Timeform Shortlist: Newbury, Friday August 12

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2.20 Don Deadman Memorial EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (4) 7f

Top Rated:
94p 7. PLANT POT POWER Richard Hannon Richard Kingscote
85p 8. PROCURATOR Richard Hannon Sean Levey

Analyst's Verdict:
Ultimate Avenue made an encouraging start to his career at last month and is taken to put that experience to good use now. Muhajjal and Meyrick hold pattern entries next month and are just two of many interesting newcomers in what looks a typically good maiden for the course.
2.50 Christopher Smith Associates Handicap (4) 1m

Top Rated:
95 6. MARCANO Rod Millman Frederik Tylicki
94 5. CORDITE Jim Boyle Sam Hitchcott
93 7. STEAL THE SCENE Richard Hannon Sean Levey

Analyst's Verdict:
Marcano has been better than the result on all 3 starts since scoring twice at earlier in the summer and is taken to resume winning ways. Exceeding Power has been most reliable of late and may provide the main threat ahead of last month's all-the-way winner Lulani.
3.20 Berry Bros. & Rudd Cellar Plan Handicap (3) 1m5f61y

Top Rated:
103p 10. NICEONECENTURION William Knight Martin Dwyer
100 9. THE GRADUATE Andrew Balding David Probert
98 4. COOL MACAVITY Nicky Henderson Dougie Costello

Analyst's Verdict:
Three-year-olds can dominate these sort of contests at this time of year and Niceonecenturion is taken to defy the handicapper and see off this largely much more exposed opposition. Cool Macavity made a sound return to the Flat at last month and should be thereabouts again, while The Graduate can't have been right last time and had looked progressive prior to that.
3.55 Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Fillies' Stakes (Listed) (1) 5f34y

Top Rated:
111 6. RAJAR Richard Hannon Sean Levey
110 2. DAINTY DANDY Paul Cole Paul Hanagan
109p 5. MRS DANVERS Jonathan Portman Richard Kingscote

Analyst's Verdict:
The thriving Rajar blew apart what had looked a really competitive field for a valuable nursery last time and can take the step up to listed company in her stride. Mrs Danvers stretched her unbeaten record to 3 in the Super Sprint over C&D last time and looks sure to go well again, while Dainty Dandy was placed at Group 3 level last time and has the speed to cope with this shorter trip.
4.30 Inspiration Inc. Handicap (4) 5f34y

Top Rated:
102 5. LITTLE VOICE Charles Hills James Doyle
101 4. KING CRIMSON Charles Bishop
99 1. MAJESTIC HERO Ronald Harris Adam Kirby

Analyst's Verdict:
A tightly-knit handicap which is open for King Crimson to gain an early tactical edge in front and potentially prove difficult to pass, few of his rivals actually appealing as well handicapped after all. With that said, Little Voice has few miles on the clock and Newton's Law has been rated higher in the past, so they enter calculations, too.
5.00 Breeders Backing And Tutts Clump Cider EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (5) 1¼m6y

Top Rated:
98 3. MALMOOSA Brian Meehan Paul Hanagan
87p 4. MYOPIC Adam Kirby
75p 2. LADY NATASHA K. R. Burke Dougie Costello

Analyst's Verdict:
Scattered Stars is bred to make a smart middle distance horse and hails from a yard whose 3-y-os are often ready to go first time, so it's worth chancing that he can make a winning debut in a race where those with the best form have questions to answer. If either Malmoosa or Myopic are on their game, they're sure to take a hand, however.
5.35 Mobile Pimm's Bars Apprentice Handicap (5) 1m1f

Top Rated:
85 4. KISMET HARDY Richard Hannon (3)
84 5. SILHOUETTE Daniel Kubler Paddy Pilley
83 6. ARITHMETIC Charles Hills

Analyst's Verdict:
Silhouette has been shaping as if his turn is near lately and, provided there's a sound enough gallop, this looks an excellent opportunity for this steadily progressive sort to get off the mark. Fellow 3-y-os Kismet Hardy and Arithmetic are the main dangers to the selection, particularly the former, who was beaten only by another thriving sort last time.
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