Horse Racing Tips

Through The Card: Newmarket, Thursday 18 April

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"...he can win again before having his sights raised even further..."

Timeform on Almashriq

Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Thursday...

13:50 - There are a couple of interesting newcomers on show here, and James Tate's Far Above was well backed when the markets opened, but John Gosden has a good record in this race, and FRANZ KAFKA (6) sets a solid standard. He found only the potentially smart Fox Champion too good on his recent return at Doncaster and, while he will stay further when the time comes, this trip looks fine for him at present and he is fancied to open his account.

14:25 - While he's up against a clutch of likely-looking Godolphin newcomers, STRONG POWER (7) shaped like a sure-fire future winner when going close on debut at Doncaster, running to a high level for a juvenile at this time of year, and is taken to put that experience to good use here. Well of Wisdom is William Buick's pick of the Charlie Appleby-trained duo and he has to be feared, while Electrical Storm also boasts an appealing pedigree.

15:00 - ALMASHRIQ (3) cost a whopping $1,200,000 as a yearling, and duly landed the odds to make a winning debut at Newcastle towards the backend of last year. He stood out on paper in what wasn't the strongest race of its type, but he also looked a good prospect, overcoming obvious signs of greenness to win with a bit to spare. John Gosden has a good record with his runners returning from a break, and the feeling is that there should be plenty more to come from Almashriq, and he can win again before having his sights raised even further. Fox Champion looked potentially smart when beating Franz Kafka on his reappearance and is feared most.

15:35 - BERINGER (2) was well backed for his reappearance in the Lincoln at Doncaster last month, and shaped encouragingly after six months off, running right up to his best to finish third. He made a big move into contention from a long way back, showing enough pace to think he's well worth persevering with at this trip, and also proving himself on a good mark. The handicapper has left him unchanged for that effort, so he is of obvious interest now with that run under his belt. Breden should again give it his all, but bigger threats may be posed by Power of Darkness and Sawwaah, both of whom have low mileage and remain open to improvement.

16:10 - While jockey bookings suggest that VINTAGER (5) is behind stablemates First Contact and First Nation in the pecking order, he is appealing judged on last season's form and should be all the better for his reappearance spin in Dubai. If back to something close to his best, Elarqam will offer stern resistance and Zabeel Prince, who was narrowly outpointed by Mustashry here in September, is also feared.

16:45 - CENOTAPH (1) was 0-9 on turf in Ireland but this race should be run to suit and, if able to reproduce something akin to his improved all-weather form this yard back on grass, he could be the answer. Zap is 2 lb higher compared to when landing a big pot at Leopardstown in September and may be next best ahead of the Godolphin duo Mubtasim and On The Warpath.

17:20 - ABEL HANDY (6) was a near-smart two-year-old who proved disappointing last season, failing to win and only showing his form once when finishing sixth under this rider in the Portland at Doncaster in September. As a result, he starts this campaign from a potentially lenient mark, now 7 lb lower than for that good effort at Doncaster and, in what is a lesser handicap to the ones he was contesting towards the end of last season, he is chanced to make a winning return with James Doyle back in the plate.

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