SUMMER TIMES, who has filled the frame in all his three outings, can finally break his maiden at Newcastle this afternoon on behalf of Mark Johnston, who is enjoying another bumper campaign.

The Middleham trainer, who topped the leader-board at the recent Glorious Goodwood Festival, has sent out more than 170 winners this season, a remarkable score by any standards and one which could see the Middleham maestro achieving a new personal-best score before the year is over.

Summer Times, who will be partnered by Joe Fanning in the bet365/EBF Maiden Stakes, steps up to seven furlongs for the first time after finishing in the money twice at Catterick and once at Ripon over six furlongs. This promises to be his turn to shine.

Mr McLaren should run well in the bet365 Handicap.

David O'Meara's gelding is building up a consistent and progressive profile. Twice a winner already this summer, he can make it three in this seven furlong event. Danny Tudhope has the mount.

Syros is selected to win the Handicap.

Mick Easterby's charge fulfilled previous promise when coming good under Kieran Fallon at Thirsk on his latest start.

Graham Gibbons takes over this time and the Sheriff Hutton gelding, who has more to offer, is taken to follow up.

Also worth noting are the promising Dreaming Beauty (4.10) and course winner Datrix (5.10).

At Catterick's evening meeting, Izzthatright is napped to win the Be Premiere Hair Nursery Handicap.

Richard Fahey's juvenile is progressing at a useful rate. He was a winner here two starts ago and he probably bettered that performance when finishing a half-length second in stronger company at Chester on his latest outing. He is set to carry top weight, but Jack Garritty's 5lb claim significantly reduces his burden and he is taken to resume winning ways.

Fahey, whose horses are in terrific form, could have another winner with Frosty Times in the Oops A Daisy Florists Selling Stakes.

The two-year-old finished third in a nursery handicap at Musselburgh last week so this race represents a drop in class for him. Tony Hamilton has the mount.

The normally consistent Northside Prince ran below-par at Hamilton last time out, but Alan Swinbank's gelding has only to revert to his previous form to be the one to beat in the Pin Point Recruitment Amateur Riders' Handicap.

Megan Nicholls, daughter of trainer Paul Nicholls, has made a good impression this season and has formed a good association with Swinbank horses. Northside Prince could be another winner for her.

Recent winner Perfect Words (7.45), considered capable of improvement by Stillington trainer Marjorie Fife now that she has successfully undergone a breathing operation, and La Havrese (8.15), a winner on this course ten days ago, are two others to consider.


Newcastle today
2.00 Midnight Destiny, 2.30 Mr McLaren, 3.00 Summer Times, 3.35 Syros, 4.10 Dreaming Beauty, 4.40 Shades Of Silk, 5.10 Dartrix.

Catterick today
5.40 Northside Prince, 6.10 Frosty Times, 6.40 Izzthatright (NAP), 7.10 Magic Music Man, 7.45 Perfect Words, 8.15 La Havrese.

Today's other meetings
Newbury, Newmarket and Nottingham.

Tomorrow's meetings
Chester, Doncaster, Lingfield, Market Rasen, Newbury, Newmarket, Perth and Ripon.