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Tatlisu can sprint to another victory at Gosforth Park

By Anita Chambers

Tatlisu recently ended a near 16-month losing streak with victory at Newcastle and he can replicate that success in the Betway Sprint Handicap back at Gosforth Park.

The seven-year-old may only have won seven of his 49 races to date, but he has been a regular contender for some of the hottest handicap prizes over recent years, including the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and Stewards' Cup at Goodwood.

Indeed, his finest hour came in just such an event as he posted what was undoubtedly a career-best effort when winning the Ayr Silver Cup back in 2015.

However, there have been more downs than ups since that triumph and Tatlisu has dropped from a career high mark of 103 to as low as 85, which proved the magic number as he got back to winning form in January.

Raised 5lb for that success, Tatlisu narrowly failed to follow up when dropped back to the minimum trip next time while a step up to seven furlongs most recently proved beyond him.

It therefore makes sense for Richard Fahey to return to his favoured six furlongs and, with Sebastian Woods taking off a valuable 7lb, Tatlisu could have his optimum conditions for success.

Mandrell returns from a long spell on the sidelines in the 32Red Casino Fillies' Handicap and can triumph.

A winner at Kempton on her only start to date back in 2015, it is interesting that the Godolphin team have opted to continue with this daughter of Dubawi.

Her dam was a dual Grade One winner though and Mandrell won quite tidily on her opening effort, so perhaps trainer Charlie Appleby feels they have only scratched the surface.

Escalating recently hit the mark at Southwell and a repeat victory would not be totally unexpected in the Betway Handicap at the Nottinghamshire venue.

The five-year-old was a winner last June but then had to endure an unsuccessful run of results until bouncing back to his best just over two weeks ago in a moderate event.

Paul Townend can win on Knockraha Boss in the Urlingford Chase at Thurles.

CARLISLE: 2.00 Raise A Spark, 2.35 One Cool Clarkson, 3.10 Johanos, 3.45 Witness, 4.20 Present Times, 4.55 Loch Ba, 5.25 Oura Branco.

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Spirit Of The Vale, 6.15 Rutherford, 6.45 TATLISU (NAP), 7.15 Mandrell, 7.45 Glorious Poet, 8.15 Orlando Rogue.

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Viola Park, 2.45 La Estrella, 3.20 Bounty Pursuit, 3.55 Escalating, 4.30 Whosyourhousemate, 5.05 Pick Of Any, 5.35 Go George Go.

THURLES: 1.55 Head Turner, 2.25 Knockraha Boss, 3.00 White Lilac, 3.35 Rock On Barney, 4.10 Ask Susan, 4.45 Rue Hill, 5.15 Isodon.

WINCANTON: 1.50 Homers Odyssey, 2.20 Unison, 2.55 Dawson City, 3.30 Multiculture, 4.05 Coole Cody, 4.40 Tikkapick, 5.10 Lalor.

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