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Genres is ready to write a new chapter with long-awaited triumph

Newcastle punters can yield immediate dividends by supporting Genres in the opening race. Now in training with Alan Swinbank, having previously been in the care of John Gosden, he could take some stopping in the Betway Handicap.

Despite not having won a race since May 2015, Genres is fairly unexposed for a horse of his age.

He was also a bit of an eyecatcher on his last outing at Newcastle on December 30.

Not a great deal was expected of him at odds of 14-1, but the gelded son of Champs Elysees finished fast and late to take fourth place.

That was by far his best performance for some time and should tee him up nicely.

The decision to step up to a mile and a half also looks a cool and calculated move from the wily Swinbank.

Perhaps of more importance, though, is the first-time appointment of the excellent Simon Walker, who is always in high demand for amateur races like this.

Mr Scaramanga can cut loose in Newcastle's feature race, the Sun Bets Conditions Stakes.

It will be intriguing to see how Pretend gets on at Kempton today.

Godolphin's six-year-old was a little disappointing on the turf last summer, but is a different proposition on the all-weather.

Pretend's class should see him home as he takes on three of four inferior rivals off level weights in the 32Red Conditions Stakes.

Hereford: 1.20 Edgar, 1.50 Long Call, 2.20 Zamdy Man, 2.50 Cadeau George, 3.20 Money Maid, 3.50 Lady Beaufort.

Kempton: 4.45 Twilight Angel, 5.15 Dreaming Of Paris, 5.45 Wahiba, 6.15 Pretend, 6.45 Born To Finish, 7.15 Tango Sky, 7.45 Sennockian Star.

Newcastle: 2.00 GENRES (NAP), 2.30 Mesophere, 3.00 Outlaw Torn, 3.30 Mr Scaramanga, 4.00 Golden Opportunity, 4.30 Snuggy.

Taunton: 1.05 Overland Flyer, 1.35 Bags Groove, 2.10 Calett Mad, 2.40 Resolution Bay, 3.10 Mon Parrain, 3.40 Know Your Name.

Double: Genres and Zamdy Man.

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