Timeform Daily: Friday, Newcastle, 19:45

The 19:45 at Newcastle tomorrow looks set to be a competitive sprint handicap

Timeform give their verdict on this competitive sprint handicap on Friday evening...

Head Space is in the form of his life, winning here and at Ayr in last month.

Judge 'N Jury won at York in May and scored again off 6 lb higher back there last time (beat Hazelrigg a short head). With plenty of pace here, race may be run to suit again but has further 5 lb rise to defy.

Ancient Cross won this last year off 2 lb lower mark from Noodles Blue Boy. Out of form this term and not suited by the way the race developed at York last time. Every chance he can bounce back.

Breathless Kiss won at Lingfield and Beverley in 2011, but well held when unfancied on reappearance at Newmarket. Will be suited by return to 5f, but has little in hand at the weights.

Foxy Music came back to form when second in a 5f handicap at Chester in May, but well below form last time. Likely to be up with the pace but propensity to race lazily is a negative.

Steps won 3 times in 2011 (career-best at Doncaster). Posted solid efforts at Goodwood and Nottingham this term, denied clear run latest. Can't be written off but stall 13 is a concern. Blinkers on now.

Fitz Flyer looked the type to do well for the switch to current yard, and duly shaped with promise when fifth at Doncaster on return. However, been operating below that form since.

Solemn was flattered by wide-margin success at Sandown and unable to quicken when third at Salisbury last time. Another that is usually ridden close to the pace and handicapper looks in control.

Taurus Twins had run of race when scoring at Nottingham but shaped as if still in good form when fourth to Judge 'N Jury at York last time. Respected.

Damika went winless last season but on the board in Nottingham handicap this month. Not discredited when close-up sixth at Doncaster just 3 days later but may find things tougher now.

Head Space is in the form of his life, winning here and at Ayr in last month. Looks well ahead of handicapper based on last week's success and major player under penalty.

Hazelrigg finished sixth in this last term and right back to best when just denied by Judge 'N Jury in York handicap recently. Touched off again at Ayr latest but remains hard to win with.

Noodles Blue Boy finished second in this last year and scored off a mark 7 lb lower at Thirsk in May. Creditable efforts subsequently, including when fourth to Head Space at Newcastle last time. One to consider.

I'll Be Good good second in handicap at Thirsk in April before putting up a rare poor effort latest at York on quick ground. No surprise to see him bounce back and frame claims.

Timeform Verdict:
1. Head Space
2. Judge 'N Jury
3. Ancient Cross

Timeform View: Head Space looked like he is still well ahead of the handicapper at Ayr last time, and has excellent claims under a penalty. Judge N' Jury will benefit from the likely strong pace and is a danger. Last year's winner Ancient Cross and Steps are also considered.


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