Through The Card: Newmarket, Thursday May 17

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

"...he shaped as if still in good form and could be worth backing to resume winning ways..."

Timeform on Native Fighter

17:10 - FINAL TREAT (4) ran poorly when down the field on her all-weather debut at Chelmsford in November, but she showed plenty of ability in turf maidens on her first two starts last season and deserves another chance to build on that here. Indeed, it would be no surprise if there were more to come at three given her pedigree (half-sister to dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo) and she starts out in handicaps from a fair mark, with Georgia Cox taking an extra 3 lb off her back, too.

17:45 - USAIN BOAT (9) looked in need of the experience when second on his racecourse debut at Yarmouth two weeks ago, slowly into his stride but staying on late to be beaten just two and a quarter lengths. He looks sure to do better with that initial outing under his belt and rates by far the most solid proposition with the Placepot in mind here, with the step up to six furlongs expected to suit on that initial evidence. Arctic Spirit and Oliver Hardy look best of the newcomers.

18:20 - ALLANTE (1) proved all the better for her debut when just edged out by a fair sort at Wolverhampton in December, and should prove a tough nut to crack as she attempts to go one better in what doesn't look the strongest of maidens. Ziarah showed fairly useful form as a juvenile and could be the one to give the selection most to do ahead of Teenage Gal, who was only just denied by a subsequent winner at Salisbury in October.

18:55 - NATIVE FIGHTER (8) seemed unsuited by the track when only sixth at Epsom last time (hung left in the closing stages), but he shaped as if still in good form and could be worth backing to resume winning ways here, just 4 lb higher than when scoring at Kempton in March. That form could hardly have worked out better (runner-up won his next start) and this represents a weaker race than the one Native Fighter contested last time for Simon Dow, who has won with three of his last 16 runners.

19:30 - GUILD (5) is a tentative selection here for Roger Charlton, a trainer who gets plenty of winning newcomers. He's from an excellent family, with the classiest of his relatives Promising Lead having won on debut, and his Royal Ascot entry suggests he's been showing all the right signs at home. Stylehunter, Burgonet and Prabeni have all shown enough to suggest they can win a race, while Crystal King could improve markedly.

20:05 - MIDNIGHT WILDE (4) may lack the long-term potential of some of these, but he's nevertheless very appealing in this concluding leg of the Placepot, having failed by a whisker off this mark in what was arguably a stronger race on his C&D reappearance. There should be better to come from Whitehall, who stayed on well from a poor position at Wolverhampton, and he is feared most ahead of handicap debutants Sportswriter and Grandscape.

20:35 - CHRISTOPHER WOOD (5) is another who didn't look entirely at home at Epsom last time and, back at the scene of his fine reappearance effort, he could be the answer to this competitive-looking heat, with Outside Inside and Mushtaq others to note.

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