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Promising Kathir to make Stewart's long haul worthwhile.

Kathir can finally break his duck at the fourth time of asking at Newcastle today.

Alec Stewart's charge had two encouraging runs last season as a late developing juvenile and there was plenty to like about his re-appearance at Newmarket on 1,000 Guineas day.

Kathir was as green as grass when running second to Eternal Spring on his debut at Beverley and was still showing signs of inexperience when he followed up with a victory at Nottingham. However, he stayed on bravely to beat Keltic Bard by one-and-a-half lengths.

The going on both occasions was on the fast side of good but he gave the impression that he needed some cut in the ground at Newmarket.

He looked as though he had done well over the winter, but faded out of contention after six furlongs despite going off the 10-1 second favourite.

Stewart would not be taking him all the way to Newcastle without a purpose and he carries nap confidence.

The booking of Kieren Fallon points towards the chance of Beguile in the Great Yarmouth for Great Holidays Selling Handicap at Yarmouth.

Fallon has teamed up with trainer Roger Ingram to great effect over the past couple of seasons, striking up a successful relationship with Junikay.

Indeed, Beguile finished behind Junikay and Fallon when they were third and second respectively to Moon At Night at Brighton.

That was just his second start on turf having been principally campaigned on the all-weather tracks until now.

Although the step up to a mile raises some concerns, this is a poor contest and Beguile, who has looked useful on sand, can open his account on grass.

Carnival Lad is a more obvious choice to lift the EBF Breckland Maiden Stakes. Having shaped with abundant promise over course and distance on his racecourse debut last week, in a race run at a peculiarly stop-start pace, he can provide Fallon with a double.

There will be plenty of interest in Etienne Lady in England's Euro 2000 training camp as she runs in the colours of striker Michael Owen.

Beverley's Hilary Needler Trophy looks set to head south to Whatcombe, with Paul Cole's Hejaziah sure to be hard to beat, but Tim Easterby's Up Tempo could keep the Brian Yeardley Continental Two Year Old Trophy in Yorkshire.
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