RACE PREVIEWS & TIPS (WEDNESDAY)

16:30 Newcastle Wick Powell put in an authoritative performance when scoring over course and distance 12-days ago. The handicapper has reacted by putting this son of Sakhee’s Secret up 10lb and things went to plan for this three year old that day when able to make all. Here he could be challenged at the front end from the outset. Hemingway made his return to the track after a 204-day break when behind Wick Powell, so you’d presume there would be some improvement from this son of Dragon Pulse. The form of their meeting has started to take shape with the seventh, Erissimus Maximus, winning at Southwell yesterday. With Kevin Ryan’s charge likely to sit prominent he could be poised to strike off a strong early pace. Richard Hannon’s Tomily is the other pace angle from stall one in this contest, so he could soften up Wick Powell from the front. A winner at Lingfield when last seen this useful type as a juvenile is the top rated runner in the field but could find one or two improving types too good. Hemingway (E/W if 9/2+)

17:45 Kempton This Class 7 handicap doesn’t seem to have too much early speed despite the 14-runner field and that could leave those prominent best suited. A Boy Named Sue has been consistent in recent starts at Newcastle but remains a maiden. He’s got to transfer that form onto this different surface but Adam Kirby booked to ride takes the eye. Breakheart missed the break in an apprentice race at Lingfield last time, so that effort can be excused. Prior to that the ten year old was second over track and trip under this pilot claiming 7lb. Two runs in this class for Andrew Balding’s charge have yielded a win and a second. Rafaaf returned to the track after a 130-day absence and for a new yard when third in an apprentice race over course and distance under Kieran Schofield. There was promise there to show he retained ability and if ridden with similar prominence can make his challenge with the cheekpieces back on, so they will hopefully help him to see out the trip stronger than last time with fitness on his side a further plus. Gavarnie Encore may have been unlucky to finish a close-up third last time but he needs to be produced right on the line, which is difficult to do and chances are he could face trouble in running. He is drawn in stall one and with him likely to be ridden with restraint he could be a hostage to fortune once more meaning he makes limited appeal. Rafaaf (E/W)

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