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Impulsive One Wednesday 21 October Newmarket 2.45

Obtuse Wednesday 21 October Kempton 4.40


16 October 1.50 Uttoxeter: Minella Bobo always looked the type to make a better chaser and shaped really well after a long break, travelling and jumping well before getting tired. Should come on a fair bit 

Gary Sears

14 October 2.25 Wetherby: Sirwilliamwallace showed plenty on chasing debut, jumping well before weakening. Bred to stay well and should make a decent handicapper in time

Gary Sears

14 October 4.10 Wetherby: In line with most of the stable  Cracking Find was out of form last season but things seem better now. Ran well for a long way and is down to a very good mark

Gary Sears

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

11 October 1.10 Curragh: Sir Sedric travelled like a fair horse but didn’t get home. Could be interesting back in trip

Gary Sears

7 October 2.19 Sedgefield: Eau Top travelled ok but doesn’t stay 2m4f. One for a moderate handicap at the minimum trip

Gary Sears

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

1 October 12.50 Salisbury: Glide Down is USA bred so this ground may not have suited, but couldn’t have shaped any more promisingly, not being knocked about at all whilst running on. Looks a good horse

Gary Sears

27 September 1.00 Nottingham: Although a bit of a bunched finish Fabilis travelled best and is the type to improve further and make a useful handicapper.

Gary Sears

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

9 September Cork: Loch Lein travelled strongly and powered clear in the style of a good filly. Seemed to this faster ground and won’t be out of place if taking up her Cheveley Park entry.

Gary Sears

3 September Salisbury: Alcohol Free was caught wide and still a bit green when asked to pick up but finished strongly. Plenty of improvement to come and could reverse the form another time with the well regarded winner should they meet again. Likely to get a bit further as well.

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

28 August Newmarket: Man of Promise was easily best of these but was worn down on the soft ground which may not have suited given his American pedigree. Lightly raced he can win a decent prize.

Gary Sears

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

16 August Market Rasen: Guardia Top got far too aggressive a ride and not surprisingly didn’t get home. Jumped ok though and with her 4yo allowance can win races

Gary Sears

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

31 July Goodwood: Glass Slippers is running into form and given a bit of cut is well capable of giving Battaash plenty to think about, particularly in Paris if they both turn up for the Abbaye.

Gary Sears

31 July Galway: Rewritetherules seemed a long way out of his ground but travelled beautifully. Didn’t get home but all his form is on good ground and worth looking out for when conditions are in his favour

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

8 July Newbury – Exhibit didn’t have much chance racing on the unfavoured part of the track and did well in the circumstances. Has been dropped a couple of pounds and should be up to winning something similar

Gary Sears

4 July Haydock – Shouldering travelled strongly on debut and looked the sort to show more than average improvement

Gary Sears

29 June Windsor – Theotherside travelled strongly and was impressive in winning in what looked a good time. Only raised 6lb can progress through the handicap and not a surprise if she eventually makes into a stakes filly

Gary Sears

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 that. 

Gary McKenzie

18 June Ascot – Soffika is bred to stay well and this mile was too short for her but she kept on strongly and when upped in trip is likely to prove very useful especially given her trainers mastery with this type of filly.

Gary Sears

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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