Through The Card: Newmarket, Friday 3 August

There is Flat racing from Newmarket on Friday evening
There is Flat racing from Newmarket on Friday evening
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Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Friday...

"He has been gelded in that time, and he is expected to leave the bare form of his debut run behind here..."

Timeform on Shellbrook

17:20 - This looks trappy, and a chance in taken on TAFAWOQ (4) who has shaped with some promise in a trio of minor events so far this year. From the family of Muhaarar - the 2015 Champion Sprinter - Tafawoq is bred to be much better than her opening mark of 70, and the drop to six furlongs could also work in her favour. Last-time-out winner Nampara looks a danger returned to turf, winning readily enough at Lingfield last time, and she could prove the danger.

17:50 - BORN TO SPEND (11) and DAME NELLIE (9) both remain with potential and could be the pair to focus on. The latter is clearly going the right way and isn't passed over lightly, but marginal preference is for Ian Williams' charge, who shaped with a good deal of encouragement on her Leicester reappearance and is 1 lb lower now. The yard continue in form and a bold bid is expected.

18:25 - SHELLBROOK (8) failed to meet market expectations on debut at Chelmsford in May, running very green and unable to cope with the ones with previous experience, ultimately beaten seven lengths in third. The winner of that race is a near-smart performer now, though, and there could be plenty more to come from Shellbrook following a three-month break. He has been gelded in that time, and he is expected to leave the bare form of his debut run behind here. Garrus looks the obvious danger following a highly encouraging debut at Windsor last month.

19:00 - Upping PETITIONER (7) to two miles at Kempton last time was ultimately a failed experiment, but he still has low mileage and was third behind a couple of progressive types over 11f there in May. On that evidence Roger Charlton's charge is on a decent mark and he gets the nod ahead of Royal Reserve, who did the job in good style at Leicester recently, while Reverend Jacobs has a solid profile and is also worth a second look.

19:30 - HIMSELF (5) recorded his second win of the year when winning a handicap over this C&D last month and he will remain of interest in and around this level. He had to show improved from to outpoint another four-year-old, the pair pulling clear of the remainder, and a subsequent 4 lb rise looks workable.This is a stronger race, and fellow last-time-out winner Trulee Scrumptious looks a threat under a penalty, but Himself showed a good attitude last time, and has enough in his favour to make him of interest.

20:00 - RAWDAA (7) and Sharamm both appear to have bright futures ahead of them, particularly the former who went into many a notebook when second only to a very good prospect on debut here a couple of weeks ago. In receipt of 12 lb from Sharamm, Sir Michael Stoute's filly looks the one to be on. Havana Magic took a step firmly in the right direction at Windsor last time and is best of the rest.

20:30 - Though ICE LORD (3) has failed to fire so far this season, this represents a drop in class and he would be hard to beat off this mark if reproducing something akin to his peak 2017 form. There's much to like about the tough and consistent Mr Wagyu, who scored over C&D recently and looks sure to give another good account, while Ice Lord's stablemate Zeyzoun is also worthy of consideration.

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