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13:25 Newcastle

Oriental World is related to a number of smart horses, none more so than dual Dubai World Cup winner, Thunder Snow. Additionally, he’s related to performers from as short as seven furlongs, up to ten furlongs. There’s a few questions; whether he will perform over the trip, whether he will perform on the All-Weather surface. More notably, Charlie Appleby teams up with Silvestre De Sousa. He has a lot of potential but experience might prove decisive today.

Nova Legend stayed on over a mile and half a furlong at Nottingham, on his debut. He finished a length behind Clear Day but is open to turn that around because he has an extra furlong and a half to race over. His trainer, Hugo Palmer, is going well at Newcastle and so is his jockey, Louis Steward. Again, there would be questions about the All-Weather surface but he could be one to watch.

Voodoo Queen didn’t really have the run of the race on her debut at Nottingham. She stayed on resolutely and should relish the step up in trip. She has a nice draw and gains weight off a few of her rivals. Roger Varian also has a nice record at Newcastle and sent Group One scorer and Breeders’ Cup Turf third, Teona, to win this race last year. If she can overcome her greenness, then she should be hard to beat.


written by Kieran McHugh

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