Notebook



 

Racing Hub Notebook – our team of writers on horses and rides which caught the eye


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Circoloco Sunday 17 July Redcar 3.15

Gorak  Sunday 17 JulyRedcar 3.50


1 July Beverley 6.23 –  California Gem well under her penalty and could be worth trying in listed company

Gary Sears

26 June Curragh 1.40 – Proud And Regal showed signs of inexperience but was nevertheless a pleasing winner of this seven furlong maiden, running on inside the final furlong to score by three-quarters-of-a-lenghth. There should be more to come.

Mike Deasy

22 June Kempton 6.20 – Roar Emotion travelled strongly but couldn’t get a run through before apparently finishing well. Could be one for nurseries

Gary Sears

24 June  Newmarket  5.15 –  Royal Dress was unlucky, repeatedly denied a clear run before finishing well. Is bred to improve a lot over further

Gary Sears

11 June Worcester 8.00 – Mr Craftsman has shown glimpses of ability in point-to-points and improved hugely on a mediocre hurdles debut. He is likely to be a bit of a slow burner but the stable methodology is to have a punt on such horses in Exeter handicap hurdles.

Simon McInnes

10 June Goodwood 7.45 – Percy Jones had shown promise as a 2yo and again here on reappearance, travelling strongly. Just the sort Morrison will do well with

Gary Sears

3 June Doncaster 5.33 –  Lebsayer wasn’t fancied on 3rd run and again wasn’t knocked about and should show considerable improvement when handicapping over 10f

Gary Sears

31 May Newbury 2.10  –  Prairie Chief was very promising on debut, not getting a clear run but keeping on strongly without being knocked about. Should make more than normal improvement

Gary Sears

21 May Goodwood 2.50 – Secret Shadow is an improving 4yo who goes well in the mud. Travelled strongly and could well be up to listed level by the end of the season

Gary Sears

19 May 7.45 7.45 Sandown – Findono  is a very lightly raced 4yo, said by his trainer to be one who who will improve through the season. Ran really well and could prove useful

Gary Sears

22 May Fakenham 1.50 – A period in the doldrums has seen Rebel Royal tumble into class 5 level racing and two of his autumn runs hinted that the losing streak was near to an end. Six months break might have found him out this time had he made it round, but he was a definitely still a contender here when hitting the deck three out.

Simon McInnes

11 May York 1.50 – Just Fine shaped really well on reappearance and has the scope to improve again as a 4yo – one for a big handicap

Gary Sears

8 May 2022, Plumpton 4.30 – After a promising start in bumpers and novice hurdles, Sambezi found his career drifting away from him over the winter. He had a wind op, made a respectable return from it and here was runner-up behind a horse that had looming in on a win and ahead of one that won over course and distance last time. The handicap mark is currently quite convenient too.

Simon McInners

7 May Ascot 1.45 –  True Courage travelled well for a long way before weakening, almost certainly in need of the run. Relishes fast ground and one for a decent handicap

Gary Sears

1 May 4.21 Hamilton 4.21 – Cubana Habana won in the style of a horse with plenty more to come and should do well in northern handicaps

Gary Sears

23 April 2.20 Ripon – King Triton  ran as though needing the run and being lightly raced should improve and do well in northern handicaps

Gary Sears

16 April Newbury 1.50 – Stowell was a bit keen on reappearance but kept on nicely and up in trip is well capable of winning something decent

Gary Sears

9 April Thirsk 4.30 – Positive Force shaped really well on debut, keeping on despite seemingly racing on the slower part of the track. Should improve a fair bit

Gary Sears

1 April Southwell 6.10 – Op It looked very green and after getting outpaced midrace stayed on strongly. One for handicaps over further

Gary Sears

3 March Plumpton 4.15 – In his previous run, a handicap debut, Wild Wilbur stepped up in distance to three miles and flopped completely. This time he was a game second to an in-form opponent of proven stamina, and relished the 3m1f race duration. There will be easier opportunities to be found in the coming months and his limited experience so far gives hope for more improvement.

Simon McInnes

 

27 March Doncaster 2.35 – Hulton Ranger was quite well beaten in the end but travelled ok and should improve when tackling moderate handicaps

Gary Sears

16 March Huntingdon 3.10 – After showing a little bit in one of his novice hurdles, Systemic fell late in his handicap debut (cheekpieces added) when competing for a place. With a clear round this time he found one too good for him, and that horse, who pounced on the run-in was winning his third handicap hurdle on the bounce. Things should pan out better for Systemic soon.

Simon McInnes

12 March 4.16 Hereford 4.16  – Holly Hartingo  clearly found this too sharp and can confirm her promise back up in trip

Gary Sears

5 March 2.55 Doncaster 2.55 – Malystic was having his first run for a while and still travelling strongly when unseating. One for a decent handicap

Gary Sears

8 February Plumpton 1.50 – After starting his career with admirably consistent competitiveness, Baddesley was off of his game this time. However, he had reportedly been forced out of his usual work routine by a niggle or two, so normal service can be resumed shortly.

Simon McInnes

28 February Plumpton 3.00 – Hailing from a yard that recently managed to get off of the dreaded cold list, Invincible Cave came into this with a record of seven runs and four wins on going that is heavy (including one soft to heavy in Ireland) and just one success in 30 tries on anything else. Therefore fifth of 10 on good to soft was not at all bad and the weather is implying he is not done yet for finding heavy ground this spring.

Simon McInnes

22 February Market Rasen 3.20 –  Edmond Dantes seemed to enjoy the switch to fences, travelling and jumping well to see off an in form rival. Starts from the mark of a modest horse but is much better than that.

Gary Sears

11 February Kempton 4.05 – Even before the race started  The Hollow Ginge had challenges. He has only ever won on soft or heavy ground (this was good, good to soft in places) and after a notably longer break than the four weeks prior to this. It got worse when a faller badly hampered him at fence 14 but he was coaxed home for a respectable fourth place. With his rating just below the last one from which he was successful and maybe heading down a few more pounds, there should be a winnable race out there soon.

Simon McInnes

8 February Taunton 1.15 – Norton Hill found this too sharp but was keeping on strongly at the finish. Has plenty of stamina in his pedigree and could improve a fair bit when stepped up in trip

Gary Sears

5 February Wetherby 12.50 – Cockney Beau was back off a long break but travelled well for a long way before tiring. Can pick up a handicap off his present mark

Gary Sears

28 January  1.15 Doncaster – King D’Argent was dropped in the weights again after this but shaped as if retaining plenty of ability, keeping on without being knocked about. One for a decent handicap.

Gary Sears

18 January Exeter 2.10  – Keplerian had shown promise previously and did so again here, keeping on without being knocked about. One for handicaps over further.

Gary Sears

11 January  Doncaster 2.15 –  Moriko De Vassy travelled strongly under his penalty and did well to pick up to win after a last flight error. Should make a decent handicapper at least

Gary Sears

3 January, Plumpton 12.08 – With some ability shown in Irish bumpers, and a non-embarrassing place in a typically valueless Lingfield one on stable debut,  Hara Kiri was an interesting participant in this two mile novice hurdle. His hurdling was fluent enough this time, but he was given a very sedate ride once serious involvement was no longer an option. Significant improvement is possible.

Simon McInnes

26 December Wincanton 12.53 – Fortunes Melody travelled strongly for a long way before weakening, possibly a non stayer at the trip. Worth looking out for back at two miles.

Gary Sears

15 December 12.50 – Hipop Des Ongrais travelled well for a long way and didn’t seem to be knocked about up the straight. Looked to have ability and has been given a mark of 92 which could prove lenient

Gary Sears

21 December Plumpton 3.05:  Cheque En Blanc was running for the first time in eight months, and coming back from a break has never seen him at his best. Good ground and only three miles and a furlong was also a combination against him. His third place was encouraging enough to watch out for him in the new year when it gets a bit wetter.

Simon McInnes

20 December Lingfield 1.30: At the last fence the race had fallen apart and was set to be decided between two horses from out of form yards who had attitude questions to answer even in better times. Being a class above his rival allowed Colonel Keating to prevail, but will he opt to repeat the experience? The suspicion is that he will not.

Simon McInnes

13 December Plumpton 12.30 –  With a penalty for a Huntingdon win on better ground to deal with and probably better opposition here, Any Given Sunday was the subject of what will not turn out to be the hardest four minutes work of his career. He is better than a 30 lengths loss and fifth place on this occasion indicates.

Simon McInnes

 

13 December Plumpton 2.30 – As the field cleared the third last hurdle, Lusitanien looked to be ideally positioned to get involved in the shake-up but with no effort coming from the saddle, he just gradually drifted out of contention, ending up seventh. It appeared vert much like an exercise in reducing his handicap mark, which was not obviously harsh on 99.

Simon McInners

7 December Uttoxeter 1.30 – Gustavian travelled and jumped well on chase debut and kept on nicely. Should make a decent handicapper and goes well on heavy ground

Gary Sears

22 November Ayr 2.10 – Royal Arcade showed promise as a novice hurdler last season and did so again here on chase debut, jumping ok and keeping on over an inadequate trip. Has the scope to improve a fair bit

Gary Sears

20 November Gowran Park 1.03 – Rebel Gold travelled strongly for a long way and still had a chance when coming down 3 out. All his wins have been at 2 miles and could be one for a decent handicap

Gary Sears

16 November Lingfield 12.55 – Winner Timeless Beauty had this race at her mercy once over the second last fence, which was an amazing transformation as she really struggled descending the hill and seemed at one stage to have lost her place irretrievably. Therefore a big improvement is possible when kept to a level course.

Simon McInnes

16 November Lingfield  2.05 –All of Pemberley’s (second) previous finishes in the first three had been on level, right-handed tracks and he did not appear to be quite as match fit as most of the opposition, coming here after an eleven month break. A pretty encouraging return behind impressive winner Fantastikas.

Simon McInnes

16 November Lingfield 2.40 – Sheldon (third): On ground a bit better than he excelled with previously, the yard in slightly quiet form and a seven month absence to defy, he ran well to be prominent throughout and then only fade from the last hurdle. He has the build to be a chaser, hopefully the skills will match.

Simon McInnes

6th November  Aintree  1.40 –  Hooligan travelled really strongly before not getting home, seemingly needing the run. When his stable clicks into gear is well up to winning something similar

Gary Sears

4th November Newbury 3.05 –  Valleres  jumped well on chase debut and should come on plenty for the experience. Will make a decent handicapper at least.

Gary Sears

31 October Carlisle 12.50 – Killer Kane jumped really well on chase debut and should come on a fair bit for the run. Very promising.

Gary Sears

31 October Carlisle 2.00 –  Silver Hallmark was giving away weight all round and got caught a bit wide so did well and looks the sort for a decent handicap.

Gary Sears

18 October Plumpton 4.15 – Having his first run for six months and from a yard whose only recent success had been a Kempton specialist visiting his home from home, Alborkan put in quite a solid return, only four lengths off of second place. A step up to two and a half miles would not be discouraging.

Simon McInnes

17 October Kempton 1.30 – Making his chase debut and having the first run after wind surgery, Light N Strike jumped soundly and had very active chance until the winner (who had two decent runs over fences under his belt) dashed away from the second last. He should be able to find races that he can illuminate.

Simon McInnes

17 October Kempton 2.40 – Goa Lil found a balloon of a jump at the last causing a loss by a nose to a horse winning his fourth Kempton chase. The evidence from a few tries over fences is that Goa Lil will make more than his fair share of errors and is not a snip to get compensation imminently.

Simon McInnes

16 October  Ffos Las 4.35 –  Dobryn ran well for a long way and wasn’t knocked about when beaten. Still lightly raced, he is worth a try over further.

Gary Sears

14 October Brighton 3.55 – Making his debut, Flamborough seemed to know what he was doing and ran a decent race over the switch-back track, finishing ¾l second to the fancied Breezy Storm, keeping on at the finish – will win a race.

Mike Deasy

9 October Newmarket 1.10 – Exminster didn’t seem to handle the track but kept on nicely. Has scope and presumably will be gelded so could make a useful handicapper next season

Gary Sears

8 October  Chepstow 2.45 – Up For Parol jumped really well out in front but seemingly failed to stay. Has pace and could be one for decent two-mile handicaps

Gary Sears

29 September Nottingham 2.00 – Yarralumla looked a nice filly beforehand and shaped well not being knocked about. Bred to improve a fair bit at 10f

Gary Sears

22 September Redcar 2.00 – King’s Crusader made a promising debut, keeping on strongly. Should improve and will be suited by further

Gary Sears

18 September Newbury 3.25 – Aramaic got away lightly with a 7lb rise for last time. This looked an insufficient test and he could win a decent handicap at 12f

Gary Sears

2 September Salisbury 2.00 – Good American has plenty of scope and won this with a bit in hand. No surprise if she is up to running in something better

Gary Sears

3 September Ascot 1.20 – Comfortably won by Khanjar but rattling home in second place was 80/1 shot Stubble Field who came from well off the pace a furlong from home to make an encouraging debut and sure to have more to offer

Mike Deasy

29 August Beverley 1.55 – Although beaten a fair way Fylde Coast seemed to have plenty of running left in him at the end and should improve

Gary Sears

27 August Hamilton 5.10 – Quite liked the way Gorak kept on and looked the sort to improve when handicapping. Plenty of stamina on dams side

Gary Sears

Friday 27 August Ffos Las 1.55: The notable White Birch Farm and Fittocks Stud owned colt Out From Under produced a promising debut effort when fifth in a large field on heavy ground at Sandown but his second run especially caught the eye. The son of Dubawi showed good speed from the stalls and settled well on the good going at Ffos Las. Trevor Whelan did not ask for everything and gradually allowed the colt to made smooth headway. He drifted inside the final furlong and was relegated from passing the post in front into second.  With a good pedigree he is open to plenty of progress and with the notable connections is an interesting two-year-old.

Kyle Merrick

21 August Chester 2.10:  Yesyes did really well considering how wide she raced and was game in the finish. Well up to Group class

Gary Sears

5 August Redcar 2.30 –  Willard Grove showed promise on debut, a bit green but sticking to his task. The others drawn in double figures all finished tailed so even more meritorious and should improve a fair bit

Gary Sears

4 August 1.35 Bath 1.35 – Prop Forward looks a scopey sort and was impressive, really picking up in the last 2 furlongs. Looks well up to listed class at least

Gary Sears

4 August Bath 2.45 – Ammaat is improving and despite the pace picking up a fair way out, looked to record a fast last two furlongs. Looks plenty more to come

Gary Sears

31 July Goodwood 2.30 – Considering he is better on decent ground, Aaddeey ran really well and, when things are back in his favour ,can win a big handicap. Is in the Ebor.

Gary Sears

23 July Ascot 3.35 – Soho Sizzler was given too much to do and can win something similar 

Gary Sears

21 July Leicester  5.35 – Mine’s A Double was impressive, showing fine pace and winning with plenty in hand. Worth a try in something better 

Gary Sears

16 July Newbury 1.00: Debutant Bayside Boy was an emphatic winner of this 7f contest after a slow start but stamped his authority on the race after beginning his challenge 2f from home, and taking the lead inside the final furlong and going away at the finish – there’s surely more to come

Mike Deasy

8 July Carlisle 5.00 – Innse Gall was eye catching, never put in the race over a trip a bit short for him and kept widest of all up the straight. Sure he can win a handicap

Gary Sears

7 July Lingfield 2.45 – Makinitup looked to have a bit of scope and saw her race out nicely despite being a bit wide. A bit of a bunched finish so might get a fair mark

Gary Sears

2 July Sandown 2.20 – Fearby won on the turf at the first time of asking and added this Listed 5f race, doing it in style having taken the lead before the final furlong and ran on at the finish – will win more races.

Mike Deasy

29 June Roscommon  4.40 – Once Upon A River showed promise on debut (two that beat him have won since) and looked useful here, winning in what looks a fair time. Could be interesting stepped up in class

Gary Sears

18 June Market Rasen 2.50: Zara’s Universe – after having shown only the most minor promise in one of her bumper and novice hurdle runs, it was notable that for her handicap debut in the bottom tier, cheekpieces were added. She ran quite well to be second, and just might have been fighting to the line but for a couple of indifferent jumps late on. Not much improvement is needed and mares only hurdles should be a touch less challenging.

Simon McInnes

18 June Market Rasen 4.00: Representing a yard in flying form, Staple Head made the running, but had been headed by Imperial Acolyte when that horse slithered to the ground at the third last. From there he did his best to lose, jumping the last two poorly and flashing his tail with some passion. The placed horses could not take advantage – combined they have no wins from 37 races – and Staple Head would be a horse to take on in the immediate future. 

Simon McInnes

17 June Ascot 5.35: Nagano had to be ridden early in the King George V Handicap and needed an early reminder. He was going well when becoming the meat in a sandwich two out. He is fairly inexperienced but will have learnt a lot from running in a big field.

Gary McKenzie

17 June Ascot 5.00: Dubai Honour was probably drawn on the “wrong side” but did well to finish fourth in the Britannia. I like the way he stayed on strongly late on. Hopefully the handicapper doesn’t raise him too high.

Gary McKenzie

14 June  Gowran 5.00 – Ottoman Empire made the running and still looked green but really saw his race out strongly. Should improve a fair bit at 12f and looks useful. Jockey said he relished the decent ground

Gary Sears

11 June York 1.40: Circoloco travelled nicely and kept on without being knocked about. Should get an extra furlong and can pick up a northern maiden

Gary Sears

9 June Fontwell 3.20: Hunting Percival took a big step up in trip to 3m2f for this and was outstayed by Khan, a former German Group 1 flat winner who had gained a tongue tie for this. Something in the 2m6f to 3m range should suit him perfectly as he was quick enough to win a two mile novice hurdle last summer.

Simon McInnes

27 May Carlisle 6.05 – Aleezdancer looked useful at Beverley and confirmed that under a penalty, travelling and winning nicely. Could be underestimated if going to Ascot

Gary Sears

23 May Fakenham 4.45 – Dynamite Kentucky was Hexham bumper winner and also successful in a couple of points, so two miles did appear to be a touch on the short side for him to make his hurdles debut. Quite keen at the start, he crashed through the first and settled down in midfield as a consequence. From three out he stayed on heartily but lacked the nippiness of the winner. A step up in trip will probably be most convenient.

Simon McInnes

23 May Fakenham 1.55 – Rebel Leader moved through to seriously challenge the hat trick seeking Tommie Beau at the second last, but did not see out the race as well as some others and finished fifth. However, he had not run for seven months and in the time off had a wind operation and a change of trainer, so progress is possible both in fitness and confidence. And in the circumstances is a three and a half lengths loss really that terrible anyway?

Simon McInnes

23 May Fakenham 5.20 – Roar won in his flat days at Carlisle on soft going, yet he had stuck to billiard table flat tracks over jumps before this and got his only success on good to firm. These different conditions were no problem but he was, however, quite awkward bypassing the final hurdle, either being desperate to jump it or not happy going all out into the fairly small gap to be negotiated between it and the final fence. It does mean that he was value for a little more than the four lengths margin at the line.

Simon McInnes

17 May Carlisle 1.00 – El Caballo looked useful, travelling and winning with plenty of hand. Has scope and could be underestimated up in class.

Gary Sears

14 May  Newmarket 1.35 – ldoapologise travelled ok out wide but didn’t get home on ground he doesn’t like. Does win and when the ground quickens up can pick up a northern handicap

Gary Sears

23 April  Sandown 3.35 – Trawlerman found this an insufficient test and could be one for the Queens Vase

Gary Sears

16 April Newbury 2.50 – Beautiful Bertie did ok considering things went against him and may get dropped a couple of pounds. Definitely needs at least a mile.

Gary Sears

15 April Newcastle 6.25 – Second Slip is lightly raced and has plenty of scope. Stayed on well here in a race not run to suit and is probably on a fair mark.

Gary Sears

13 April Newmarket 1.35 – Forca Brasil, a two-year-old chestnut Cotai Glory colt, made a winning debut in good style over 5f at Newmarket in a Class 4 novice event on quick ground. Notable breeding connections to sprinters and the trainer (George Boughey) does well with this age group. One to keep in mind.

Kyle Merrick

12 April Windsor 2.40 – Has shown signs of greeness in three starts (two as a juvenile), but Evaluation was running on well from 2f out in this 1m2f contest and when the penny drops should have a win in him.

Mike Deasy

11 April Leopardstown 3.45 – Isle Of Sark got well back but kept on well and looked very promising. US bred so may not want soft ground 

Gary Sears

2 April Newcastle 4.00 – Liked the way Napper Tandy picked up early in the straight and then saw his race out strongly. Should make a decent handicapper.

Gary Sears

29 March Wolverhampton 8.20 – Oceanline had little chance after being hampered at the start and did well, staying on without being knocked about. Bred to improve a lot at 10f+.

Gary Sears

31 March Kempton 4.05 – Aye Catcher – Definite signs of some ability on her debut, when a staying on fourth behind Thunder Love without her jockey Laura Pearson being too hard on her. Cost 42,000 gns as a yearling and should be able to recover some of that purchase price over the coming months. Should also be suited by a sixth furlong.

Doug Campbell

17 March  Cheltenham 1.55 – The way things panned out with Monkfish every chance Eklat De Rire would have won – travelled strongly on this better ground and 66-1 for next years Gold Cup looks more than fair

Gary Sears

12th March Gowran 4.30 – Uncompetitive but Full Time Score, typically for one of Henry De Bromhead’s,jumped beautifully and interesting he is entered in a Grade 1 at Punchestown in anticipation of him doing this. Obviously very highly regarded.

Gary Sears

4 March Southwell 1.40 – Bearaway travelled best but was a bit green (not helped by being hit with rivals whip). Promising and might be better at 7f

Gary Sears

3 March Kempton 6.20 – Admittedly just off the TV in the paddock, Rebel Territory looked a nice horse and showed plenty of ability, making good headway wide on the bend. Could improve a fair bit

Gary Sears

17 February Hereford 2.30 – Equas Dreamer was a bit keen but travelled well and saw his race out to beat another promising horse. Looks useful and in time will make a chaser

Gary Sears

13 February Lingfield 3.10 – Amsby showed promise last season and again here, caught very wide on the bend but keeping on nicely. Bred to improve at 12 furlongs and can find a moderate handicap

Gary Sears

22 January Lingfield 2.05 – Easy To Dream had shown little form in three starts as a juvenile in 2020 and underwent wind surgery in the Autumn. Ran a respectable staying-on seventh behind Bungledupinblue over six furlongs at Lingfield – beaten just three lengths, on her handicap debut following an absence of 126 days. Hopefully there will be more to come in the coming weeks and maybe up to finding a small race.

Doug Campbell

13 January 2.50 Naas – On Eagles Wings  had plenty of experience in bumpers but looked much better over hurdles, seeing his race out and winning with a bit in hand. Fair chance he’ll be sold and could prove very useful

Gary Sears

12 January 12.30 Wetherby – Phantomoftheoscar – Lightly raced 6yo who showed improved form when a fifteen and a half lengths third to easy winner Dreams Of Home. The form doesn’t amount to a great deal but it was a step in the right direction, and he can be found a small race in the future – possibly when sent handicapping.

Doug Campbell

12 January 1.10 Lingfield –  The Hulk, a three-year-old gelding trained by George Boughey, made a winning debut at Lingfield on the all-weather. Showed good early pace from the stalls and demonstrated a good attitude in the home straight when having to duel for the win. It may only be a small margin victory but could be open to improvement.

Kyle Merrick

9 January 12.35 Kempton – Slipway travelled and kept on well. Will hopefully continue to improve 

Gary Sears

6 January 1.15 Wolverhampton:  Diligent Harry produced a perfect start to his career when winning on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in great style. Broke well and showed good early pace and never saw a rival to make all the running over six furlongs in a class five maiden event. A good attitude in the final furlong. One to keep in mind.

Kyle Merrick

3 January 3.15 Southwell: The British Lion last won a year ago, but came from last to second here when the winner, Momtalik, had flown, and may soon follow up with a win

Mike Deasy

29 December  12.12 Kelso – Deluxe Range travelled well and saw his race out strongly. Should continue to improve for his excellent trainer

Gary Sears

29 December  12.55 Newbury – Blarney Bateleur showed a bit on debut and again here and interesting to see what sort of mark she gets, probably after another run

Gary Sears

26 December 2.45 Wincanton – Southfield Harvest travelled and kept on well. Gets further and has plenty of improvement to come 

Gary Sears

18 December 11.30 Navan –  Fils D’Oudairies travelled well and saw his race out strongly. Could be underestimated when going up in class

Gary Sears

12 December 11.50 Doncaster – Jack Sharp shaped well on his belated debut, travelling well and keeping on nicely. Quite well bred and looks promising

Gary Sears

5 December 12.05 Sandown – Hudson De Grugy – One of two from the Gary Moore yard on the second day of the Tingle Creek meeting, running with encouragement in the opener under Joshua Moore. Setting the pace and jumping well on UK hurdles debut, could be interesting in the longer term. 

Kyle Merrick

5 December 12.40 Sandown – Golden Boy Grey – This time it was Jamie Moore who rode for his father, the second of two newcomers  on the day who went one place better than stablemate Hudon De Grugy to take the novice hurdle. Jumping was good enough on first outing over hurdles but it was his finishing head down determination that caught the eye. 

Kyle Merrick

2 December 12.35 Lingfield – A promising debut by Secret Shadow, who could not close down easy winner Mystical Air but was running on at the end to take second place and looks a future winner for Andrew Balding

Mike Deasy

26 November 3.03 Lingfield – Tequila Blaze travelled really well and but for hitting the last would have given the useful winner something to think about – should do well

Gary Sears

18 November 1.30 Warwick – The Glancing Queen jumped really well and was impressive. Hopefully make it to the Festival and could give the Henderson/Mullins/Nicholls battalions something to think about

Gary Sears

6 November Newcastle 5.00: Hong Kong Harry remained unbeaten at Newcastle on the all-weather. Travelled very well over the seven-furlong trip when catching the eye in the final three especially.  Looks a promising three-year-old for the Richard Fahey team. 

Kyle Merrick

1 November Carlisle 2.40: Imperial Aura has the distinction of winning the now jettisoned novices’ handicap at the Cheltenham Festival, but any suggestion that that was a fluke and further Festival success was unlikely was well and truly dispelled with a stylish victory in the Listed Colin Parker Intermediate Chase, getting home by two-and-a-half lengths. Bigger prizes look a distinct possibility.

Mike Deasy

30 October Uttoxeter 12.15:  It will be disappointing if Fulgurix fails to get off the mark over the winter months, judging by his fourth placed effort behind Ulverston on his British debut. Looking as if the outing would bring him on, and travelling somewhat keenly he had little left to offer in the latter stages, and was beaten a total of seven-and-a-half-lengths. That was his first run since his only start in his native France some ten months earlier, when finishing a length-and-a-half runner-up in a 4yo hurdle at Pau. Acts well with plenty of give and stays at least two and a half miles.

Doug Campbell

29 October Lingfield 3.15: Jacinth kept the promising record in tact in classy style on the all-weather at Lingfield with the actual winning margin of five-lengths not doing justice after overcoming a wide draw. Looked eye catching and could be interesting for the Haggas stable.

Kyle Merrick

28 October Fakenham 2.02: Making her hurdling debut after some respectable runs on the Flat without troubling the judge, Isayalittleprayer suggested some ability over jumps with a third-place finish after making a couple of early mistakes. She made up some ground to get the place and she should benefit from the experience to give the syndicate owners some fun.

Mike Deasy

20 October Yarmouth 12.25: Skytree was quite green but kept on strongly and seemed to have plenty left. Could be lot more to come next year

Gary Sears

21 October 5.45 Kempton: Many of Richard Hannon’s can improve for a run, and that should certainly be the case with Malathaat. This nicely bred daughter of Frankel was near clueless from the stalls, missing the kick and needing to be scrubbed along to get in contention. She then travelled ok – but trapped wide until turning for home, straightening up for the run to the line she found little and it was soon obvious that she wouldn’t take a hand in the outcome and Jim Crowley was far from hard on her. She should know more in the future, whether she has another outing this year remains to be seen, but there should be races won with her at three for sure. She’s a half sister to the two times Group 3 winner Broome (by Australia) trained by Aiden O’Brien and should stay around ten furlongs in time.

Doug Campbell

14 October 1.30 Nottingham: Mrs Fitzherbert Making her racecourse debut, this daughter of Kingman put in a pleasing display to finish third behind the very promising and nicely bred Noon Star from the Sir Michael Stoute stable. Travelling nicely after being slightly slowly away, she tracked the eventual winner, but was tapped for toe around the two furlong pole. She stuck to her task well nonetheless, and was beaten three and three quarter lengths in total, and only half-a-length behind the runner up Ocean Road. She should benefit greatly from the experience, and may well be found a winning opportunity this term, however looking ahead to next season is where I see more progression. Mrs Fitzherbert will have no trouble staying ten furlongs and should make up into a nice handicapper in time.

Doug Campbell

6 October 3 40 Lingfield: Sir Maxi made a very promising debut win in a nursery handicap, winning with something in hand and the Ralph Beckett trained colt looks likely to add to his earnings

Mike Deasy

24 September Pontefract:  Arthur Norse travelled ok and kept on, his jockey just doing enough to secure the best possible placing. Should make a decent northern handicapper.

Gary Sears

17 September Yarmouth: Carrying a penalty,  Ville De Grace came up against a useful debutant and ran really well. trying hard. Bred to improve a fair bit at seven-fulrongs plus she could be one for a classic trial next year.

Gary Sears

2 September Hexham: Melody Of Scotland was travelling nicely and was a half-length second at the final flight and challenging for the lead when she blundered and pecked on landing to lose her chance, finishing third by two-and-one-quarter lengths. Looks sure to win a race at some point.

Mike Deasy

1 September Kempton: Uncle Bryn required sat-nav navigation when racing in rear when on debut at Kempton. Almost 10 lengths off the leader with three furlongs to go. However this two-year-old colt had the perfect trip and drew clear in eye-catching style. A good turn of foot and with a name that maybe some will recognise, an interesting runner for John Gosden to bear in mind. 

Kyle Merrick

25 August Yarmouth: Warren Rose made a very pleasing belated debut at Yarmouth when scoring by just under two lengths over a mile, beating the Sir Michael Stoute trained Areehaa. Back in fourth place – some three and a half lengths off the winner was an 85 rated performer of John Gosden’s, so it looks a pretty decent effort indeed. More to come hopefully in the latter stages of an interrupted season, and possibly even some Black Type placing to enhance her future paddock value.

Doug Campbell

18 August Beverley: Roman Encounter found herself well back but travelled powerfully and picked up in the style of a useful filly – could well be up to Listed class

Gary Sears

18 August Fontwell: Chapmanshype scored once again in impressive style in a class two contest. Showed good speed down the back straight with four-furlongs to go to take the lead and then did not see another rival. Six wins in 12 runs including a class one at Punchestown on debut. This six-year-old loves Fontwell and is definitely worth a second look in future. Especially at the Sussex track. 

Kyle Merrick

13 August Hamilton: Throne Hall was an impressive winner of the 4.20 1m 1f maiden at Hamilton for Kevin Ryan. It looked a strong race and Throne Hall was coming off a 12-month layoff. This horse is open to plenty of improvement, perhaps stepped up in trip.

Whistlejacket

10 August Leicester: Obtuse – Yet to get off the mark in his first four starts, but ran quite well today despite only finishing sixth of the eight runners. Beaten a shade under two lengths in total doesn’t really tell the full story as Obtuse twice appeared short of room during the final two furlongs. A clearer passage is likely to have seen him finish in the frame at least, and he looks to possess enough ability to pick up a nursery over seven furlongs or so from his current mark before the season is through.

Doug Campbell

8 August Cartmel: Naizagai A useful maiden on the flat for Roger Varian, got off the mark at the first time of asking over hurdles for Fergal O’Brien when making all for a three and a half lengths success at Cartmel – beating Global Agreement, with a further 18 lengths back in third place to the David Pipe trained To Fly Free. It didn’t look the strongest of races, but Naizagai did it well enough to suggest that he could be up to running up a sequence. Looks a good buy for his new connections.

Doug Campbell

7 August Tipperary – Mateo Cruz looked very straightforward and won with a bit in hand. Could well prove up to Listed/Group class

Gary Sears

24 July Newton Abbot: Beat The Judge scored at the second time of asking over fences at Newton Abbot where the jumping department appeared impressive. A fairly close eighth in the Country Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 and former listed placed five year old is an interesting novice chaser especially this summer as he seems to prefer quick ground at flat tracks. 

Kyle Merrick

23 July Sandown: Impulsive One Poorly drawn and an unconsidered 25/1 chance on debut, but performed better than the odds suggested to finish fifth of the thirteen runners – beaten a shade under eight lengths behind the surprise winner Etonian in what appeared a fair Maiden. He never looked like threatening the principals that day, but should come on for the experience and be found winnable opportunities before the season is through. May well appreciate a step up to a mile as well.

Doug Campbell

23 July Sandown: This looked a useful staying handicap and the relatively inexperienced Postileo did well, widest of all up the straight, running a bit green and looking as though he could show more than average improvement.

Gary Sears

22 July Yarmouth: Praised for William Haggas and Cheveley Park Stud made eye-catching progress on debut after missing break. Will know more next time and should be ready to win.

Whistlejacket

18 July Haydock: Space Walk is an improving four year old who scored at Haydock for the second time on 18 July over 1m6f. He has a big stride and staying is the name of the game with him. He likes the rain as he powered on well and maybe worth bearing in mind in future staying handicaps, especially on soft going. 

Kyle Merrick

17 July Limerick – Trusted Ally ran a race full of promise on his debut at Limerick over six-and-a-half-furlongs, finishing a nose and a neck third behind Giorgio Vasari and Alex D, in what is likely to prove an above average Maiden. Improvement looks almost assured with experience , and he is one to keep a close eye on in the coming months. Should have no trouble staying at least a mile.

Doug Campbell

17 July Limerick: Himalayan Beauty – Making her debut, this daughter of The Gurkha was held up towards the rear, racing a little green. But ran on fairly well in the home straight to finish four and a half lengths sixth behind the Aiden O’Brien trained Finest. It was an eyecatching effort over six and a half furlongs and should stay up to a mile as a juvenile. Sure to be placed to good effect in similar company.

Doug Campbell

15 July Yarmouth – North Point has been withdrawn on fast ground before but was allowed to take his chance here and did ok, not being knocked about after finding trouble in running. Has the scope to progress through the season and should make a decent handicapper.

Gary Sears

11 July Leopardstown – Toshizou – a son of Galileo out of a Listed placed mare over six furlongs. Put up an encouraging debut, held up and travelling quite well until being caught a little flat footed as they turned for home. Toshizou finished to some effect inside the final furlong, finishing third – a head and a length behind the useful looking Masen and 66/1 longshot Charterhouse. That run was over seven furlongs, and he should come on for the experience and find a similar race within his capabilities. Toshizou should have no trouble staying an extra furlong either.

Doug Campbell

28 June Newmarket – Concessions (Empress Fillies Stakes). Probably  an obvious one but she was all over the place midway through the race. Finished well to get second behind what looks a very nice filly.

Gary McKenzie

28 June 28 June  Daark Lady (Carnarvon Stakes) missed the break almost coming out sideways. Made some progress close home but looked after when beaten. First run of the season and also since wind surgery so should hopefully come on for thatGary McKenzie

13 June Sandown – The Gill Brothers  tends to be a bit keen in his races and was again here but shaped well. Lightly raced for a 4 year old and with plenty of scope to continue to improve he could be one for a decent handicap especially if reverting to the all weather.

Gary Sears

3 June Kempton – Han Solo Berger is a five-year-old who has been gradually progressing in class recently and has started this summer is flying form. A hard fought win at Kempton was backed up on the turf at Newmarket. A consistent horse who may have a super summer ahead. And if not all-weather, he would be intriguing during the winter months. 

Kyle Merrick

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