Through The Card: Newcastle, Friday February 9

There is all-weather racing from Newcastle on Friday evening
There is all-weather racing from Newcastle on Friday evening
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Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Friday evening...

"He remains potentially well treated on that evidence..."

17:45 - LORD CAPRIO (2) progressed well for the switch to handicaps late last year, quickly landing back-to-back events at this venue (latterly over C&D). He remains open to improvement following a short break and can complete the hat-trick in this opening leg of the Placepot. Mr Carbonator and Bad Dog are others to consider.

18:15 - GRONKOWSKI (1) showed improved form to get off the mark at the third attempt at Chelmsford last time, edging to the front over two furlongs out and keeping on well thereafter to win by four and a half lengths. That rates by far the best form on offer here and, though a 7 lb penalty makes life tougher, Jeremy Noseda's charge is fancied to see off the attentions of the promising Kings Full to follow up.

18:45 - KARIJINI (1) proved better than ever to follow up her Chelmsford win at Lingfield last time, hitting the front entering the straight before quickly forging clear. That form leaves her 2 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings here and, with the prospect of more to come given her current rate of progression, Karijini rates the clear one to beat on handicap debut, and can make it three out of three since joining the Archie Watson yard. Rich Again and Tommy G can give the selection most to do.

19:15 - WIFF WAFF (2) came up short in his hat-trick bid at Kempton last month, but he had valid excuses on the day, always doing too much in a steadily-run affair and inevitably having nothing left to give when picked off close home. He is better judged on the form of his two earlier wins over C&D, pulling clear in ready fashion on the latter occasion, and should prove a tough nut to crack if bouncing back under Joe Fanning this evening. Kodi Beach can fill the forecast spot ahead of Lord of The Glen.

19:45 - JOYFUL STAR (6) justified strong market support when ending a losing run over seven furlongs here three weeks ago, putting the race to bed in decisive fashion by a length and three quarters from a fair yardstick. He remains potentially well treated on that evidence, despite a 7 lb hike in the weights, and makes most appeal for Placepot purposes. Honey Badger might have needed the run at Wolverhampton after seven weeks off and is capable of being competitive off this mark, while Mimic's Memoryy isn't taken lightly, either, after her third at Southwell.

20:15 - CASEY JONES (1) represents powerful connections and could be good enough to make a winning debut in what looks an ordinary maiden to conclude proceedings at Gosforth Park this evening. Lait Au Chocolat is another likely newcomer, while Poet's Pride is worth another chance to confirm debut promise.

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