Timeform take you through the card at Newcastle on Sunday…
“…he will remain of interest with conditions in his favour today…”
Timeform on Trautmann
13:00 – It’s fair to say that GALILEO’S SPEAR (1) is getting a little frustrating, yet to win in Britain after 17 starts, but he shaped as if still in good form when third over shorter at Wolverhampton recently, leaving the impression he would be suited by a step back up in trip. His run style will also be suited to this track, too, often taking a while to hit top gear, and it would be no surprise were he to overhaul his rivals late on today. last-time-out winner Grey Mist is another to consider.
13:30 – NEVADA (1) didn’t seem to handle fibresand when disappointing at Southwell recently so is forgiven that run and is expected to bounce back with Simon Walker a very positive booking in this type of race. Rainbow Lad returns from a lengthy absence but is in very good hands, with Something Brewing completing the shortlist.
14:00 – The favourite Isle of Avalon won well on his return from a 15-month absence last time but this may come quick enough and he is worth taking on with TRAUTMANN (2), who caught the eye in a handicap here over two miles last time. He made up a lot of ground that day after taking a keen hold in the rear, having every chance in the final furlong but just coming up short. The front two pulled well clear of the remainder, though, and he will remain of interest with conditions in his favour today.
14:30 – The progressive ELYSEES PALACE (2) is very much the type his yard excels with and, though he seemingly isn’t the easiest to train, he undoubtedly possesses plenty of ability, and is the one to beat as he bids for the hat-trick on return. Mametz Wood and Mr Carbonator both went close at Southwell last time and can place again.
15:00 – John Gosden has a good record with his newcomers at Newcastle, sending the likes of Enable, Stradivarius and Without Parole all to open their accounts at this track, and in the shape of MISS MOROCCO (8), he could have another potential top-notcher. She is a half-sister to the unbeaten Mr Marrakech, who has won both of his starts on an all-weather surface, and ran to a near-useful level to make a winning debut. By Nathaniel, this trip looks ideal on her first start, and the form of the stable has showed no signs of slowing down this winter.
15:30 – PORTLEDGE (4) has a good record at this course, winning three times over C&D, and is worth forgiving his latest run dropped to six furlongs here in what was a more competitive handicap than this. The return to seven furlongs will very much suit, and should be well up to winning more races from this sort of mark. The booking of Joe Fanning also bodes well and, all in all, Portledge has plenty in his favour here.
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