Through The Card: Newmarket, Thursday September 22

The Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes is the feature race at Newmarket on Thursday
The Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes is the feature race at Newmarket on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Thursday.


"Fly At Dawn is fancied to take another step forward now back in a handicap and can regain the winning thread with a defeat of Red Ensign..."

14:00 - TAJ MAHAL (10) is bred in the purple and produced a fairly useful level of form when second on his most recent outing at the Curragh. That effort gives those with previous experience 6 lb to find on Timeform ratings here and, with the possibility of more to come in a visor for the first time, Taj Mahal looks sure to be thereabouts and has to be considered the most solid proposition with the Placepot in mind. He is joined by the newcomer EMINENT (6), who represents leading first season sire Frankel and would appear to be held in high-regard by trainer Martyn Meade, with an entry in the Racing Post Trophy still to his name.

14:35 - FLY AT DAWN (2) produced a career-best when third on his most recent outing in a conditions race at Kempton, holding a narrow advantage as the field turned into the straight and simply unable to hold off the challenge of two speedier rivals in the closing stages. He shaped as if the step up to this trip would see him in an even better light on that occasion and - 2 lb clear of all bar Bacchus on Timeform ratings - Fly At Dawn is fancied to take another step forward now back in a handicap and can regain the winning thread with a defeat of Red Ensign.

15:10 - UNFORGETABLE FILLY (2) was backed as if defeat was out of the question on her most recent outing at Lingfield and duly built on the promise of her debut effort to get off the mark. She could hardly have been more impressive on that occasion, travelling strongly throughout on the front end and quickly streaking clear once asked for her effort in the final two furlongs. The bare form of that effort gives her something to find with Urban Fox on Timeform ratings, but she remains open to more improvement after just two starts and can take this en route to bigger and better things.

15:40 - ESCOBAR (3) looked a useful prospect when landing a listed race at Newbury last month, confirming the promise of his debut victory on the July Course and giving the impression there would be more to come from him once stepped into this grade. The form of that Newbury contest is beginning to work out well (third and fourth both winners since) and - 2 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings - Escobar is expected to see off the attentions of Irish raider Whitecliffsofdover and can give trainer Hugo Palmer a double on the card.

16:15 - FOREVER POPULAR (5) made the breakthrough in this grade when landing a listed race at Newmarket (July) in July and hasn't been disgraced in better company twice since. Indeed, she was only beaten eight lengths when fourth on her most recent outing in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster and, with nothing of Simple Verse's calibre in opposition here, Forever Popular looks sure to run well and can continue trainer William Haggas' impressive form of late (five winners and three seconds from last eight runners). She is joined in the Placepot by GOLDMEMBER (9), who can be forgiven a below par effort last time (lost shoe) and has shaped as if the step up to this trip would be the making of him.

16:50 - APPEARED (2) showed himself to be a useful performer when successful at York in May and was possibly feeling the effects of that effort when disappointing back over the same C&D 10 days later. The fact he has been off the track since that outing suggests he hasn't been the most straightforward to train, but he has been given plenty of time to recover from those exertions and - 3 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings - Appeared is entitled to be thereabouts if bouncing back here and can make a victorious return to action in this final leg of the Placepot.

17:20 - GREAT ORDER was value for more than the length and a quarter winning margin at Ascot last time, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal after a slow start and ultimately doing extremely well to score as cosily as he did. He remains open to more improvement after just four starts in his short career to date and is expected to prove too classy for the consistent War Glory here.

17:50 - NIGEL ran well when second on his most recent outing at Wolverhampton, only beaten by one who was better positioned in a steadily-run affair and showing enough in defeat to suggest he will remain competitive off his current mark. Indeed, that form gives him the edge over Primogeniture on Timeform ratings here and Nigel is expected register the third victory of his career in the final race on this afternoon's Newmarket card.

Recommendations:

Back FLY AT DAWN in the 14:35 at Newmarket

14:00 - 6, 10
14:35 - 2
15:10 - 2
15:40 - 3
16:15 - 5, 9
16:50 - 2

Placepot permutation:
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