Through The Card: Newcastle, Friday September 23

There is racing on the tapeta at Newcastle on Friday evening
There is racing on the tapeta at Newcastle on Friday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Friday.

"She will at least have a strong pace to aim at this evening and could outrun her odds."

17:45 - Plenty to like about HOPE IS HIGH (10) who has seemingly improved for the switch to John Berry this season, winning at Bath over 10 furlongs in August. The step up in trip looks set to suit (by Sir Percy and out of a mile and a half winner) and this unexposed three-year-old should be able to register a second handicap success this evening.

18:15 - This division is probably a shade more open than the first, but should still be fairly straightforward in terms of market positions, with THE RESDEV WAY (7) expected to fairly hard to beat. He has been tried over all sorts of different trips/surfaces, but this track and trip brought about his best effort to date last time, and he is sure to go well here again. Melgate Melody shaped as if amiss at Chelmsford when last seen and has been off for four months since, but has claims on the form of his Redcar second if still sound.

18:45 - This is tricky stuff. MEGARA (4) is the least exposed in the field but must bounce back from a poor reappearance effort last time. Wor Lass won here last month and is respected, though she didn't seem in the same sort of form last time at Ayr and could have crept too high in the weights, and the other one worth including is MISTER BOB (5), who was unsuited by the way the race developed at Kempton last time (tactical affair) where he was seeking a hat-trick of wins.

19:15 - A maiden with a good number of chances. Tamayef is bred to be useful enough, but his weakness in the early market is off putting. KURAKA (2) is bred for longer trips so it was encouraging to see him show much to work on at Carlisle over an extended seven last time. The extra distance here should suit and he should have more to offer with that under his belt. GLORVINA (9) was given a considerate introduction at Beverley last time (hands-and-heels ride and finished with running left) and should also have more to offer here.

19:45 - Russian Finale made hard work of beating a long-standing maiden at Chepstow last time and could be one to take on for Placepot purposes at the top of the market, especially as those in behind her are fairly interesting. They include BARWAH (7) who conceded first run to the winner when second here last time (third has won since), and MOCKINBIRD (8) who could have more to offer after showing much-improved form in first-time cheekpieces at Epsom last time (third).

20:15 - Fareeq was beaten on merit in a maiden here last time and doesn't look to have been handed an attractive opening handicap mark. NORWEGIAN HIGHNESS (3) was potentially unsuited by the extended six-furlong trip at Doncaster last time on her handicap debut and could put in a better effort now at a bare six, with her BHA mark looking workable.

20:45 - Heiba doesn't have the most solid profile and could be on to take on at the top of the market, though it is hard to know what with exactly, with both Young Tiger and Eternalist both hailing from out-of-form stables and therefore making limited appeal themselves.

21:15 - Intense Starlet showed improved form to score with something in hand over six furlongs here last time, and though the drop back to five isn't necessarily ideal (had hinted that a return to seven furlongs would suit previously) she will at least have a strong pace to aim at this evening and could outrun her odds.


Back FLY AT DAWN in the 14:35 at Newmarket

17:45 - 10
18:15 - 7
18:45 - 4, 5
19:15 - 2, 9
19:45 - 7, 8
20:15 - 3

Placepot permutation:
8 lines

Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open your account today using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn - £/€20 Back in cash if your bet loses
Bet Now

T&Cs apply.

Read past articles