Through The Card: Newcastle, Friday 19 April

Roger Varian
There is all=weather racing from Newcastle on Friday

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

"...should have even more to offer, and should be suited by this longer trip..."

Timeform on Daarik

13:40 - LADY KERMIT (2) bolted up on debut at Kempton recently and, unless one of the newcomers turn out to be pretty useful, she should have little trouble following up here. The pick of the debutantes on paper is Mighty Spirit, who boasts a speedy pedigree and could be the one for the forecast ahead of Chasanda, who made a winning start to her career at Windsor 11 days ago.

14:10 - LUFRICIA (7) was sent of the joint-favourite for her debut at Kempton in October and shaped with plenty of promise to finish third. However, she could have been considered slightly underwhelming given the position she was in over a furlong out, but her taking a while to settle (widest of the stalkers) needs taking into account. It's likely the whole experience will have benefited her, and she is expected to take a big step forward now for her in-form yard. Richard Fahey's newcomer Show Me A Sunset has attracted support overnight and needs considering too.

14:45 - It was a decent contest in which GLOBAL WARNING (14) finished third on his reappearance at Kempton and, with improvement on the cards now pitched into a handicap, he could be the way to go. Chosen World has a good chance of reversing last month's C&D placings with Tiercel on these revised terms and he is feared most. Our Charlie Brown should also have a part to play if ready to roll.

15:20 - DAARIK (4) came on a bundle for his debut run when opening his account over six furlongs here in November, and progressed again after four months off when following up under a penalty over seven furlongs at Kempton last time. He still showed signs of inexperience that day, too, making an effort over two furlongs out but running green before taking up the lead well inside the final furlong. Daarik should have even more to offer, and should be suited by this longer trip, so is expected to take this rise in class in his stride. Magic J is another promising type who commands maximum respect.

15:55 - BIG KITTEN (11) won on his final start for Mark Johnston in 2018 and also opened his account for this yard at the second attempt last year at this course over a mile and a quarter. That was a much improved display, a strong favourite on the day and impressing with his response to pressure to win by three lengths, leaving the impression he will be well suited by this mile and a half trip. Big Kitten did flash his tail a little bit, but he can be forgiven that for now, and he rates the type who should have even more to offer as a four-year-old. Forbidden Planet has progressed all winter on the all-weather and looks a big danger once more.

16:25 - SMARTER (2) was well backed and proved a different proposition when opening his account in emphatic fashion at Southwell last time, showing much improved form with the blinkers removed. Admittedly, that wasn't the strongest race of its type, but it was hard not to be impressed by the visual impression he made, seeming well suited by the longer trip. A subsequent 14 lb rise in the weights will make life more difficult now, but he could have more to offer over this sort of trip and is worth chancing to follow up. This represents a drop in class for Gantier and he should be on the premises again.

16:55 - A chance is taken on ORIENTAL LILLY (9), who has failed to fire so far this year, but she's eased in class now and won twice off higher marks than this last summer, including over C&D. Burford Brown is 2-2 here, and while those victories were gained at 7f, he's not short of speed and will be a danger to all if coping with this drop in trip. Jan Van Hoof and Tathmeen are others to consider.

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