Through The Card: Newcastle, Thursday June 23

There is Flat racing on the all-weather at Newcastle on Thursday
There is Flat racing on the all-weather at Newcastle on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card on day one of Newcastle's Northumberland Plate meeting on Thursday.

"Another horse with a top pedigree (half-sister to Group 1 winner The Wow Signal) who deserves another chance is Wowcha."

13:50 - Alcazar cost £68,000 at the breeze-up sales and showed plenty to work on when fourth at Chepstow on his debut 13 days ago , so he looks the one to beat in this two-year-old maiden with improvement forthcoming upped to seven furlongs. His presence makes this a no-bet race.

14:20 - Hyperfocus looked an above-average colt first time up but possibly found the step up to listed company coming too soon at Epsom last time, so he is well worth another chance. The other winner in the field, Miss Sugars, is open to improvement, while it's too soon to write off Dusker, but Hyperfocus looks a solid enough banker.

14:55 - Grand Canyon wasn't seen to best effect in a steadily-run affair at Ripon and remains of interest off this mark, though he cannot be full bet material while his yard are still quiet, while Briardale won well over C&D last time but needs to back that performance up. The best option for the Placepot could be Bogardus who shaped well on the AW early in the year and probably needed his return back on turf three weeks ago.

15:30 - Exclusive Diamond has caught the eye on both starts for David O'Meara and remain of interest as a lightly-raced filly, though as just mentioned, her stable are hardly flying at present. Our Kylie has won both her starts over hurdles for the Brian Ellison and is potentially well treated returned to the Flat, while Neuf des Coeurs (below her last winning mark) and Almutamarred (returning to the AW) are others to keep an eye on.

16:00 - Mothers Finest has been set some stern tasks since winning a maiden at Haydock in April 2015 (less than three weeks after her debut) but she appeared to find her level last time, when a close third of five to Lavetta in a handicap at Doncaster wearing a first-time tongue strap. Mothers Finest was not seen to best effect there either, needing a stronger gallop, something which she should get today with Jacob Black and Father Bertie in opposition. Alfred Hutchinson and Home Cummins are expected to be in the mix also.

16:35 - Hold Tight possibly found the demands of the Victoria Cup too much for him on just his fourth racecourse appearance early last month, and with his previous exploits, along with his pedigree (half-brother to Group 1-winning sprinters Airwave and Jwala), offering hope for better still, he's worthy of another chance. A first-time hood could also help him. Certificate arrives in good nick and is feared, along with Free Code, Lord of the Rock and Can't Change It in a competitive race.

17:10 - Another horse with a top pedigree (half-sister to Group 1 winner The Wow Signal) who deserves another chance is Wowcha. She proved something of a disappointment bearing in mind her previous promise at Nottingham last month, but that did come on firm ground, and could be worth a chance to get back on the up on just her sixth start. Firesnake also needs to bounce back from a lesser effort but is feared, whilst Ponty Royale looks sure to be in the mix, too, following her win at Carlisle.

17:40 - The Kevin Ryan yard shows a massive £107.81 to a £1 level stake when having one runner at a Flat meeting since the start of the 2011 season, and his Strummer can enhance that stat in the closing race. Strummer's improved showing came under a change of tactics at Carlisle last month and he's taken to build on that now his connections seem to have found the key to him. Kafoo and Ancient Astronaut are a couple of possible threats.

Recommendations:

Back Mothers Finest in the 16:00
Back Wowcha in the 17:10

Placepot permutation:
13:50 - 1
14:20 - 1
14:55 - 7
15:30 - 1, 3
16:00 - 5
16:35 - 4, 5
= 4 lines

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