Through The Card: Redcar, Monday May 28

Joe Fanning rides Albareeq in the Zetland Gold Cup
Joe Fanning rides Albareeq in the Zetland Gold Cup

Timeform take you through Redcar's Zetland Gold Cup card on Monday.

"He shaped as if better for the run when eighth to Restorer at Chester last time."

Timeform on Speed Company

13:50 - THE GREAT HEIR (2) was clear with a potentially useful sort at Beverley last time and is taken to go one better now. Richard Fahey's Essenza made a sound start to her career when second at Ripon and can give the selection most to do ahead of sole previous winner in the line-up Arthur's Spirit. However, it might be worth taking a chance on TICK TOCK CROC (4) in any placepot perms; he shaped with some promise at Beverley on debut and is out of a 5f winner at two.

14:25 - The four-year-old filly EPONINA (7) has a much more consistent profile than a lot of these and might be able to shed her maiden status dropped to a seller for the first time. Warrior's Spirit has yet to fire for David O'Meara but should find life easier at plating level and may prove next best ahead of the experienced Beauden Barrett.

15:00 - This looks a competitive maiden but Bryan Smart has won the race twice in the past eight years and his WRENTHORPE (5) made a solid enough return to action when fourth in a Beverley handicap three weeks ago; a repeat of that form could be enough to see him get off the mark. Saisons d'Or rates an obvious danger on the back of his improved reappearance second, while Makanah is also respected for the Julie Camacho/Paul Mulrennan combination.

15:35 - MACHREE (6) very much left the impression she needed the run on her Nottingham reappearance last month and is well worth another chance to show she's a sprinter on the up; she hasn't yet shown all she can. Angel Force ran well in a competitive heat at York last time and rates an obvious threat under the champion jockey, despite her trainer not being in great form, while Miss Dd and Tiger Lyon are others who arrive on the back of good runs last time.

16:10 - A really strong renewal of the Zetland Gold Cup. WHAT'S THE STORY (8) looked ready for a step up to 1¼m when doing some good work at the finish over 1m at Wetherby last time and might be worth siding with, but there are plenty of possible dangers, headed by Leader's Legacy, who was impressive on his return to action. Restorer and Titus are others with sound claims, however a second placepot berth goes to SPEED COMPANY (7). He shaped as if better for the run when eighth to Restorer at Chester last time, looking rusty/not ideally placed, and is capable of better here.

16:45 - This looks open, with just 4 lb separating the eight-strong field on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings. FLEETFOOT JACK (6) has started the season with two good efforts and gets a tentative vote for the David O'Meara team. ARMANDIHAN (1) should be sharper with his York reappearance under his belt and is expected to figure prominently with a return to this track in his favour, while Scottish Summit is also respected on the back of his comfortable Nottingham success.

17:20 - SUNRIZE stands out as a lightly raced and progressive sort in this line-up and can build on an encouraging handicap debut/reappearance at Doncaster. Peak fitness does have to be taken on trust with the returning Midnight Warrior and Jan de Heem but they both have good records here and head the dangers.

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