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Ventura Rebel can make a victorious return to action and book his ticket for Royal Ascot in the Betway Pavilion Stakes at Newcastle.  (stock photo)

Ventura Rebel can make a victorious return to action and book his ticket for Royal Ascot in the Betway Pavilion Stakes at Newcastle. (stock photo)

Ventura Rebel can make a victorious return to action and book his ticket for Royal Ascot in the Betway Pavilion Stakes at Newcastle. (stock photo)

Ventura Rebel can make a victorious return to action and book his ticket for Royal Ascot in the Betway Pavilion Stakes at Newcastle.

Richard Fahey's runner won his first two starts in fine style last year, springing a 20-1 surprise at Ascot last May when he accounted for highly-touted American raider Lady Pauline without too much fuss.

That run prompted connections to return to Berkshire for the Royal meeting and Ventura Rebel did them proud in the Norfolk Stakes over five furlongs. A 16-1 shot, Ventura Rebel did not enjoy a dream passage but was putting in all his best work at the finish, although never looked like topping A'Ali, who reopposes here.

Just a neck separated the pair that day and with A'Ali having to concede 3lb, Ventura Rebel has a fine chance of reversing the form, particularly as this six-furlong trip promises to suit. Ventura Rebel's supporters will have to forgive him for his defeat as favourite in the Super Sprint though, in what transpired to be his final run of last term.

Beaten two lengths, he was then sidelined for the remainder of the campaign but should not be underestimated here, with a step up in distance looking ideal in what is a trial for the Commonwealth Cup.

Fahey should also be on the mark with Splinter in the first division of the Betway Heed Your Hunch/British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Newmarket's 10-race feast opens with six juvenile events, so it may pay to wait until later in the day for Mia Mento in the first division of the Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap.

The four-year-old was rated as high as 91 when trained by Tom Mullins, but she did not quite find her stride last season and was transferred to the care of Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Belfast Telegraph