Smart Stat: 3 - Sir Michael Stoute's number of winners in past 10 runnings
Queen Power made a good impression when making a winning debut at this track in 2018, and proved herself useful last season, though not reaching the heights that were expected. However, she is just the type Sir Michael Stoute will excel with, a rather unfurnished filly who will progress with age. This looks a good renewal of the Pretty Polly, but Stoute has his horses in good order, and Queen Power could make marked improvement as a four-year-old.
Smart Stat: 36% - John Gosden's strike rate at NEWCASTLE since the start of the 2016 season
Royal Line remains lightly raced for a six-year-old, and proved himself smart on the all-weather as well as on turf when winning the September Stakes at Kempton last season. Following that win, Royal Line also proved his stamina for this trip when finishing third in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on his next start. It is best to forgive his final start, where he clearly was amiss, and if back to his best, he will be bang in the mix, over a track and trip that will suit him down to the ground.
Smart Stat: 21% - Hugo Palmer's strike rate at NEWCASTLE since the start of the 2016 season
Smart Stat: £33.01 - Hugo Palmer's profit to a £1 level stake with horses running after a break
This looks a hot race, and Palace Pier is rightly a short-priced favourite given the impression he has made on both of his starts. However, the stats point in the direction of Acquitted, and he could offer some value against the favourite. Acquitted won two of his three starts last season, and won with more authority than the head margin suggests at Newbury on his final start. That form looks strong and, a tall colt, Acquitted should have even more to offer as a three-year-old.