Through The Card: Newcastle, Thursday May 26

There is racing from Newcastle on Thursday evening
There is racing from Newcastle on Thursday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Thursday evening.


"She seemed to relish being held up off a strong pace and a similar set of circumstances should make her extremely difficult to beat..."

18:25 - Tallinski shaped better than the bare result when seventh on his racecourse debut at Doncaster and left that form well behind when second on his most recent outing at Musselburgh. He attempted to make all of the running on that occasion, putting his experience to good use and only giving way to a fairly useful prospect in the closing stages. The pair came over three lengths clear of the remainder and, although he has a bit to find with Poet's Society on Timeform ratings, Tallinski has the scope for more improvement and rates a confident selection in the opening leg of the Placepot.

18:55 - Miss Ranger showed improved form on just her second start over this trip at Chepstow last time, simply finding one too strong in the final furlong and pulling three lengths clear of the rest of the field. She consolidated her already consistent profile with that effort and, having finished out of the first two just once in her last seven starts, Miss Ranger rates a sound selection for the Placepot. She is joined by Paddy's Rock, who doesn't win as often as he perhaps should, but was second off this mark when last seen and is worth chancing on his return from ten months off the track.

19:30 - Shraaoh shaped with plenty of promise when down the field on last month's debut at Newmarket and showed the benefit of that outing when posting an improved effort at Nottingham recently. He looked likely to finish well-beaten as the field entered the final three furlongs that day, but made significant headway in the closing stages to take third and did so without being asked for anything like maximum effort. Indeed, he went down as a real eye-catcher on that occasion and, although Wave Reviews sets a fairly useful standard on form, Shraaoh can make the necessary progression to get the better of that rival here.

20:05 - Hard To Handel wasn't seen to best effect on her first start for the David O'Meara yard at Beverley last time, but she still posted a career-best effort in third and is entitled to improve for that first outing in over six months. A two-time winner in 11 starts for Ralph Beckett, her new trainer is renowned for squeezing a bit of improvement out of similar types and Hard To Handel looks to hold more appealing claims than most with the Placepot in mind. She is joined by Muhaafiz, who appeared unsuited by the longer trip last time and had previously looked an extremely reliable performer.

20:35 - Time Check is relatively unexposed for a four-year-old with only three previous career starts in the book and, having got off the mark on her return from over 16 months off the track at Doncaster in April, she fared better than the bare result when sixth on her handicap debut at Ripon last time. She beat the horses on her side of the track with ease that day and a kinder draw would surely have seen her involved at the finish. Indeed, the way she travelled through the race marked her out as a horse to follow and Time Check can take advantage of a lenient mark with victory here.

21:05 - Coto returned to something like her best form when scoring over this C&D nine days ago and - although she may have been slightly flattered by the way the race panned out that day - it was hard to argue with the manner in which she skipped two lengths clear in the closing stages. She seemed to relish being held up off a strong pace and a similar set of circumstances should make her extremely difficult to beat under a 6 lb penalty. Innocently is beginning to look dangerously well-handicapped and, with his latest effort at Southwell best forgotten, he is also considered in the final leg of the Placepot.

Recommendations:

Back Shraaoh in the 19:30 at Newcastle
Back Coto in the 21:05 at Newcastle

Placepot permutation:
18:25 - 5
18:55 - 6, 8
19:30 - 4
20:05 - 6, 13
20:35 - 5
21:05 - 4, 6
= 8 lines

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