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The Michael Bell trained Collect Art, has been on a bit of a roll recently, winning his last three starts. He looks set defy a six-pound penalty, picked up for his most recent win, and capture Newmarket’s TurfTV Handicap at 7.35pm. Last time out, he looked in trouble, when headed by Via Aurelia inside the final furlong of a Yarmouth handicap. However, he showed real battling qualities there, to fight back and score by a head. That race was over seven furlongs, and this step up to a mile looks sure to suit, and he can take this and complete the four-timer.

Soho Theatre may well have won on his reappearance at Lingfield back in April, but for being badly hampered inside the final furlong. Something clearly amiss in a decent  maiden next time out and blinkers are now fitted for this, his handicap debut. Clearly has ability, but probably one to watch this time.

Marosh could well be the main danger to Collect Art’s bid for a four-timer. He has performed well in handicap races this year, winning twice at Wolverhampton back in January. He is still in good heart,  and finished an excellent second to Tewin Wood at Lingfield last time, though this trip is not certain to suit, having struggled on his last attempt at this distance.

Gifted Apakay was a gallant winner of a Lingfield maiden on her final outing as a two-year-old. Has been far from discredited in three starts this season, including when finishing seventh on her turf debut last time out. Looks a little high in the weights at present and others preferred.

Bubbly Braveheart had a profitable winter campaign on the all weather, winning three times. Steps back in distance here after a two month absence and is beginning to look rather exposed following 18 career starts. Interesting jockey booking though, with Keiron Fallon set to ride.

Yabtree is still a maiden after five attempts, recording his best performance, when finishing fifth behind Avon River, in handicap at Windsor last month. The winner and sixth that day have gone on to win since, and he would have finished closer but for being bumped in the closing stages. One to consider  

Black Baccara landed a five furlong maiden at Folkestone on her only outing as a two-year-old. Has offered little encouragement in two Newmarket handicaps this season and needs to confirm she still has some ability before she can enter calculations again.

Inpursuitoffreedom finished a promising third on her debut in seven furlong maiden here last season, and had  failed to reproduce that form until finishing sixth in a one mile handicap at Doncaster on her last outing. Met trouble in running that day, so could well improve on that effort. An outsider to consider.

Asterales is a cheap purchase who has finished well down the field in three maiden races this spring. Was steadied at the start and never on terms at Wolverhampton last time, and looks the type to do better in handicaps. However, impossible to recommend on evidence to date.

Alana Banana has shown absolutely nothing in three career starts to date. Making her handicap debut here, she looks certain to struggle.

Vertumnus did show some ability on his second start, when staying on into sixth in a Nottingham maiden on his penultimate start. Making his handicap debut here and should be suited by the step up to a mile. Needs to improve though to take a hand here.

Eywa was sent off favourite last time out, when finishing fifth to Collect Art at Yarmouth. No obvious excuses there, and difficult to see her reversing that form with her rival here.