Through The Card: Newmarket, Thursday April 19

Roaring Lion makes his reappearance in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday
Roaring Lion makes his reappearance in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Thursday.

"...form which is proving strong – runner-up to subsequent Nell Gywn winner Soliloquy on debut – and she should have even more to offer this year..."

Timeform on Sheikha Reika

13:50 - MUSIC SOCIETY (4) had four-time subsequent winner Corinthia Knight and proven pattern-class performer Sound And Silence behind when finishing runner-up at Wolverhampton on his latest start in December. This stiffer track will be very much in his favour and the booking of Ryan Moore for this handicap debut suggests that connections mean business. Desert Doctor, Captain Jameson and Maybride are all live dangers.

14:25 - The favourite has won two of the last four renewals so the market should prove informative again, but the one who catches the eye is SURYA (17). John Gosden's colt is by Frankel out of Oaks-winner Sariska, and his entries in the Dante/Derby suggest he's been showing up well at home. Godolphin have an excellent record in this race, so Karaginsky and Military Band are likely players, too.

15:00 - Kevin Ryan has won three of the last four renewals of this race and BRANDO (1) holds sound claims of taking this prize for the second year running. He clearly goes well fresh, having won on his reappearance the last three seasons, and he is a high-class sprinter at best. Brando was last seen finishing third in the Champions Sprint at Ascot in October and, a reproduction of that effort should see him go close at a track he clearly goes well at (two from two on the Rowley Course). French raider Le Brivido is an obvious danger.

15:35 - ROARING LION (4) clearly has bigger fish to fry, with this assignment serving as an aperitif ahead of a tilt at the 2000 Guineas back here in just over two weeks' time. Still, even if not fully wound-up he will prove hard to beat. Given his pedigree and price tag, expectations surrounding the unbeaten Glorious Journey will be high but stablemate Masar is a more appealing option for forecast purposes.

16:10 - Roger Varian has won this race with some nice types in the past and SHEIKHA REIKA (13) sets a useful standard here. She finished second in all three of her starts last season, form which is proving strong - runner-up to subsequent Nell Gywn winner Soliloquy on debut - and she should have even more to offer this year. Varian saddled an impressive maiden winner at this course on Wednesday and it will take a good filly to beat Sheikha Reika here. Playful Spirit could be the one to give her the most trouble.

16:45 - Plenty of interesting types on show here, but Saeed bin Suroor does well with his runners returning from a break, and BEDOUIN'S STORY (5) showed plenty to work on in a minor event over seven furlongs here on his debut in October. That trip would have been plenty short enough for him even at that stage - bred to excel over middle distances - and he should have learnt plenty from that experience. That form is working out well with the second and third both winning next time, and Bedouin's Story is fancied to show up well over this longer trip.

17:20 - There was much to like about the way AFRICAN JAZZ (1) did the job on debut at Lingfield and, armed with a great deal of potential, he is marginally preferred to a similarly promising type in the shape of Occupy. Howman and Stream of Stars are particularly appealing as far as the newcomers go, while Star of Southwold and Sleeping Lion, both of whom shaped well first time out, are others to keep an eye on.

17:55 - Given his pedigree, progressive profile and the booking of Ryan Moore, the allure of BREATH CAUGHT (4) is too strong to resist. Ralph Beckett's charge may well have got in lightly for this handicap debut and looks a solid favourite. Bertog, who performed with credit in a big-field nursery here in the autumn, may emerge as the main danger.

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