Through The Card: Newbury, Thursday June 30
Timeform take you through the card at Newbury's evening meeting on Thursday.
"Sky Ballerina represents a yard who are four from five with their two-year-old debutants so far this season, and is also one to include."
17:55 - Pharoh Jake beat Quickaswecan over C&D seven days ago and now must shoulder a 6 lb penalty for a victory of just half a length. Quickaswecan defied this BHA mark when trained by Ivan Furtado, and looks capable of going close here with that useful pull in the weights, with the softer conditions on offer here no problem (winner on heavy ground).
18:25 - In The Spotlight is well bred and is sure to be popular for Coolmore/Ryan Moore, but Richard Hughes has yet to train a two-year-old debutant winner, and she is worth taking on first time out. Richard Hannon has a more proven record with juveniles first time out (saddled a debutant to win at Wolverhampton earlier this week) and his Company could be worth including with that in mind (also closely related to a couple of useful two-year-old winners). Sky Ballerina represents a yard who are four from five with their two-year-old debutants so far this season, and is also one to include.
19:00 - Mutawatheb bumped into a useful prospect who is bred in the purple when second on debut at Goodwood at the beginning of this month, and sets the standard here based on that. That race looks good form on paper, with plenty of well-bred sorts from top yards represented, and Mutawatheb looks a banker to land a similar racer at some stage, and should go close at least here today.
19:30 - The defection of Nodachi makes this easier for Yangtze, who caught the eye in a warm race at Musselburgh last time when unsuited by the way the race developed and possibly by the sharp track. He looks set to relish this galloping course and assuming they go quick enough up front for him, he should be very hard to beat under the excellent Ryan Moore, who takes the ride for the first time.
20:05 - Spring Fling shaped like this mark wouldn't be beyond her last time when sixth at Doncaster, but she does tend to hang left under pressure, which is always a slight concern given her short price, and she could be worth taking on here with Elusive Ellen, who has been rejuvenated by the switch to sprinting and is one from one with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Very Honest arrives in top form and is also respected as a three-year-old making her open handicap debut.
20:35 - Very hard to look past the penalised Fort Jefferson, who won at Leicester last week by 11 lengths with any amount in hand. The less testing conditions here today will be fine for him, and he holds obvious claims of following up just nine days later, well clear of this field on Timeform ratings based on what he achieved last time.
21:10 - This isn't a deep race and Pike Corner Cross, who made the perfect start for Ed de Giles when winning at Kempton last month, looks a good bet providing they go quick enough up front. He usually takes a while to get going and this trip/track should suit him in theory. A 4 lb rise for his win looks fair and he should put in a bold bid to double up.
Back Pike Corner Cross in the 21:10
17:55 - 3
18:25 - 4, 12
19:00 - 10
19:30 - 7
20:05 - 5, 6
20:35 - 4
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