Through The Card: Newcastle, Friday May 19

There is Flat racing from Newcastle on Friday evening
There is Flat racing from Newcastle on Friday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Friday evening.

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17:45 - A good race on paper with several interesting newcomers, but GOLD TOWN (1) sets a fairly useful standard having won with a bit in hand on debut over five furlongs at Newbury four weeks ago. He's bred to be smart, and he looked better the further he went that day, so this extra furlong will suit and, being by Street Cry, this surface should pose no problems, so he is expected to defy a penalty and record another win. Indomeneo, Far Dawn and Rufus King are newcomers who make appeal on paper in what looks an interesting opener.

18:15 - BELLE DE LAWERS (2) showed useful form for this yard at three, and shaped much better than her finishing position suggests on her recent return from a huge lay-off over C&D having rejoined James Bethell. She travelled comfortably for a long way until the absence told and, given a good amount of time to get over that, she is expected to last much longer this time. Taper Tantrum isn't straightforward but he has the ability to win from his current mark, while Theos Lolly is also well weighted nowadays, so needs considering, too.

18:50 - ENDLESS ACRES (6) showed much improved form to open his account at Kempton last month, seeming to relish the step up to 2m. He wasn't disgraced over the same C&D last time, a return to more patient tactics seeming to count against him, but he looked comfortably ahead of his mark rattling home in the closing stages, so he remains one to be interested in for a bang in-form stable. The lightly-raced FLYMETOTHESTARS (7) won readily here last time, and promises to be suited by this longer trip, so he's also worth keeping on side.

19:20 - PRYING PANDORA (4) ran creditably on return from six months off at Leicester last month, shaping better than the distance beaten suggests too, not ideally placed in the near-side group (second home in her group). She's entitled to have come on for that run, and having been dropped 2 lb since, she looks the one to side with in a tricky contest. Toboggan's Fire and Lincoln Rocks cannot be dismissed, though.

19:55 - FAIRY LOCH (13) remains a maiden, but she ran her best race to date when only narrowly denied at Redcar this month, leading inside the final furlong and only just headed on the line. She is capable of winning races off this mark on that evidence, and is worth chancing to break her duck switched back to the all-weather. MIMIC'S MEMORY (1) showed improved form to get off the mark at Southwell last week and will be an obvious threat if translating that form back to turf.

20:30 - HUGIN (5) shaped with plenty of promise in a Dundalk maiden that has thrown up plenty of useful sorts on his sole start for David Wachman last year. He has been gelded since, but is open to improvement starting out for David Simcock, who is in reasonable form at present, and this looks a good opening for him. Richard Fahey's Navarone sets the standard in what looks an ordinary maiden on paper, but he will be vulnerable to any improvers.

21:00 - A most competitive finale, though HIGHLY FOCUSSED (6) has long since left the impression that five furlongs is an inadequate test for him, so following a break and a gelding operation, he is taken to make a bigger impact upped to seven furlongs. Pipe Dreamer's connections have had plenty of success with his family, so he's considered along with Sir Harry Collins, who remains with potential after just five starts.

Recommendation:

Win back Hugin in the 20:30 at Newcastle

Placepot permutation:

17:45 - 1
18:15 - 2
18:50 - 6, 7
19:20 - 4
19:55 - 1, 13
20:30 - 5


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