Tonight's racing: three who catch the eye from Newcastle and Southwell
Southwell and Newcastle race tonight, the former over its jumps track and the latter on the Tapeta. Here are three runners worth looking out for . . .
Last seen pulling up on what would be his last start for Mouse Morris, Sizing Scorpion returns after 537 days off for the Colin Tizzard yard.
Although his time with Morris was fleeting and short on promise, before that he had just been getting started for Henry De Bromhead and won a Fairyhouse handicap hurdle in November 2015.
It is fences he is bred for, though, and when it comes to chasers few are more adept than Tizzard. Early market strength is encouraging on this second run over the larger obstacles, in a race that is maybe a hair above average for this basement grade.
Ostensibly of a higher grade than the preceding race that includes Sizing Scorpion, this 0-105 is a pretty weak affair, certainly weaker than the races at Cheltenham and Kempton Barton Rose has competed in the last twice.
Admittedly she has not looked like winning either for all she has placed both times, but her mark has eased a little as a result and she now finds herself in as low a grade as she can enter.
Thelikeliest winneris probably Too Many Diamonds, famous for a machine-gun sequence around this time last year and back to winning ways over course and distance three weeks ago. He now has a career-high mark, however, and it is contentious whether at 7-4 he holds nearly twice the chance of Barton Rose.
John Gosden's record at Newcastle since the Tapeta was laid continues to impress. He saddled 26 winners from 116 runners on the turf at Gosforth Park in roughly a quarter of a century. In the two years or so since the new course reopened, he has sent out 20 from a mere 53 runners.
Plenty will expect Pouvoir Magique, his only runner on this evening's card, to become the 21st. He won over C&D last autumn and returned with another success at Newbury on Lockinge day.
Up another 6lb to 94, Pouvoir Magique is presumably on trial for the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. A win here would give him a 5lb penalty for Ascot, taking him comfortably past the 97mark that has been required to make the final field in each of the last three years.