BHA mark of 93 is unlikely to prove beyond him if back on the upward curve that served him so well in the first half of 2018, with the fine form of the Roger Varian stable (five winners from last 15 runners) offering hope that he will be ready for this return.
15:50 - CRYSTAL TRIBE (3) makes a good deal of appeal on paper for a powerful stable and may well be worth chancing to make a winning debut without the benefit of market clues. Just The Man sets the standard of those with previous form and is entitled to improve further this season, so is feared, along with the newcomers Fox Chairman and Fifth Position.
16:25 - RAISE YOU (9) shaped with considerable promise when second on debut here last season and - the standard-setter on weight-adjusted ratings - he should prove a tough nut to crack for the Andrew Balding yard that could hardly have started the new turf season in better form. The betting will again be informative where the newcomers are concerned, with Gold Stick and Roseman the most appealing of them.
17:00 - PIANISSIMO (5) found only an equally promising stable companion too good on his debut at Chelmsford and appeals as the type to take a sizeable step forward. Space Walk is also owned by the Queen, and closely related to some really smart types, he is another who commands plenty of respect.
17:35 - HARBOUR BREEZE (19) failed to land the odds when returning to action on the all-weather last month, but circumstances conspired against him on that occasion. Back up in trip in what should be a truly-run race, and off what appeals as a potentially lenient opening mark, he gets the nod. Military Law is another unexposed four-year-old and he is feared most ahead of last year's winner Lunar Jet.
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13:40 – 3
14:10 - 2
14:40 – 5
15:15 - 18
15:50 - 3
16:25 - 9