Through The Card: Newmarket, Thursday May 18
17:50 – RED ROMAN (3) shaped better than the bare result when fourth on his racecourse bow here 11 days ago ago, enduring a troubled passage as the field entered the final two furlongs and doing well in the circumstances to be beaten just two and a half lengths. He is entitled to improve with that initial experience under his belt and can show the benefit of that outing with a big run in this opening leg of the Placepot.
18:20 – MUTARABBY (7) sets a fairly useful standard here and rates the percentage call for the in-form Saeed bin Suroor (four winners from his last 15 runners), with further progress likely to be in the offing after just two starts. Marine One and Zenon both appeal as the sort who could leave the bare form of their debut behind, while King of Paris made a sound start for Roger Varian when second at Brighton last month.
18:50 – CAPE DISCOVERY (3) shaped well when fourth on his return from three months off the track at Windsor last time, travelling strongly on the front end from the outset and only weakening once the lack of a recent outing began to tell in the closing stages. He has now dropped to a mark 1 lb lower than when winning at Windsor 12 months ago and should prove extremely difficult to beat if making the expected progress from last time here, with Go George Go feared most of the remainder.
19:25 – JALELA (4) failed to meet market expectations when only second at Wolverhampton two weeks ago, but remains open to more improvement after just two starts and deserves another chance to confirm the promise of her earlier second at this venue. She is joined in the Placepot by the newcomer LIGHTNING MARK (5), who makes plenty of appeal on pedigree and has to be respected for his powerful connections.
20:00 – TRIBUTE ACT (3) looked a good prospect when making a successful racecourse debut at Kempton in October, staying on strongly to lead close home and appearing to have more in hand than the official winning margin would suggest. That form leaves her 4 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings here and, with the possibility of more to come over this longer trip, Tribute Act is fancied to take advantage of what looks a fair mark on handicap debut and looks worth a small bet.
20:30 – MARZOUQ (1) has improved with every start since making his handicap debut at Kempton in February and finished well clear of the rest when second over this C&D four weeks ago. He should have more to offer after just five starts and, with jockey David Egan taking off a valuable 7 lb, Marzouq would appear to hold sound claims and is taken to defy a 9 lb hike in the weights in this concluding leg of the Placepot.
17:50 – 3
18:20 – 7
18:50 – 3
19:25 – 4, 5
20:00 – 3
20:30 – 1