Through The Card: Newcastle, Monday 18 February
Timeform take you through the card at Newcaslte on Monday...
"On the pick of his form, he doesn’t look badly treated from an official mark of 96..."
Timeform on Visionary
17:00 - CAMILE (4) made the perfect start for Iain Jardine when winning a handicap hurdle at Ayr earlier this month and, though she was rather fortunate on the day, in second place when left in front at the last, the fact she was going close despite the run of the race being against her was encouraging. She was headed on the run-in but showed a good attitude to get back on top in the final 50 yards, and she looks attractively handicapped returned to the Flat now. Hussar Ballad is on a lengthy losing run but ought to be a factor, while Irish-raider Ouite Subunctious also needs considering.
17:30 - SISTER OF THE SIGN (2) proved better than ever to open her account in a C&D handicap last month, showing good speed dropped back to the minimum trip, making all and always holding on when pressed inside the final furlong. A subsequent 3 lb rise looks fair for that success and, with little pace in this race on paper, she could once again dominate from the front in this small field. Giacomo Casanova shed his maiden status in emphatic fashion over this C&D last month and is feared most.
18:00 - It is very hard to get away from the claims of LION HEARTED (12), who shrugged off his revised mark in effortless fashion over seven furlongs here on Friday, and unpenalised for that, the four-timer is there for the taking with the step up to a mile not expected to pose any problems. King Oswald and Lucy's Law can fight it out for minor honours.
18:30 - This doesn't look the strongest race of its type, the ones with experience not setting an exacting standard, so it could pay to side with one of the newcomers, with CONAGLEN (6) making the most appeal. He cost 30,000 guineas as a yearling, and is a half-brother to Alpine Dream (2-y-o 6f winner, by Dream Ahead) and 7f-1¼m winner Infamous Lawman (by Lawman), so makes appeal on pedigree. Trainer James Bethell has a good record with newcomers, too, so a big run is expected under Paul Hanagan. Kingdom of Dubai sets the standard on form and looks the obvious danger.
19:00 - VISIONARY (1) has a good record on the all-weather, and wasn't seen to best effect when last seen over this C&D in June. He raced freely in the rear under an inexperienced claimer, making just a brief effort over a furlong out but making little impact after. On the pick of his form, he doesn't look badly treated from an official mark of 96, and that was just his second start in a handicap too, so he is worth another chance. Trainer Robert Cowell is in good form, and has a good record with his runners returning from a break, so Visionary has enough in his favour with Luke Morris also back in the saddle.
19:30 - CAPTAIN LARS (1) was a winning machine for this yard in 2018, and down markedly in class now, is fully expected to concede weight all round. Harperelle and Discreet Hero are the obvious dangers, for all it's hard to know where we stand with either at present.
20:00 - GOWANBUSTER (1) never really looked comfortable back over five furlongs here on Friday, and turned out quickly back up in trip, is expected to get into a much better rhythm this time. He will likely have most to fear from last-time-out C&D winners Avenue of Stars and Dandy Highwayman.
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