APPRENTICE Billy Garrity is fairly rattling through his claim and has been snapped up by Phil Kirby to ride probable favourite IMAJORBLUSH (5.30) at Newcastle.
The gelding’s neck second to Devizes in early March was made to look even better when the winner scored again off a 6lb higher mark at Lingfield last week.
Newmarket's Craven meeting is always something of a guessing game, with many of the horses emerging from their long winter break.
John Gosden has won three of the last five renewals of the bet365 Feilden Stakes, a Listed contest over 1m 1f, and he relies on New Treasure. The gelding, formerly trained by Jim Bolger, will be fighting fit after taking third in a Group 2 at Meydan 17 days ago. Ballydoyle are represented by ARTURO TOSCANINI (3.20), a winner on heavy ground at the Curragh in November, and Aidan O'Brien's colt can be supported at an each-way price. He is bred to appreciate this much sounder surface and wears a tongue strap for the first time.
Charlie Appleby’s Secret Protector mopped up a Conditions Stakes at Meydan by more than five lengths in February and looks ready for this step up in class. Appleby also strips hat-trick seeker Highland Avenue, while Roger Varian's Newmarket maiden winner Royal Champion adds even more interest to a very open affair.