Timeform take you through the card at Redcar on Thursday.
"Girl With A Pearl was doing her best work in the closing stages when third in handicap over the extended mile at Windsor recently..."
14:05 - An uninspiring race to start - a six-runner juvenile seller featuring two unraced horses - and we're probably going to have to take two to see us through in the Placepot. It's never good to see a horse making its debut in selling company, and Baltic Beau cost just £1,000 as a yearling, but he represents a top trainer (Richard Fahey), is the only runner entered in the Super Sprint and is solid in the market as things stand, so he's in. We'll also take Eid Rose who beat only one home in a warm maiden at Kempton a month ago, but that horse has won since.
14:35 - David Simcock's Cersei sets a clear standard on the pick for her form last summer, but she did look a horse who'd stay further than seven furlongs last year and drops back to six furlongs here. While she's the most likely winner, the best strategy may be to take a few against her in the Placepot, and we'll side with Al Sailiyah, who is bred to be quick and did better for the drop to six furlong when third at Lingfield on her comeback, and Anna Barkova, who has a useful pedigree, albeit one that mixes speed (by Invincible Spirit) with stamina.
15:05 - A third race that features only maidens. Muroor is interesting making his debut for David O'Meara (left Marcus Tregoning for 9,000 guineas), though it's a little disconcerting he wore a hood and was still keen in front for his two races at two (headgear left off here). Lajatico confirmed her debut promise when second in a warm race at Lingfield (disqualified winner Auntie Barber scored yesterday, while the horse that finished a place behind Lajatico has also won since) on her reappearance and should strip fitter with that run under her belt. King of Naples is another who left his debut run well behind on his return and should go well.
15:35 - Specialv is respected having reproduced her improved all-weather form back on turf here last time, but she was only fourth and did rather blot her copybook by hanging right at the business end, and this race can go to Girl With A Pearl. Girl With A Pearl was doing her best work in the closing stages when third in handicap over the extended mile at Windsor recently and should appreciate this slightly extra distance, while she hails from yard (Ed Dunlop) going very well at present, including with its three-year-old handicappers. She also cost 120,000 guineas as a yearling and is worth backing here.
16:10 - Like so many before him, Dandyleekie has clearly benefited from a sprinkle of David O'Meara's stardust, having made a winning debut for the yard at Ripon earlier this month. He's highly likely to go close again off just a 3 lb higher mark, though there are a number of dangers, including another recent winner in Galesburg, Jordan Sport and Slemy.
16:45 - A six-runner claimer to end the Placepot - fantastic! The dip into more shallow waters should ensure Red Refraction is right on the premises, so he's worth taking, along with Moonlight Venture who was second to Evanescent in a similar race at Catterick earlier in the month but is perhaps more consistent than that rival (third both starts since).
17:20 - 7-lb claimer Adam McNamara has advertised his talents on Footlight on her last three starts, winning twice and finishing second in between, and the partnership look bound to go very close again here under a 6-lb penalty. Stone Quercus and The Knave both performed with credit at Nottingham recently and rate the main dangers, though money for handicaps debutant(e)s Great Colaci and Rokerby Hall would look significant.
Back Girl With A Pearl in the 15:35
14:05 - 1, 5
14:35 - 3, 4
15:05 - 9
15:35 - 6
16:10 - 2
16:45 - 1, 4
= 8 lines