2:30 Newcastle (25th June)

Quite a restricted auction maiden over 6f.

Not too many of interested here. The two most likely candidates are Silenceofthewind and North Central.

There is little doubting the former named is liked by Burke and contesting a stakes race on debut and then considered for Royal Ascot says that this attractive colt is fancied to win a race or two. I would expect a big run today.

North Central contested an even stiffer race packed with talented juveniles. Howard Johnson's two-year-old was run off his feet for much of that race, which is hardly surprising with such inexperience, but ran on in the manner of a decent horse. This juvenile looks plenty good enough to win an auction event and must be considered.

It is intriguing why Burke has entered Paradise Sceptre for this when he has a big chance with either juvenile alone. The betting will be informative but I would go with Silenceofthewind.

Of the unraced Lord Aeryn must be respected, but will need to be a very good horse to win this on debut. It is possible,however this will be a stiff task.

A very interesting event and I can see this being a battle between Silenceofthewind and North Central.

A watching race.

Paradise Sceptre (NR)

Race review: 'Another easy winner for Karl Burke and the progressive Silenceofthewins. This colt certainly has his share of ability and fairly cruised through this race to win comfortably. Tim Easterby's Antoniola ran on well to take second without any trouble and may have ability. Powerful Pierre improved significantly from his debut. North Central was rather keen for much of the race and then lost his place and was always struggling thereafter. He drifted markedly on the exchanges late, which is somewhat concerning. Perhaps capable of better, he will need to bounce back after this display.'

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