Through The Card: Newmarket, Tuesday 16 April
Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Tuesday...
"A good third in the Futurity Trophy on his final two-year-old start, that form leaves him 6 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings here..."
Timeform on Western Australia
13:15 - TWIST 'N' SHAKE (9) didn't run to a big figure when third on her debut at the July Course in August, but she still shaped encouragingly, keeping on well to be beaten a little under 10 lengths. Her previous trainer, the now-retired Luca Cumani, was never one you would associate with first-time-out winners, and it would be no surprise if she proved capable of taking a big step forward to get in the mix here, reappearing for the John Gosden yard that knows exactly what it takes to win this race (won back-to-back renewals in 2016 and 2017).
13:50 - BLACKHEATH (15) was unable to justify favouritism when second on his final 2018 outing at Salisbury, but he was arguably unlucky not to give the winner more to think about than he did, forced to wait for a gap two out and never nearer than the three quarters of a length he was beaten at the finish. The form of that race is worth being positive about - the winner was notching his fourth handicap success of 2018 and the third won next-time-out - and this looks a good opportunity for Blackheath to resume winning ways before going on to contest some of the better sprint handicaps, 2 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings with the prospect of more to come in his four-year-old season.
14:25 - AZANO (4) was unfortunate to bump into Saturday's Greenham Stakes winner Mohaather when finishing second on his most recent start in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury last October, pulling clear of the remainder of the field. He looked a good prospect in three starts as a two-year-old last season, winning a novice race in good fashion at Yarmouth prior to that, and sits 5 lb clear of today's field on Timeform ratings. There ought to be more to come from Azano in his three-year-old season, and he appears on an attractive-looking mark now that Horris Hill form has been boosted.
15:00 - WESTERN AUSTRALIA (6) was possibly an unlucky loser when second on his return at Dundalk last month, suffering significant interference just as he was getting up a head of steam over a furlong out, and doing well under the circumstances to be beaten just half a length. A good third in the Futurity Trophy on his final two-year-old start, that form leaves him 6 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings here, and he looks sure to take plenty of beating if stripping fitter for his reappearance, with the extra furlong likely to be in this son of Australia's favour, too.
15:35 - MAIN EDITION (4) scored twice at this level as a juvenile, and with the physical scope to suggest she can prove at least as good at three, she appeals as comfortably the most solid proposition in this penultimate leg of the Placepot. The Oh So Sharp 1-2 Mot Juste and Angel's Hideaway rate a couple of obvious threats, while the former's stablemate Qabala is a fascinating contender on the back of a C&D debut win which has worked out well.
16:10 - CHASING DREAMS (4) could be the way to go here on debut, with those who have previous experience to their name not setting the bar all that high. She makes plenty of appeal on paper (by Starspangledbanner and a half-sister to a two-year-old winner over this trip) and the Charlie Appleby yard knows what it takes to win this race with a newcomer, having done so 12 months ago with Strings of Life. Kemble, who also hails from a yard that has a good record in this, is feared most ahead of the similarly speedily-bred Good Vibes.
16:45 - ALANDALOS (1) made a promising start to her career when fourth at Lingfield in December and gets a tentative vote, although strong market support for newcomers such as Rimmal, Tatweej or Lavender's Blue would put a slightly different slant on things. Maamora is better than she showed in two starts last year and is also respected.
17:20 - SOLID STONE (4) is strongly fancied to continue his improvement and come out on top on his handicap debut in a race that is, admittedly, chock-full of promising three-year-olds. He won in good style when last seen, in a race where his stamina wasn't tested at all, and looks a smart handicapper in the making at the very least. War Tiger could be the danger ahead of Marhaban.
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13:15 – 9
13:50 - 15
14:25 – 4
15:00 - 6
15:35 - 4
16:10 - 4