Timeform Shortlist: Newcastle, Thursday March 8

There is all-weather action at Newcastle on Thursday evening
There is all-weather action at Newcastle on Thursday evening

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Newcastle on Thursday evening.

"...he’s a straightforward type and could be the answer..."

5.45 Read Harry Fry On Betway Insider Blog Maiden Stakes (5) 1¼m42y

Timeform Top Rated:
79 4. AMULETUM Peter Chapple-Hyam Paul Mulrennan
70 7. FINISHER Kevin Ryan Andrew Mullen
59p 10. SPORTSWRITER Charlie Appleby Connor Beasley

Analyst's Verdict:
Sportswriter failed to justify favouritism on debut but is evidently thought capable of better and could prove a different proposition with that run behind him/headgear added. Amuletum showed promise on the first of 2 runs in Ireland, while Archive has some decent form to his name over jumps. Morning Skye is a well-bred newcomer who would also come into it if the betting speaks in his favour.


6.15 32Red.com Novice Stakes (5) 7f14y

Timeform Top Rated:
91p 5. NIGHT CASTLE Charlie Appleby Connor Beasley
90+ 2. NARCOS Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
86p 1. AMPLIFICATION Ed Dunlop David Egan (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Night Castle showed plenty of ability despite obvious signs of greenness when fifth on debut at Kempton 33 days ago, the fact he was left poorly placed also a factor. He rates a likely improver with that under his belt and gets the narrow vote to come out on top. Amplification and Narcos are also fancied to feature.


6.45 32Red Casino Handicap (5) 6f

Timeform Top Rated:
87 1. MONTAGUE David O'Meara Shane Gray
86 8. DAZE OUT Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
85p 3. VJ DAY Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott

Analyst's Verdict:
Several to consider in what looks an open race but Vj Day appeals as the one with the most striking potential. Indeed, he took a step forward when runner-up back from a break in a Wolverhampton maiden last week and makes his handicap debut off a workable mark. Montague has lost little caste in defeat in Class 4 events the last twice and should go well again, while Daze Out also merits respect.


7.15 sunbets.co.uk Handicap (4) 1m5y

Timeform Top Rated:
103§ 5. MUTARAKEZ Ruth Carr James Sullivan
102 6. ZABEEL STAR Karen McLintock Jamie Gormley (5)
100+ 2. KENTUCKYCONNECTION Bryan Smart Graham Lee

Analyst's Verdict:
Lost At Sea was seen to maximum effect when chasing home a progressive filly over C&D last time, but he's a straightforward type and could be the answer if, as seems likely, again benefiting from an uncontested lead. Mutarakez wasn't far behind the selection on that occasion and has to be feared, albeit he has his quirks, and Kentuckyconnection will be a threat if he puts his best foot forward.


7.45 sunbets.co.uk Download The App Handicap (5) 1m5y

Timeform Top Rated:
88 3. ABUSHAMAH Ruth Carr James Sullivan
87 2. NEWMARKET WARRIOR Iain Jardine Jamie Gormley (5)
87 9. SIR GNET Ed Dunlop Daniel Muscutt

Analyst's Verdict:
Just 1 lb higher compared to when striking over C&D in October, Newmarket Warrior looks the way to go. He was a shade below par in a stronger race than this recently but is largely reliable, particularly when turning out at this course (form figures on AW here read 24312134304). Abushamah acquitted himself well back from a break here last month and is next on the list ahead of Sir Gnet.


8.15 Betway Cheltenham First&Last Race Losers Moneyback Handicap (4) 6f

Timeform Top Rated:
104 4. BORN TO FINISH Jamie Osborne Joe Fanning
103 5. ORIENTAL LILLY Jim Goldie Phil Dennis (3)
102 2. ROYAL BRAVE Rebecca Bastiman Phillip Makin

Analyst's Verdict:
Oriental Lilly has really found her feet since switched to this surface, notching a third win on the bounce here last month. A 5 lb rise for that looks fair and she is taken to complete the four-timer. Born To Finish remains on a feasible mark and should have a big part to play, particularly if they go a decent clip, while the down-in-grade Heaven's Guest also enters calculations.


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