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AVEC ROSE - July 27th - 2nd 9-4f
Richard Fahey has a very strong hand with his juveniles and this Tagula Rose filly will soon be adding to his impressive tally. The well backed 9-4f was rather run off her feet on the stands side, and only got going far too late in the day under Paul Hanagan. She finished really well to "win" the race on her side but found the impressive newcomer Fire Eyes already gone on the far rail. A step upto 6f or further will suit in time and she seems sure to do better.
THE TAJ - July 26th - Unplaced 5-2
Richard Hannon's Street Cry colt has now finished unplaced twice since making an impressive winning debut at Doncaster, but those defeats disguise a great deal of natural talent and he could be very much one to focus on now qualified for a mark if the trainer decides to go down the nursery route. He shaped well on unsuitably soft ground at Royal Ascot in the Coventry, and again travelled like the best horse in the race in a warm conditions event at Bath. Tadhg O'Shea was repeatedly blocked when trying to extricate himself from a pocket on the rails, and then found the pace collapsing on front of him as the winner Liber swept clear out wide. He finished full of running on the heels of the leaders and is very much one to follow, with the drying ground in his favour in the coming weeks.
COTTESMORE - July 25th - 2nd 8-1
Mark Johnston's yard has now emerged from a poor spell and all his horses are worth following now the wet spell seems to be over. His once raced 3-y-o emerged with plenty of credit in a fair all-weather maiden, hassling the 2-5f Mashaari from halfway and doing well to master that rival turning in, only denied close home by the more patiently ridden Zenaat. This was a huge step forward on a modest 7th on debut and he looks the type to carry on progressing when his stamina is drawn out further.
QUAROMA - July 24th - 3rd 9-2
Paul Midgeley has only had this 7-y-o for two runs now and he seems sure to be winning races judged on a close third in a fair Musselburgh handicap. The mare was travelling best on the heels of the leaders after halfway and looked the winner until getting squeezed out at the furlong pole, doing well to stick on in a tight finish behind the reliable Crimson Knot. The yard has done well with similar cast-offs and will be finding a race in the north before long, with drying ground in her favour.
DARK OCEAN - July 23rd - 2nd 16-1
A second to the ready 1-5f may look flattering on paper but there was a lot to like about Jedd O'Keefe's colt's running on runner-up effort. He had shown ability on his Redcar debut but stepped forward here, finishing strongly under hand riding without troubling the classy One Word More. A step upto a mile will suit in time and a northern maiden looks his for the taking if carrying on this upward curve.
ABRAQ - July 21st - Unplaced 40-1
Ed Dunlop's Danehill Dancer colt had showed nothing when tailed off on his debut at Pontefract first time out in testing ground, but stepped forward dramatically when catching the eye in fifth in a fair Newmarket maiden won by Al Waab. The 40-1 outsider was slowly away and soon in rear before picking up strongly from 2f out to finish a never nearer fifth, and appeals strongly as a candidate for nurseries with an emphasis on stamina in the coming weeks, with one more qualifying run required to get a mark.
DIAMINDA - July 20th - Won 4-1
Alan Jarvis has a very exciting prospect on his hands in this Diamond Green filly, who really impressed on her second start in winning a useful Ascot maiden. She was rather free under restraint from Jim Crowley tracking the leaders and didn't immediately get a clear run from halfway, however the response when she finally saw daylight was electric as she quickened smartly to assert. The form has a decent look to it with the well backed 5-6f Pearl Bell onepaced in third, and she could well be upto Group or Listed class in time.
DREAM CAST - July 19th - Unplaced 3-1
David Simcock's Refuse to Bend colt eventually finished well held behind the experienced 4-5f Super Simon in a modest Brighton maiden, but showed a great deal more than final margin of defeat suggests and is one to look out for dropped back to 5f next time. A slow start soon saw the 3-1 chance parked last on his debut, but he made very smooth headway to look the winner briefly over 2f out until his run was checked a few times and he eventually tired hitting the rising ground. He will come on a ton for the experience and his raw speed may best be served at the minimum distance for now.
GOLD EDITION - July 18th - 2nd 9-2
Jeremy Noseda's Mr Greeley colt had not been seen out since finishing a disappointing sixth on his debut 79 days earlier, but turned in a useful effort in second behind the very heavily backed newcomer Royal Empire. Ryan Moore set a decent pace on the first time visored 3-y-o and strung the field out when quickening clear coming down the hill, however he was reeled in at the distance by a winner who looks at least Listed class. This was a big step forward and he will be of interest when switched to the turf, where quick ground is always likely to be a prerequisite.
NO TIME TO CRY - July 17th - Unplaced 12-1
Ann Duffield's 3-y-o had slipped in the weights after failing to progress from a reasonably encouraging start to the campaign, but showed a good deal more on much faster ground with the first time visor fitted. This was only a low level Beverley handicap won by Forster Street, but the 12-1 chance would surely had gone close had he found a clear path earlier in the straight (going very strongly in rear but hemmed in until over 1f out). If conditions now start to firm up elsewhere he seems sure to shed his maiden tag at a reasonable price soon.
RASAMAN - July 16th - Unplaced 8-1
Jim Goldie is another yard in great form but he suffered some ill fortune with his reliable 8-y-o in a fair Ayr sprint. Graham Lee was late removing the hood for stalls entry when the gates opened, his mount losing around ten lengths and veering violently right. He was soon well in rear on the drying ground but fairly flew home from 2f out and can be counted a very unlucky loser. Ayr has never been a happy hunting ground for him and he always needs the cards to fall right given his "come from behind" style, but a similar handicap seems sure to come his way in the close future.
MASS RALLY - July 14th - 3rd 10-1
The Michael Dod's yard is certainly firing on all cylinders and this 5-y-o sprint handicapper should soon be adding to his tally judged on his third at Hamilton on Saturday night. Paul Mulrennan appeared very confident of victory as he sat motionless on the strong traveller after halfway, but the gaps never quite appeared and he finished full of running in a never nearer third (the bang in form Klynch just on his heels having endured a similarly interrupted passage). He has slumped in the weights after a long spell in the wilderness, but is just the type to run up a sequence now back to his best, with the testing ground looking set to stay with us for a few more weeks yet.
PYTHAGOEREAN - July 13th - 3rd 6-1
The Newbury maiden won by Montiridge looked particularly strong form and Roger Charlton's Oasis Dream colt really caught the eye in a promising third. A missed break meant he was soon parked last and it was noticable how well he was travelling in rear at halfway with George Baker sitting motionless. However, he ran on really well when nudged out from 2f out and finished with plenty of running left in him in the testing ground. An ordinary maiden should be a formality next time and he should go on to much better things in time.
TRANSFIX - July 12th - Unplaced 11-2
Ed Vaughan's Pivotal filly was not unbacked on her debut in a fair Doncaster maiden, and shaped as though a win will not be too far away. She fluffed the start and lost around 6l, soon settled in rear by Amy Ryan before making rapid gains after halfway to look a threat at the furlong pole behind eventual winner Macchiara. However, the effort of making up the ground took its toll as she faded at the distance on the wide outside, and is sure to have learnt a good deal from this effort.
MICK SLATES - July 11th - Won 9-2f
Declan Carroll's 3-y-o is really thriving on a busy spell on the prevailing eased ground, and did very well to win a fast run and competitive handicap under Neil Farley. He was well backed down to 9-2f from an ideal draw in stall one, but a missed break negated that advantage and he rather raced with the choke out up the inner for the first three furlongs. It is to his credit that he found enough to trap clear and ultimately outbattle the in-form Serene Oasis close home, and seems sure to be hard to contain if turned out under a penalty in the next week.
MARIA'S CHOICE - July 10th - Won 11-8f
Sir Michael Stoute does not send many runners to the all-weather at Wolverhampton, so it was no surprise to see the well bred 3-y-o land a hefty gamble in a fair maiden at just his second attempt. Richard Mullen reported that the Ontario colt had been unsuited by the deep ground at Sandown on his debut, and had always impressed with his work at home, so he seems sure to be far better than the bare form of this hard fought beating of the reliable yardstick La Pampita (pair trapped well clear of the remainder). A stiffer test of stamina will suit in time and he will be of interest particularly if connections take the handicap route.
MUNICIPAL - July 9th - 3rd 6-1
Michael Dod's has hit form in the last few weeks and introduced a promising juvenile in a four runner Ayr maiden run in very soft ground. The Elusive City colt was up against two more experienced rivals but showed decent pace, disputing the lead with Opt Out and Megamunch, until gradually fading when driven along from 2f out. On breeding a faster ground seems sure to suit better, and he should have little difficulty in winning a similar contest in the North if finding even small improvement on this effort.
BOBOWEN - July 8th - Won 4-1
Dr Richard Newland does well with his small jumps string and has them all running very well at the moment, and this ex-Irish chaser is very much one to follow after impressing in a ready victory at Market Rasen. The 6-y-o has only had two starts for present connections, showing promise each time, but he stepped forward a chunk as he cruised clear on the bridle in the final mile from the prolific Blue Hills. Drying ground clearly suited and he will be hard to beat until the handicapper takes drastic action.
FARHH - July 7th - 2nd 11-4f
The Coral Eclipse had a classy look to it this season, even without the absent and now retired So You Think, and Saeed Bin Suroor's progressive type is the one to take from the valuable Group 1 prize. Settled in rear as usual, the 11-4f closed up smoothly and rapidly in the straight but just could not quite get past the tough Nathanial in the closing stages. The stiff uphill finish rather blunted his turn of foot and he remains sure to win a top prize when the emphasis is more on speed. He has been lightly raced over the past three seasons and it is to be hoped that the injury problems are now firmly behind him.
AJMANY - July 5th - 2nd 10-11f
Luca Cumani's Kheleyf colt was thought good enough to make his debut in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, and was duly a very warm order to take advantage of a huge drop in class to land a fast ground Yarmouth maiden. However, the slow early gallop was all against the 10-11f and, with Kieran Fallon showing little initiative, he was rather done for a turn of foot by the more experienced Hasopop. A step upto 7f or a mile seems sure to be on the cards next time and he is likely to prove himself much better than the bare result of this expensive defeat today.
DORA'S SISTER - July 4th - Won 1-1f
John Quinn's progressive 3-y-o had shaped well when fourth on her latest start and was sent off a very well backed favourite to land a modest Catterick minor event. She only scrambled home in the end, but travelled extremely well under a confident ride and could be called the winner a long way out on the testing ground. This is modest form at best, but faster conditions seem sure to suit and she will remain an interesting runner when returning to handicaps next time out.
LUCK - July 3rd - Won 11-10f
Kevin Ryan's Red Clubs colt had clearly been impressing at home, and was all the rage for a fair Hamilton maiden in the heavy ground, backed down from 7-4 into 11-10f. He disputed a fast pace with the experienced Sandy's Row and drew readily clear at the furlong pole, with the other runners strung out like a three mile chase. This was a really taking debut and he may well be a listed horse in the making and certainly a juvenile to follow in his next engagements.
OASIS CANNES - July 2nd - Won 4-9f
Sir Mark Prescott is another trainer who has suffered a slow start to the season, mainly due to the poor weather, but his strike rate is always excellent with juvenile's and he has a progressive type on his hands in this Oasis Dream colt. The 2-y-o was backed down to 4-9f from Evens in the morning to land a modest Wolverhampton maiden, and needed every yard of the seven furlong trip to get on top in the closing stages under Luke Morris. A step upto a mile plus will suit and he appeals as a likely type for nurseries in the next few weeks.
ANNUNICIATION - June 30th - Won 4-5f
Richard Hannon's experienced juvenile was all the rage in a warm Chester minor event, and impressed in the way he made all the running at a decent pace under Ryan Moore. He has improved with every start and is the type to be underated when he steps up in grade as the season progresses. An extra furlong or two will be within his compass, and the game attitude he showed here in repelling Lady Ibrox is sure to stand him in good stead.
PEARL SEA - June 29th - 3rd 5-1
A very strong Doncaster maiden seems sure to throw up several future winners, with David Brown's filly perhaps the most eyecatching. The Elusive City juvenile was strong all morning in the market, backed down from 20-1 into 5-1 at the off, and did well to finish third behind the impressive winner Badr al Badoor. She was slow away and raced very green in rear, ridden to stay in touch before getting the hang of things after halfway and finishing strongly. The runners with reasonable placed form finished well held on the eased ground and she seems sure to be hard to beat with the benefit of the run behind her.
MULTI BENE - June 28th - Won 15-8f
Tom Dascombe has enjoyed a superb June, including Royal Ascot glory with Ceiling Kitty, and he has a progressive handicapper on his hands with this 3-y-o. The well backed 15-8f had shaped well when second at Wolverhampton last time out, and was value for more than the narrow margin of victory in a fair Yarmouth contest. Kieran Fallon settled his mount wide and off the pace after getting baulked leaving the stalls, and did not have to ask a serious question as he nudged him out to assert inside the final furlong. A step upto a mile will suit and he appeals as the type to run up a sequence in the coming weeks.
CONTRADICT - June 27th - 3rd 5-2
Sir Michael Stoute is not known for first time out 2-y-o's, but his Raven's Pass filly had clearly been pleasing at home ahead of her Salisbury debut, sent off a well backed 5-2 second favourite. A slow break and immediate scrimmaging at the stalls put her on the back foot on the drying ground, but she shaped well under a considerate ride to take third behind the experienced Jollification. A step upto 6f will suit next time and, like so many from the yard, she will come on a ton for this debut and do a lot better.
YORKSHIRE ICON - June 26th - 2nd 2-1f
Anne Duffield's experienced juvenile was well supported to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking in a modest Beverley maiden, but whatever could go wrong did and he was left to claim a remote second behind the impressive Arthurs Secret. A slow start did not help and a series of buffeting in rear meant the colt was 12l behind the leader when impeded again on the home turn. He ran on well when eventually getting daylight and appeals as the type to land a nursery when the emphasis is firmly on stamina.
BURNHAM June 25th Unplaced 5-2f
Hughie Morrison's progressive handicapper was a well backed favourite for a modest Windsor handicap and is one to stick with despite this defeat. Richard Hughes dropped the 3-y-o out in rear in a race run at a steady pace (50-1 winner made all and found plenty), and was caught in a poor position when asking this staying type to close. He ran on really strongly late when it was all over and finished on the heels of the principals who all raced handily, and a step upto 1m4f or even 1m6f seems sure to suit.
SOCIETY ROCK June 23rd Unplaced 8-1
Black Caviar scrambled home after her rider eased up close home in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but the real eyecatcher was a couple of lengths behind her in James Fanshawe's charge. The 5-y-o became very agitated in the stalls and duly completely missed the break by around 6l. He did extremely well to close up into fifth and would surely have run the 1-6f very close with anything like a level break. The top sprints will now be on the agenda and he remains a progressive, hold-up sprinter will a terrific turn of foot when the cards fall right.
NEWFANGLED June 22nd Won 7-4f
The Albany Stakes saw a potential star emerge as John Gosden's Newfangled routed the field with a really taking display on just her second start. The New Approach filly was well away and racing freely at the head of affairs, soon having a big field off the bridle and effortlessly drawing over five lengths clear at halfway. She got a bit tired late on with the race already won in the soft ground, but is by far the best juvenile seen so far and is very much one to follow. A 10-1 quote for the 1000 Guineas seems fair even at this stage with further improvement assured.
GHOSTWING June 21st Unplaced 14-1
Ron Harris does well at a low level with his handicappers and his visored 5-y-o may be poised to strike judged on a promising run in a modest Warwick contest. Sophie Doyle mixed an overly fast pace at this sharp track, burning off the other trailblazers and kicking 2l clear turning for home. However, these efforts took their toll on the soft ground in the straight and he dropped away when headed. A drop to 6f and faster ground will suit and he is one to watch out for at a big price next time out.
SENTARIL June 20th 2nd 5-1
William Haggas has an exciting prospect to go to war with in this Danehill Dancer filly, who was a very unlucky loser of the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. The 3-y-o was held up well in rear by Johnny Murtagh and he clearly had a double handful from halfway, however her run was repeatedly checked as she tried to close from a poor position, eventually flying home late when the winner Ishvana had flown. A step up in trip to 1m or further will suit and Group 1 prizes will surely come her way.
COGITO June 19th Unplaced 16-1
Brian Meehan tasted Group 1 glory in the St James Palace Stakes with Most Improved, but stablemate Cogito may be the one to take from the race. Martin Dwyer had the previosly unbeaten colt settled and going well when badly impeded by The Nile breaking down turning for home. He lost several lengths and momentum but really caught the eye close home as he ran on strongly. This was a messy renwal but a step up to 1m2f or further will suit in time and he seems sure to do better.
ELLE REBELLE June 18th Won 14-1
Mark Brisbourne wouldn't be well known for first time out juvenile winners, but his Cockney Rebel filly had evidently been showing up well at home, backed into 14-1 from 20-1 in a modest Carlisle maiden. She was slowly away and had a bit to do as the 7-4f Lady Margeaux disputed the pace up the middle, but showed a rare turn of foot to swoop clear inside the final furlong before idling in front. Interestingly she took about a mile for her rider to manage to pull her up after the race and clearly has an engine. This was a modest contest but she seems sure to improve and may well be underestimated next time given her low key connections.
SIR QUINTIN June 16th 2nd 20-1
Andrew Balding's 3-y-o was sent off an unfancied 20-1 chance for his debut at Sandown, but showed a decent level of form in a clear second, denied close home by the more experienced Rule Book in the soft ground. Hayley Turner was always going very strongly after a slow break, and looked sure to win when edging ahead inside the final furlong, however he just tired in the last 100 yards and was touched off close home. A similar maiden will surely come his way, with trips in excess of 1m2f sure to suit in time.
HASANAN June 15th 2nd 4-1
Clive Brittain does not usually win first time out with juveniles but the market spoke in favour of his Rail Link filly, and she showed plenty of ability in the deep ground against the experienced Faithfilly. A modest break didn't help as the winner flashed out and grabbed the rail, but she was the only one to emerge from the pack and looked a threat until tiring in the last 100 yards up the hill. She seems sure to do better in time and be hard to beat next time out with this run under her belt.
TORONADO June 14th Won 11-4
Richard Hannon's High Chaparral colt made a deep impression in winning a decent Newbury maiden on debut and appeals as one destined to take a hand in the best juvenile races, with next week's Chesham at Royal Ascot on the agenda. Smartly away, Richard Hughes took a pull after a furlong and then needed only hands and heels to draw clear from the distance to win by nearly three lengths. The ten runner field was well strung out on the soft ground and visually this was a top class performance in what is traditionally a warm race.
STRICTLY SILCA June 13th 2nd 9-1
Mick Channon has a strong team of 2-y-o's and his Danehill Dancer filly was not unbacked for a warm Haydock maiden won by Chat. A missed break meant Martin Harley had to switch right round the field to the outside after halfway, and the 9-1 chance did well to reach a challenging position at the furlong pole. This experience will bring her on a ton a she will surely not remain a maiden for long.
JONTLEMAN June 12th Unplaced 5-2jf
Mick Channon's once-raced colt was well backed to step up on his debut run in a competitive Salisbury maiden won by 50-1 newcomer Pasaka Boy, and for most of the race his supporters had cause for optimism. Martin Harley was travelling best at halfway on the heels of the leaders but rather had his run checked before the furlong pole, eventually flattening out late on in the soft conditions. A faster surface will be ideal and he seems sure to be winning sooner rather than later.
JOEY'S DESTINY June 11th Won 7-1
A five runner Folkestone maiden would not usually be the strongest source for furture winners, but George Baker's Kheleyf colt created a deep impression on debut against rivals with the benefit of experience. Soon handy and going well, the easy to bet 7-1 chance showed a smart turn of pace to assert after halfway and could be eased down late on to win by a hard held 5l. His small yard and the low level of this contest may mean he is underestimated next time, and he seems sure to come on a ton for the run (yard very rarely has them tuned up first time out).
EASTLAKE June 10th 2nd 5-6f
Jonjo O'Neil has been dominating the summer jumping scene and his progressive novice was well backed to build on his recent chasing debut victory in a warm Worcester contest. However, he was unable to get past the bold frontrunner Indian Daudaie up the straight after that rival had rather got first run. This was a useful event for the time of year and a switch to handicaps seems sure to be on the agenda next, where his accomplished jumping will hold him in good stead.
FLEETING SMILE June 8th 2nd Evensf
Richard Hannon's filly was all the rage on her debut, smashed in at all rates down to Evens under Paul Hanagan, despite overnight rain easing the ground to soft. She disputed a fair pace until rather chopped off at halfway and did well to press until the impressive Newfangled swept by up the centre of the course at the furlong pole. This yard very rarely makes errors when the money is down and compensation surely awaits, with fast ground sure to see her in a different light with the benefit of this outing behind her.
HERE NOW AND WHY June 7th Unplaced 2-1f
Ian Semple's consistent sprinter was all the rage in the first time visor, backed from 6-1 in the morning down to 2-1f, and can be considered an unlucky loser in a fair handicap won by the red-hot Sandwith. The 5-y-o was a shade free under restraint early on and was still tanking along on the heels of the pace when finding his run rather checked at the furlong pole. He finished full of running in a close fourth and is just the type to do better in a more competitive, big field valuable handicap where a fast run race will help him settle.
BENTLEYSOYSTERBOY June 6th 3rd 7-2
David Elsworth's juvenile has hinted he is capable of much better in his first two runs and attracted cash with the blinkers on for the first time. However, he fluffed the start and was soon tanking along racing very freely on the heels of the leaders. This finally told over a furlong out as he started to fade on the eased ground, eventually finishing a remote third behind Dancing David. Nurseries will surely be on the agenda, and it would be no surprise to see him get a mark that severely underestimates his natural ability if it can be channelled in the right direction by the astute David Elsworth yard.
JALAA June 5th Won 2-1f
Richard Hannon's association with Sheikh Hamdan has not taken long to bear fruit and his Street Cry colt created quite an impression in a well run Leicester maiden on his debut. Well away under the excellent Paul Hanagan, he did well to wear down the experienced frontrunner Carlton Blue from the furlong pole, despite the trailblazer hanging right and intimidating him from halfway. The 2-1f ran on really well to assert and seems sure to stay 6f plus in time and appeals as the type to hold his own at the big meetings.
MY CLAIRE June 4th Unplaced 50-1
Nigel Tinkler operates on a much smaller scale than in the past and has struggled for winners recently, however he has a promising juvenile on in his hands judged on this strong-finishing fourth behind Lucky Lodge in a fair Redcar maiden. The Piccolo filly showed precious little on her debut in May but proved a different proposition this time despite Mikael Barzalona putting up 2lb overweight, making up strong late ground having been well in rear at halfway. A step upto 6f or further will suit and a positive move in the market would encourage confidence next time.
JAMESWAY June 2nd Unplaced 7-1jf
Richard Fahey must be tearing his hair out in frustration with his high class sprint handicapper after another unlucky run in the valuable Epsom Dash on Derby day. His run through from rear was blocked off repeatedly in this very fast run test of speed down the hill, and the gaps only appeared very late when it was all over. He will surely get the cards to fall right very soon and remains dangerously well handicapped if getting the breaks.
GATEWOOD June 1st Won 9-4f
John Gosden's 4-y-o was very heavily supported to land a competitive Epsom handicap and was ridden with maximum confidence from last by William Buick. The progressive type had his path checked and blocked on three occasions, and appeared to have it all do 3f out when barging his way out wide as the leaders were still some 7l in front of him in a tightly packed field, however the response was superb when seeing daylight and he got up close home. A step upto 1m4f will be on the agenda next time and he is very much one to follow up the ranks.
HOTOTO May 31st Won 11-8
Kevin Ryan's Sleeping Indian colt has progressed with every run and performed to a near useful level in landing a strong Ayr maiden under Phillip Makin. The twice raced juvenile was a shade free and rather shuffled back at halfway as his market rival Jillnextdoor quickened 2l clear on the outside, and he did very well to get on top inside the final furlong as the pair trapped clear on the fast ground. A nursery could be on the agenda next and he is very much one to follow as he learns to settle better in the early stages.
PARTY ROYAL May 30th Won 5-4f
Mark Johnston's Royal Applause colt was a hefty order to improve on a promising Chester debut in a fair Ayr maiden, and did not disappoint under an accomplished ride from Mirco Demuro. The 5-4f broke well from a wide draw and was soon at the head of affairs at a fast pace, and needed only a hands and heels ride to assert before the furlong pole. He will stay further than 6f in time and seems sure to hold his own upped in class, especially as the Middleham handler's horses always improve steadily through their juvenile year.
STAR OF ROHM May 29th Unplaced 4-6f
Michael Bell's highly regarded colt was all the rage after a very promising debut at York 12 days ago, but was never able to reach a challenging position on the fast ground behind Body and Soul. A slow start and a bit of crowding at halfway did not help Hayley Turner in a race run at a fast pace, and the undulating Ripon course possibly wasn't ideal either. A step upto 6f will suit and he remains worth another chance despite this expensive setback.
ARTIGIANO May 28th Won Evensf
Godolphin badly need a star and they may have a proper Royal Ascot contender judged by the impressive manner of victory in a decent Leicester maiden. The well bred colt had shaped well under a tender ride when third at the Dante meeting and had clearly improved dramatically for that exeperience. Frankie Dettori was always handy to a fair pace and one shake of the reins was enough to settle matters instantly before the furlong pole, readily trapping away in the style of a group class performer.
ANDERIEOGO May 26th Unplaced 15-2
David O'Meara's ex-Irish intake shaped really well on just his second start for his shrewd new stable, and will be winning soon when stepped up in trip. The 4-y-o seemed sure to finish well beaten when ridden in rear from the off and getting detached at halfway on the fast ground, however he fairly flew from 2f out when switched far-side by Jamie Spencer, and would have reached the places in another stride or two in a decent Haydock handicap won by Mappin Time. Easier ground may be ideal but he is one too watch for when tackling 7f or a mile next time out.
CURL May 25th 3rd 9-2jf
Richard Hannon's filly had run very green on her debut in a listed contest just seven days earlier and again shaped as though capable of better in a big field of inexperienced juveniles at Haydock. Pat Dobbs never really got after the Duke of Marmalade filly, pushing with hands and heels only after she was short of room after halfway, but the response was pleasing in the closing stages as she ran on well to snatch third on the post. A step upto 7f or even a mile next time out will suit, and she seems sure to shed her maiden tag very soon.
SILVER LIME May 24th 2nd 13-2
Roger Charlton's promising type is a handicapper to follow when stepped up in trip after failing by the minimum margin to reel in Beaufort Twelve in a very strong Goodwood contest. The 3-y-o was ridden along in rear from the off to try and stay in touch with a strong pace, and ran on really well up the straight to press the winner hard inside the final furlong. 1m4f seems sure to suit and all the valuable prizes will now be in the radar for his in-form yard.
CLOWANCE ESTATE May 23rd Won 2-1f
The market spoke volumes before the race as Roger Charlton's debutante was heavily backed in a competitive maiden on the fast ground, and the Teofilio gelding posted an impressive performance in a truly run race. James Doyle produced the 2/1f to assert 2f out but then had to battle hard as once-raced Scottish Vespers threw down a strong challenge as the pair trapped away. An excellent attitude will stand him in good stead for a rise in class next time, and group or listed targets are sure to be on the agenda.
RELENTLESS HARRY May 22nd Unplaced 11-4f
The George Baker yard has a fearsome reputation when the cash is down, and this progressive 3-y-o was clearly expected with Frankie Dettori in the saddle (5 from 15 for the stable). However, a slow break and immediate interference meant he was soon in rear and forced to race away from the pace on the far-side. His mid race headway rather petered out at the furlong pole but he remains a sprinter of potential when getting the breaks, and is certainly worth another chance.
THE STRAWBERRY ONE May 21st Unplaced 7-2jf
David Arbuthnot had a dire time of things in the last NH season with many of his runners failing to fire and his previously useful 7-y-o has slumped in the weights as a result. She was a real gamble in a fair Newton Abbot handicap after a short break, but was rather tapped for pace at this sharp track, plugging on at just the onepace in the final mile off a fast gallop. A step upto three miles would make her of huge interest next time out and it would be no surprise if supporters got their cash back.
UNEX DEGAS May 20th 2nd 4-1
Neil King's maiden has made steady improvement with every run over hurdles and made another step forward when a close runner-up in a competitive Market Rasen novice hurdle. The 4-y-o travelled up well from rear under a confident Alex Merriam and found only the unexposed Ulys du Charmil too strong after the last, the pair trapping 14l clear of the remainder. A step upto 2m4f seems sure to suit and a switch to handicaps soon should see him get off the mark.
MUKHADRAM May 19th Won 4-9f
William Haggas has made no secret of the regard in which he holds his Shamardal colt, and the 3-y-o was very impressive in landing huge market confidence in a traditionally useful Newmarket maiden. Paul Hanagan was always handy in a well run race and needed only to nudge out the 4-9f in the closing stages, comfortably in command close home with a big field strung out like a three mile chase in behind. A step up in trip is on the cards next and he is sure to improve steadily into a group class performer for his astute handler.
SHIROCCO STAR May 18th 2nd 5-1
Hughie Morrison's promising 3-y-o was quietly fancied on his reappearance in the Swettenham Stud Fillies Trial at Newbury, and for most of the straight appeared set to cruise clear on the bridle under a very confident ride from Darryl Holland. However, he was not asked to assert until inside the final furlong and was held by the very game 33-1 chance Momentary on the nod. While the market principals both disappointed on the eased ground, the form should not be underated and she remains very much worth following in her next few starts.
FENCING May 17th 3rd 4-1
John Gosden's 3-y-o was well backed for a high quality renewal of the Dante and shaped very well in a clear third behind Bonfire. William Buick struggled to settle the Street Cry colt in the first half mile (immediately traded at big prices in-running) and a very promising run to press 2f out petered out inside the final furlong. Faster ground seems sure to suit and a drop down to a mile would not inconvenience at all.
LA PAMPITA May 16th 3rd 13-2
Has shaped well on all three runs now and might do better when her attentions are turned to handicapping. William Knight's filly travelled well off a steady pace and appeared to be going well swinging for home, however she found only the one pace when finally asked for an effort at the furlong pole, rather hanging through inexperience behind Roserrow. She will have learnt from this and seems sure to stay further in time.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE May 15th Unplaced 8-1
Tim Easterby's veteran has slipped to a very interesting mark after a long losing run, and again shaped as though his turn was near in a well run Beverley handicap won by 11-4f Carragold. Having drifted on the exchanges pre-race he missed the break and was soon parked last 10l off the clear leader by David Allan, before eventually staying on up the straight for a never dangerous fourth. A return to a flat, easier mile will suit and any positive move in the betting would encourage support more.
EASTERN DESTINY May 14th 2nd 9-2
Richard Fahey's unexposed 3-y-o did not seem overburned off a mark of 70 on his handicap/seasonal debut at Redcar, and shaped very well in a race where the front three stretched clear of the remainder in the testing ground. Shane B Kelly looked to have a double handful up the straight on the filly, but rather found the frontrunner Wolf Spirit in his way as that rival faded, and took a while to galvnanise his mount when finally seeing daylight. She finished well in second but the winner had first run and compensation awaits.
BATTLECAT May 13th 2nd 11-8f
Evan Williams novice has made gradual progress with every start over hurdles as he has learnt to settle better, and he is one to look out for when the ground finally quickens this summer. The 5-y-o was dropped out in rear in a fair Plumpton maiden and rather allowed Turn Over Sivola too much rope as he tried to close from the hometurn. Handicaps will suit in time, where a speed test at somewhere like Taunton or Ludlow would provide an optimum test.
MAJESTIC MYLES May 12th 3rd 11-2
Richard Fahey has made a blistering start to the turf season, and his classy 4-y-o should soon be winning again after a promising third in the Listed Spring Trophy at Haydock. With the testing ground a major concern on previous form, Paul Hanagan was very patient in a well run contest and did well to close down the market principals until squeezed out on the far-rail inside the final furlong. Drying conditions in the coming weeks will be ideal and he will surely be placed to advantage by his shrewd connections.
LUGGERS HALL May 11th 2nd 6-1
Appeared set to finish tailed off at halfway in a well run handicap at the Chester May meeting, driven along in rear and struggling to lay up at this tight course even on the very testing ground. However, he really picked up the bridle turning for home and ran on really well in vain pursuit of the impressive Mica Mika, closing all the way to the line, and a similar staying prize can come his way next time out.
QASPAL May 9th 2nd 4-1
Phillip Hobbs formerly useful hurdler has had a distinctly underwhelming season over fences this term since returning from injury. However, he showed much more zest in a slow run Ffos Las handicap and might be the type to improve if the ground ever dries out this "summer". With fences ommitted in the deep ground he jumped with more confidence and appeared to be travelling best turning for home, however he was very tired when asked between the last two and not given a hard time in a remote 20l second.
CITIUS May 7th 2nd 4-6f
Richard Hannon's 2-y-o had reportedly needed his debut run when third, and was all the rage to get off the mark with Richard Hughes in the saddle´for a modest Kempton maiden. All was going smoothly as they turned in with the well backed favourite on the bridle in the lead, however a tendency to hang left off the bend proved costly and he was collared by the more experienced Ceiling Kitty close home. A similar contest should be a formality before a nursery campaign.
NEW PEARL May 6th Won 7-2
David Brown's 2-y-o was very well supported before a warm Newmarket maiden and created an immediate impression with a very impressive display. Soon racing with zest up the stands side rail on the eased ground, the colt breezed right away at the furlong pole and is certainly the best juvenile seen out so far, with the Coventry at Royal Ascot reportedly the target.
NOBLE MISSION May 5th Won 7-4f
Has the burden of being a full brother to Frankel but is developing into a useful performer in his own right. Despite wearing a hood he seems genuine and did very well to win a steadily run 1m2f contest at Newmarket on eased ground. Trapped with little room all the way up the straight, he showed a smart turn of speed to get on top in the closing stages and seems sure to hold his own when upped into Group class.
BLUE LOTUS May 4th Unplaced 20-1
A messy and bunched juvenile with a large field of newcomers running green for pressure in the closing stages, however Tim Easterby's unfancied Camacho colt was a huge eyecatcher and would surely have won with any fortune in running. He was travelling strongly on the heels of the leaders but got no run at all from halfway and flashed home in fourth when finally seeing some daylight. Sure to improve for the run he is unlikely to be 20-1 again in the future!.
THE CHAZER May 3rd Won 2-1
Richard Lee does particularly well with his small string, and his progressive 7-y-o landed quite a gamble in a fair Hereford handicap. Tom Scudamore sensibly kept the trailblazing Marodimia within range before asserting on the hometurn, driven out to make sure as the pair drew miles clear of the rest. He can improve over further and has more scope than most after just four races over the larger obstacles.
EL TORBELLINO May 2nd Unplaced 12-1
Showed clear promise in the testing ground and is sure to strip fitter after 221 days on the sidelines. David O'Meara's 4-y-o raced with zest setting an overly fast pace under Daniel Tudhope, edging right handed as she tired markedly turning for home and eventually finishing well held behind Easy Terms. She may well get dropped a few pounds by the handicapper and will remain of interest when ridden with more patience on a right handed course on better ground.
QALINAS May 1st Unplaced 14-1
David Pipe sent out the progressive 10-11f Diamond's Return to readily land this modest heavy ground handicap hurdle at Exeter, but it was his stablemate that caught the eye. The 5-y-o has shown very little in three starts since returning from injury, but went with real zest setting an overly fast pace before tiring in the straight. He is one to watch out for in Summer handicaps, where faster conditions and a hold up ride will surely see him to better effect.
RAHEEBA April 30th 3rd 14-1
Mark Johnston's 3-y-o was easy to back on his belated debut, but shaped with real promise in a close up third behind Hurricane in Dubai in a fair Kempton all-weather maiden. Silvestre de Souza's mount was always handy to a decent pace and did well to run on strongly having hung badly left all the way over to the stands-side rail 2f out. He will improve massively for the experience and should get off the mark next time out.
ALDERTUNE April 28th Unplaced 12-1
The Bet 365 Gold Cup brought the curtain down on a superb NH season and saw an impressive winner in the topweight Tidal Bay. Further back Paul Nicholls other runner very much caught the eye and is one to watch out for next time out. This consistent stayer was dropped out well in rear and travelled very strongly until his stamina ebbed in the final half mile. He can gain reward for a consistent season if dropped back to three miles in calmer waters.
CATWALK April 27th 3rd 5-1
James Fanshawe's Pivotal filly was firm in the market on her debut and shaped superbly well in the soft ground. This 6f was always likely to be a bare minimum and she took a while to find her stride in a useful maiden won by Pretty Primo, finishing strongly in a clear third without the rider resorting to anything more than a hands and heels ride. A step up in trip will suit and she appears a useful type in the making as her stamina is drawn out.
MAYO LAD April 26th 2nd 10-11f
Richard Hannon's consistent type was all the rage to defy a 6lb penalty in a weak looking Brighton handicap. He was going best turning for home only to have his run repeatedly checked as the field rolled around on the undulations in front of him. Eventually securing the stands rail at the furlong pole, he flew home and can be considered a very unlucky loser. A similar contest can come his way, with an ability to handle soft ground a real plus.
MORE EQUITY April 25th Unplaced 6-1
Shaped really well in a bunched amateur handicap and can get back to winning ways next time. The thorough stayer was ridden with restraint off a steady pace and was parked widest of all when asked to make headway by his agricultural rider. A bold jumper from the front when tackling fences, he seemes to make much more of an impact when professionally handled.
TODAREISTODO April 24th 1st 6-1
Jim Old's winners tend to come at Towcester these days and very rarely at that, but the veteran trainer has a nice prospect on his hands with this lightly raced 6-y-o. Having been well supported on this chasing debut, he jumped very fluently out wide racing freely and fairly breezed clear on the eased ground before sustaining the momentum up the sapping hill. This was only a low level contest but the second Kap West is a reliable yardstick and he appeals as the type to run up a sequence, while better ground will surely suit given his keengoing ways.
RIVER DRAGON April 23rd 2nd 2-1f
Finished a clear second behind the unexposed Rosairlie in an above average Hexham handicap run in very deep ground. The well backed 2-1f was given a patient ride by Brian Toomey and travelled well, but he was rather done for pace on the final climb before finishing strongly in the straight. He clearly handles testing conditions very well and, with the wet weather set to continue, is sure to land a similar war of attrition soon.
ALLIED POWERS April 21st 2nd 7-1
Michael Bell's stable has yet to strike form on the turf this season and that makes the effort of his 7-y-o all the more creditable on seasonal debut behind Harris Tweed. Jamie Spencer had his mount going better than anything on the bridle up the straight, but he was rather outstayed by the frontrunning winner when push came to shove in the soft ground (hung left in behind initially). Faster conditions will suit and a listed staying prize should come his way.
DILDAR April 20th 3rd 2-1
Was open to a deal of improvement after just two starts and showed a lot of ability in a clear third to 10-11f Lexis Boy. Paul Nicholls 4-y-o lost a length at virtually every hurdle yet still managed a brief challenge up the straight and will be a force to be reckoned with when re-schooled. He can make up into a decent speed test handicapper in the Summer if kept on the go, and would be a strong fancy to reverse the form with the two that beat him today if they met again.
ROYAL STEPS April 19th Unplaced 8-1
Proved easy to back on his debut but showed a deal of promise up the middle of the course from stall 1. This is traditionally a decent maiden at the Craven meeting and James Tate's juvenile will have learnt a good deal for the experience and be very hard to beat next time out in calmer waters.
VAN ELLIS April 18th Unplaced 50-1
Was pitched into the valuable Tattersalls Millions 3-y-o Sprint and showed a deal of ability on his debut. The well bred type showed speed and mastered some classy sprinters at halfway before tiring at the furlong pole. A maiden will be a formaility perhaps back at five furlongs and he appeals as an exciting long term prospect to follow up the ranks.
BOLD HENRY April 17th Fell 15-8
Phillip Hobbs is now in flying form and his promising 6-y-o would have routed his rivals in a fair Kmepton novice had he not fell at the last when 10l clear. He travelled well on the fast ground and cruised away on the bridle until making his only error when steadied into the final flight. Compensation awaits and he will make a cracking chaser when switched to the larger obstacles.
ROSSLYN CASTLE April 16th Won Evensf
Roger Charlton's once-raced 3-y-o was all the rage to make a winning reappearance and won impressively in the style of a future Group performer. James Doyle soon had the Evensf settled in third and readily asserted at the furlong pole when asked to stretch clear. He appears an uncomplicated ride and is very much one to follow up the ranks.
MIRIFIC April 15th 2nd 9-1
Tom Symonds has had a quiet few months after a promising start to his training career, but his lightly raced 6-y-o was clearly expected to run well in a warm Market Rasen handicap (backed from 16-1 into 9-1). Rider Denis O'Regan set a really sound gallop at the head of affairs on the eased ground, meaning only three runners had any chance in the final mile. He was reeled in at the last by the progressive Monkey Milan but seems sure to be hard to beat if turned out before the handicapper can re-assess his mark.
CAPPA BLEU April 14th 4th 16-1
Evan Williams lightly raced stayer was a real eyecatcher in the Grand National, all but out of the race early on when badly hampered before making relentless headway in the final mile for a closing fourth. He is sure to be targetted at the race again in 2013 and might well be worth an early ante-post investment given he has scope to improve as he matures.
BIG NOTE April 13th 2nd 3-1
The three runner field was never going to be ideal for Andrew Balding's promising type, and he duly pulled very hard for the first half of this contest run on the eased ground. He deserves extra credit for pressing the 1-2f Accesion hard in the closing stages. A well run handicap will see him to better effect and he is one to watch for next time out.
ART DZEKO April 12th 3rd 7-2
Tim Easterby's handicap debutante had been gelded after three qualifying runs and attracted support from an ideal draw in stall one. However, a slow start didn't help and he was soon shuffled back to rear as the field crossed in front of him. He was still going well turning in, but was unable to find a clear run and got going all to late for a never nearer third. This was only a modest 3-y-o handicap won by Phebes Wish, but he is surely capable of better and is one to follow next time out.
COME ON DAVE April 11th Unplaced 10-1
Is a real speedster and showed tremendous early pace from an adverse draw in stall one. David Nicholls 3-y-o raced clear early and had most of this useful field of sprinters off the bridle at halfway. He faded inside the furlong pole but is one to watch out for at somewhere like Epsom or Chester where his brute pace could see him establish an unassailable lead.
SUITS ME April 10th Unplaced 11-2
Had been disappointing in Dubai over the winter but shaped very well under an overly aggressive ride from Jamie Spencer. The 9-y-o raced widest of all and duelled from halfway with the well supported 7-4f Splendid Light, but both cut each other's throats and the pair were swamped at the furlong pole by more patiently ridden rivals. A similar middle distance handicap can come his way this season when able to dominate on his preferred decent ground.
LEXINGTON BAY April 8th - 3rd 11-4f
Richard Fahey's 4-y-o was heavily supported in a very warm Musselburgh Gold Cup, and can be counted a most unlucky loser in a strong finishing third behind the useful Shubaat. Paul Hanagan set the progressive handicapper a deal to do from rear in a race run at a strong pace throughout, and then ran into all sorts of bother when trying to get a run. The first three where miles clear and this is sure to prove very strong form for staying races later in the season.
LANCETTO April 5th - 2nd 13-8
Was given a confident ride on the decent ground but was just done for pace by the useful Domtaline. The pair drew well clear in the straight and this was a well above average novice for the time of year. A step upto 3m and frontrunning tactics will suit and he remains a chaser with potential for his in form yard.
OLYMPIAN BOY April 4th - 3rd 7-2
Sophie Leech's 8-y-o shaped well after a three month absence on the eased decent ground and can land a similar handicap next time out. Stephen Clements settled his mount in rear off a fair pace set by all-the-way winner Chapel House and a promising move ended turning in as lack of a recent run told.
KUILSRIVER April 3rd 2012 - 2nd 5-4f
Nick Gifford's useful maiden was very well supported but found his market rival Medinas too strong in the straight. He was arguably unlucky not to land the cash, all but falling a mile out and doing well to recover and press at the last. This was a useful novice for the time of year and he seems sure to get off the mark if kept in these calmer waters.
KAI BROON April 2nd 2012 - Won 5-4f
Lucinda Russell's 5-y-o was all the rage on just his second attempt over the larger obstacles, and justified the confidence in really impressive fashion. He settled well off a fast pace and gained a length at every fence against some more experienced handicappers. A better race will see him improve and he is very much one to follow on the drying ground this spring.
CAPTAIN BERTIE March 31st 2012 - 4th 13-2
Charlie Hills 4-y-o was sent off a well supported 13-2f for the Spring Mile and can be rated a very unlucky loser. He was settled in mid division and going strongly, but his run was repeatedly blocked and it was all too late when a gap finally appeared at the furlong pole. His strong finishing fourth behind Norse Blues suggests a valuable handicap will come his way soon.
VIABLE March 30th 2012 - Unpl 33-1
Firm ground has always been the key to Pam Sly's 10-y-o and he showed a lot more promise behind an impressive all the way winner in Qoubilai. Restrained and going well off a strong pace he was ridden turning in and tired from three out. This was a decent race for the level and a return to positive frontrunning tactics may reap reward next time out from a falling handicap mark.
PERSIAN SNOW March 29th 2012 - 2nd 6-1
Phillip Hobbs traditionally does very well at this time of year and his lightly raced 6-y-o seems sure to be adding to his winners this Spring. The 6-y-o was pitched into a warm Ffos Las handicap and travelled very well on the decent ground, finding only the equally progressive Lava Lamp too strong after the last. A test of speed will suit and he will still be well treated even after the inevitable rise for this promising second place.
DUKE'S ART March 28th 2012 - 2nd 4-1
Had run three times behind some useful novices but still appeared harshly handicapped on his debut in this sphere at Taunton. However he showed his hand in no uncertain style under an overly confident ride from rear, and seems sure to be winning before long. Millers Reef got first run and appeared set for a comfortable success two out, but Conor O'Farrell got a flying finish out of David Pipe's 6-y-o and would have prevailed in another stride.
D'GIGI March 27th 2012 - Unpl 7-1
Keith Reveley's 6-y-o is a thorough stayer, and was unsuited by the run of the race on the fast ground in a fair Market Rasen handicap. Frontrunners seemed favoured, not for the first time at this venue, and a negative ride from rear off a steady pace certainly meant gaining ground was difficult. The mare will make a cracking chaser in time but seems sure to do better when upped to 3m over hurdles and ridden with more zest.
VALBCHEK March 26th 2012 - Won 4-11f
Jeremey Noseda's debutante fetched 110,000 guineas at the sales and was all the rage to make a winning debut in a weak looking all weather maiden. He travelled extremely strongly under restraint and was going best when Aurens unseated rider at the furlong pole. Improvement seems certain and he can cope when upped in class as he matures (very green in front with ears pricked).
FIVE OUT OF FIVE March 25th 2012 - Fell 10-3
Evan Williams has a strong team assembled for the Summer jumps, and this lightly raced chaser seems sure to be winning soon for the shrewd Welsh handler. Paul Moloney dropped the 8-y-o out in last place on the very firm ground and a few errors didn't help as he tried to close up from rear in the final mile. However he still had plenty to offer when clipping two out and coming down in the handicap won by Cesium, and a similar speed test contest can come his way soon.
QUOUSKO DE L'ISOP March 23rd 2012 - Unplaced 10-1
Caught the eye in no uncertain style in a warm Newbury novice won by 20-1 debutante Goulanes. Rachel Hobbs 8-y-o was travelling very well up from rear under a confident looking Aidan Coleman and was not given a hard time as he faded between the last two. He would be a very interesting runner when switched to handicaps and is surely capable of better over fences in time.
QUEEN OF MANTUA March 22nd 2012 - 3rd 2-1f
Was sent off a well supported favourite and shaped well in clear third in a fair novice. The 6-y-o mare pulled hard under restraint in the early stages and that took its toll in the straight, tiring from two out behind Miss Tique. Handicaps may well be on the agenda now and she appeals as the type to do better in that sphere.
STARS DU GRANITS March 21st 2012 - Unplaced 16-1
Has had a poor season and has slipped in the weights as a result, but showed a good deal more in a useful, strongly run handicap won by Timesawastin. The 6-y-o travelled well up with a fast pace before tiring three out and can land a lesser contest when dropped down to two miles.
BUBBLY BRUCE March 20th 2012 - 2nd 9-2
Attracted strong support on his chasing debut pitched into a fair handicap under topweight, and shaped very well having hit the front too soon turning for home. Fergal O'Briens 8-y-o rallied having been headed two out by Thomas Wild and the pair drew a long way clear on the decent ground. He can gain compensation particularly if dropped down to 2m4f and waited with longer.
DR DARCEY March 19th 2012 - 3rd 20-1
Had a great deal to find on the figures in a warm claimer and shaped as though a little handicap can come his way when upped in trip. John Berry's 4-y-o was dropped out well off the pace and was never hard ridden as he secured a remote third after the last. A step up to 3m may suit and he seems sure to be placed to advantage by his shrewd handler.
COOL BARANCA March 18th 2012 - 3rd 10-1
Travelled best of all until the hill sapped his stamina against the progressive 4-5f Sustainability. He finished a tired, distant third in the end but appeals as the type to win when the emphasis is more on speed as the ground dries out this Spring.
DODGING BULLETS March 16th 2012 - Unplaced 20-1
Raced freely in a tightly packed field in the Triumph hurdle, and did really well to threaten briefly until tiring up the hill. He is far less exposed than most juveniles at this stage of the season and will be ideally suited to the flat, speed test that Aintree provides if opting for that route next time out.
GANSEY March 15th 2012 - Unplaced 33-1
Travelled well under restraint on the decent ground and his effort of closing up from rear told up the hill as he faded. This was a well run useful handicap won by Salut Flo and he seems sure to land a decent contest with his sights lowered slightly.
ALFIE SPINNER March 14th 2012 - Unplaced 8-1
Shaped very well until his stamina gave way and is sure to be a force to be reckoned with when dropped back down to 3m. Nick Williams progressive 7-y-o travelled strongest under a patient ride and was not given a hard time in the straight as he patently failed to stay behind all-the-way winner Teafortree.
PROSPECT WELLS March 13th 2012 - Unplaced 16-1
Was positioned further back than ideal and ran on really strongly in what appeared a very useful renewal of the Supreme Novice. He will be a force to be reckoned with when upped in trip and is still open to improvement.
THUNDER SHEIKH Stratford March 12th 2012 - Unplaced 20-1
Fergal O'Brien has made a real impact in his first season and this juvenile stepped up on previous efforts with a strong finish into mid-division on the fast ground. He was never subjected to a hard time at any stage and is now eligible for handicaps where a market move would be encouraging.
STICK TOGETHER Market Rasen March 11th 2012 - 2nd 5-2
Malcolm Jefferson's likeable chaser has improved with every run over the larger obstacles and he can be counted an unlucky loser of a fair handicap won by Top Benefit. He was in second and travelling well when a bad blunder at halfway saw him lose several lengths and all momentum. He did well to take a closing second turning in before the exertions told before the last. A decent summer handicap can come his way soon.
WILDE PASTURES Ayr March 9th 2012 - 3rd 12-1
Raced up with the well backed favourite Red Rocco and shaped very well in the testing ground until getting tired from two out. He will rarely run into such useful novices up north and appeals as the type to make a chaser in time.
GULF PUNCH Carlisle March 8th 2012 - Unplaced 16-1
Raced with zest disputing an overly fast pace in the testing ground and did well to fend off allcomers until tiring up the hill. He is with a stable in blistering form right now and can land a handicap when the ground dries out in the spring.
DANANDY Fontwell March 7th 2012 - Unplaced 4-6f
Had shaped really well when touched off on his debut and was all the rage to get off the mark in a modest contest. However, the odds on favourite tired badly in the straight and failed to handle the very testing ground. He remains a useful prospect in the spring where faster conditions seem sure to suit.
SAPPHIRE ROUGE Exeter March 6th 2012 - 3rd 6-1
Enjoyed this decent ground and ran on strongly for a closing third in a fair handicap won by the gambled-on Florafern. The 6-y-o mare has shaped previously as though a step upto three miles may suit and perhaps headgear will be applied next time to try and help her hold a better position early on.
HAAMAAT Lingfield March 5th 2012 - Won 8-11f
William Haggas does not have many runners on the all weather and this lightly raced gelding duly landed some hefty bets in a modest handicap on his debut at Lingfield. The 8-11f achieved far more than the driven out margin of victory suggests, making rapid headway from last off a slow pace and sustaining the run in the straight. He is sure to carry on progressing and shouldn't go up much in the weights for beating laregly exposed rivals.
PASCO Newbury March 3rd 2012 - Unp 8-1
Shaped really well racing up with a strong pace and is much better than the bare facts of this well held fifth position behind Aerial. The likeable grey is a very fluent jumper who can land a valuable Spring handicap when able to dominate from the off.
MAHAYOGIN Newbury March 2nd 2012 - Unp 10-1
Is one to look out for when sent handicapping after this quiet run behind some useful novices. The Charlie Mann stable enjoyed a better February after a very quiet Winter and will surely place the 4-y-o to advantage in calmer waters next time out.
SEVEN WOODS Newbury March 2nd 2012 - 3rd 16-1
Shaped well in a strong finishing third in a decent novice and seems sure to develop into a useful stayer in time. The former point to pointer was not given a hard time as the principals got away turning in, but drew well clear of the remainder and will improve for this useful debut.
NEW CHRISTMAS Taunton March 1st 2012 - 3rd 33-1
Was given a confidence boosting ride after unseating on his hurdling debut and finished strongly in a never dangerous third behind two fair novices. He clearly handles fast ground well and can land a similar contest this spring.
ROBBIE Southwell February 29th 2012 - Unpl 33-1
Caught the eye under a very quiet ride from rear off a fast pace on the quick ground and is sure to be of interest when switched to handicaps, where a much stiffer test of stamina seems sure to suit Keith Reveley's charge.
KINDLY NOTE Folkestone February 29th 2012 - Unpl 12-1
Emma Lavelle has her string in superb form and this promising novice seems sure to make more of an impact when going handicapping. The 5-y-o mare was soon well in rear and never threatened to get competitive in a fair novice, but previous efforts hinted at better and a market move next time would be a huge clue.
COOLBEG Leicester February 28th 2012 - Won 11-10
A hefty gamble was landed in style on the decent ground and, although this was only a very weak handicap on the day, Tom George's charge appeals as the type to develop into a decent summer performer. Quickish ground is the key and this smooth traveller is one to follow up the handicap as his yard continues in hot form.
NO MEAN TRICK Wolverhampton February 27th 2012 - Unplaced 9-2
The cash was well and truly down for this in-form course winner, supported from 10-1 into a share of favouritism at the off. A missed break didnt help with a race run at a blistering gallop and he was forced to close racing widest of all on the hometurn. Predictably he tired at the furlong pole but can gain compensation in a similar contest soon when enjoying better fortune.
POCKET ACES Fontwell February 26th 2012 -4th 12-1
Richard Rowe's charge has slipped in the weights after a rather underwhelming season to date, but shaped much better on this drying ground in a well run handicap. He was held up in rear and went smoothly until asked to close rounding the final turns where he stayed on onepaced. This appeared a reasonably competitive contest for the grade and he can land a similar handicap in the spring.
CHARM SCHOOL Chepstow February 25th 2012 -2nd 2-1f
Evan Williams promising novice was all the rage pitched into a warm handicap and deserves extra credit for finishing a clear second in the testing ground. He set a fast pace but was rather harried to do so and also lost momentum when trying to duck out at the stable bend on the first circuit. He rallied really gamely when headed by Dream Esteem three out as the pair drew a long way clear of the rest. A decent contest can come his way next time out as the stable continues in a rich vein of form.
PYLEIGH LASS Chepstow February 25th 2012 -2nd 7-2
Shaped really well under a patient ride in the heavy ground in a clear second to the heavily supported Hollywell. The 6-y-o ran on strongly in the straight and seems sure to stay 3m in time.
ACAPULCO BAY Warwick February 24th 2012 -4th 4-1
Has slipped down in the weights and attracted very interesting support in a modest handicap. However, he was at a big disadvantage to be dropped out and ridden with patience in a race that was very steadily run, and shaped well in a strong finishing fourth behind Aviso. One to look out for in a similarly low grade next time out.
MR HOOPER Lingfield February 23rd 2012 -2nd 11-4
Attracted cash on his hurdles debut after 336 days and shaped well on the holding dead ground. He travelled well and was just denied by the more race hardened Barlow after the last, the pair miles clear in a war of attrition. The 6-y-o will make a chaser in time but will soon gain compensation if given time to get over this.
SONORAN SANDS Ludlow February 22nd 2012 -2nd 7-1
Trainer Brendan Powell reported his 4-y-o may need fast Summer ground to show his best, and it was encouraging that he went so close to winning on ground that appeared easier than the official "good". A dawdling pace flattered a few but this smooth traveller shaped really well, with his very strong finish after rather letting the useful Swing Bowler get first run was very eyecatching and compensation awaits.
DECENT LORD Wetherby February 21st 2012 -3rd 4-1jf
Attracted strong support on this much better ground and was a very unlucky loser of a modest handicap. The 8-y-o was badly impeded at the first turn and lost at least ten lengths and momentum. He did very well to close down and press the leaders at the last, just losing out in a three way finish and compensation surely awaits.
CR0WNING JEWEL Carlisle February 20th 2012 -3rd Evensf
Has become expensive to follow over hurdles since winning a bumper at this course, but he remains an exciting prospect and simply didn't have the run of the race at this tight inner hurdles track. He was held up in rear as usual and a few errors when trying to close didn't help, never a threat in taking a remote third up the straight in the testing ground. Handicaps are on the agenda now and more positive tactics will be rewarded.
TRUSTAN TIMES Market Rasen February 19th 2012 -3rd 6-1
Shaped really well upped in class and seems sure to become a useful handicapper at least as he gains experience. He travelled strongly under a confident ride and was poised to press when squeezed out of contention three from home, losing several lengths and momentum. It was to his credit that he rallied for third close home and a stiffer test of stamina seems sure to suit.
B0BS W0RTH Ascot February 18th 2012 -2nd 15-8
Trapped wide and a few crucial errors when trying to close in the straight were costly in a useful novice chase won by Invictus. He appeals as sure to be overpriced if heading to the festival where a left handed course and stiffer stamina test seems sure to suit.
KEYS Ascot February 18th 2012 -2nd 4-7f
Was heavily supported to build on an excellent debut but was well out of his ground in rear at this speed course and trapped very wide. He travelled up strongly on the bridle to press Super Duty in the straight but found no extra at the last, the pair trapping miles clear. Remains a very useful prospect to follow, with perhaps Aintree on the agenda in the Spring.
GRAB THE GL0RY Newbury February 17th 2012 -3rd 15-2
Travelled very well under restraint and was going much the best as the field turned for home. He tired when driven between the last two behind a very useful pair and will surely land a valuable speed test handicap before the end of the season. 0ne of the big races at Aintree in April appeals as the suitable target and very much one to follow with his yard showing signs of a resurgence after a quiet winter.
UNACC0MPANIED Leicester February 16th 2012 -2nd 10-1
This bold frontrunner deserves extra credit for a clear second to a well supported winner. He was unable to dominate as he prefers with Alpha Way in the field, and impressed with his fencing until tiring from three out. Drying spring ground is in his favour and a profitable time lies ahead.
BABY SHINE- Southwell February 15th 2012 -2nd 3-1
Was a desperately unfortunate loser of a fair novice and seems sure to gain compensation when upped in grade. The penalised 6-y-o was going well when badly impeded between the last two and allowed 6-4f Its a Gimme first run, before finishing well after the last to go down in a tight photo.
ABSINTHE- Kelso February 15th 2012 -3rd 6-1
Donald McCain's penalised novice travelled very well under a patient ride in a strongly run race and loomed up on the bridle at the last. The long run-in found him out as the 8-11f Lyvius asserted and he remains a useful speed test handicapper to follow when switched to that sphere.
SPECIAL P0RTRAIT- Ayr February 14th 2012 -2nd 5-1
This high class hunter shaped very well in defeat to the long odds-on Cloudy Lane and can now head to the foxhunters at Cheltenham as a leading contender. He jumped well wide and appeared a real threat three out until tiring in the deep ground. The winner was in receipt of 8lb and the pair are both sure to be hard to beat if staying in calmer waters away from the festival.
ENERY- Wolverhampton February 13th 2012 -Won 5-4f
Landed a hefty gamble on debut for his new in-form yard and is sure to run up a sequence when his stamina is drawn out further. The 3-y-o did well to overcome trouble in running in a muddling small field contest and 1m4f plus is sure to suit. A handicapper to follow in future engagements.
RED INCA- Musselburgh February 11th 2012 -Unplaced 7-1
Set a deal to do from last place with a blunder at halfway hardly helping matters, he caught the eye from rear until tiring between the last two. Better ground and handicaps seem sure to suit and he is one to be with when the cash arrives in the near future.
ABSENT AMY- Lingfield February 11th 2012 -2nd 4-1
Was very strong in the betting for this first start in seven months and was a real eyecatcher in a rapid closing second. The filly missed the start and was soon scrubbed along in a detached last, however the penny dropped from the home turn and she fairly flew up the straight under a hands and heels ride. A step up in trip will suit and her shrewd connections are sure to be plotting her next engagement carefully.
ISHIAMIRACLE- Southwell February 10th 2012 -3rd 7-2
Trailblazer was denied the lead after a modest start and shaped very well. His rating has slipped after a quiet season but cash suggested prior that he was returning to winning form and he can land a similar sprint AW handicap next time out.
LASER BLAZER- Kempton February 8th 2012 -3rd 9-4f
Heavily supported at all rates down to 9-4f, this lightly raced 4-y-o travelled very well on the bridle and probably hit the front far too soon on the home turn. He can land a similar all-weather contest if his run is delayed longer.
AGLAJA- Wolverhampton February 7th 2012 -Unplaced 33-1
Caught the eye in a well run 1m1f all weather handicap. He travelled best of all under a patient ride and only tired turning in well behind the ready 10-11f winner. A drop to a mile or even 7f is sure to suit and a lesser contest can come his way at a decent price.
MAE'S CH0ICE- Ayr February 6th 2012 -2nd 5-4f
Set a fair pace and jumped well in the testing ground, but was done for pace dropped down to two miles, the pair a long way clear. The 6-y-o mare appeals as a 3m chaser when the time comes, but will be hard to beat when upped in trip under her penalties.
DIAM0ND VINE- Lingfield February 4th 2012 -3rd 3-1f
Appeared a progressive type beforehand and was most unfortunate not to register another win. Stall 0ne proved a coffin box after a slow start, as he was immediately squeezed out at the first bend and shuffled to rear. Switched wide in the straight, he fairly flew home in third and will surely gain compensation next time out.
C0ME 0N BLUE CHIP- Lingfield February 3rd 2012 -2nd 2-1f
Supported from 11-2 into a firm 2-1f in a tight 3-y-o handicap, the progressive type was evidently fit and readied after a three month absence. He was travelling well when stopped in his run turning in and had to race on the slower farside rail. In the circumstances he did well to press until denied in the final 100yds, the pair clear. Compensation awaits.
HADA MEN- Newcastle February 1st 2012 -3rd 8-1
Is being brought along with handicaps in mind and very much caught the eye under a negative ride off a dawdling early pace. He was never within 10l of a very steady pace and finished full of running. A 2m4f handicap would be ideal and one to be with when the cash arrives from his shrewd connections.
SENDINP0ST- Taunton January 31st 2012 -3rd 8-1
Upped to three miles and shaped very well for his in form stable. The 9-y-o travelled strongest and eased ahead turning for home, however his stamina ebbed before the last and he was denied by a much more patiently ridden winner. A drop down to 2m4f will suit and he appeals as well ahead of the handicapper.
VICT0R LUD0RUM- Plumpton January 30th 2012 -2nd 33-1
Shaped well behind the long odds-on winner and is one to watch for in handicaps when switched to that sphere. The Charlie Mann yard has been in the doldrums for several months, but a winner and a second yesterday suggest the tide is turning and this chasing type is another that can help restore confidence in the yard.
0NE TERM- Ffos Las January 29th 2012 -3rd 7-4jf
Shaped well chasing a fast pace in the testing ground in a useful novice won by Charm School, tiring only between the last two. He showed his best bumper form from the front an is sure to win a similar contest at least when dominating from the off. His small yard is starting to fire now after a quiet few months and he is one to watch out for.
BIG EASY- Doncaster January 28th 2012 - W0N 3-1f
Was well supported on handicap debut and landed the cash despite a steady pace not suiting. He stayed on powerfully up the straight as the front three drew miles clear and is sure to do better when upped to three miles. A handicapper to follow up the grades.
CUE T0 CUE - Doncaster January 28th 2012 - Unpl 8-1
Was dropped out in a steady run contest won by Alasi and shaped very well. He finished full of running and is sure to do better when stepped upto 2m4f and further. Promises to be a useful Northern handicapper at the very least and one to follow.
QU0USK0 DE L'IS0P - Fontwell January 27th 2012 - 2nd 7-2
Raced with zest setting a fast pace in the very heavy ground and had most of the field in trouble by halfway. These early exertions told in the straight as he tired two out and was reeled in by the 15-8f. He will appreciate a return to 2m and faster ground, where handicaps will be on the agenda.
FIRE FIGHTER - Warwick January 26th 2012 - W0N 8-11
Had clearly learnt from his debut and landed some strong support with ease in a steady run novice at this tight course and distance. He appeals as the type to progress when his stamina is drawn out further (stayed 2m2f on the flat), and he may well be a force in handicaps when his attention is turned in that direction.
GLEN0RA GALE - Musselburgh January 25th 2012 - 2nd 6-4
Shaped well and is sure to be of interest when switched to handicaps. He travelled well but rather allowed the useful Irish raider first run turning for home, one paced in a clear second up the straight.
TARN H0WS- Leicester January 24th 2012 - 2nd 7-4
Smooth traveller was given a very confident ride from rear in the heavy ground but just found one too good after blundering at the last three hurdles. He will be well suited to handicaps and a test of speed on better ground.
MAC AEDA- Wetherby January 23rd 2012 - 2nd 13-8
Was given a patient ride in a steady run, four runner contest in the soft and was unable to close down Cucumber Run in the straight. He is a fluent jumper who will be much better served by a step upto three miles and handicaps.
CR0SS 0F H0N0UR- Market Rasen January 22nd 2012 - 2nd 5-4
Heavily supported in a novice that appeared a match, the 5-y-o set a fair pace on the decent ground despite going left at ever hurdle. He was reeled in at the last but the pair were miles clear and he seems sure to gain compensation soon, especially when going left-handed.
GL0BAL FELLA- Haydock January 21st 2012 - 2nd 8-1
Finished a remote second of three behind the impressive Real Milan but again showed huge promise and seems sure to be seen to advantage when sent handicapping. He was given a very quiet ride and not hard pressed when second place was secured.
FREDDIE BR0WN- Catterick January 20th 2012 - 3rd 10-1
Shaped well in the testing ground in a race run at a furious pace from flagfall. He appeals as a chaser to follow when the ground dries up and he is able to dominate from the off. His yard has been very quiet and that gives this run even more merit.
RUDEMEISTER- Catterick January 20th 2012 - Won 10-1
Did very well to win a decent novice in the testing ground having been dropped out in rear initially pulling hard under restraint. He appeals as the type to win a useful northern handicap in the coming months, where better ground will suit. When the time comes he has the size to be a chaser and that may be the long term aim now previous injury worries seem behind him.
DUALLA L0RD- Taunton January 19th 2012 - 2nd 4-5
Paul Nicholls well regarded ex-pointer was all the rage switched to hurdles and lost nothing in defeat when denied on the nod by the promising Nelsons Bridge. He raced a shade free but found plenty for pressure and remains an exciting prospect for chases (fell at first attempt).
JUNI0R JACK- Southwell January 18th 2012 - 3rd 7-1
Shaped well on this decent ground, up with a fair pace until onepaced in the straight. He shapes as though a longer trip/more galloping course wil suit and is one to be with when upped to three miles.
BLENHEIM BR00K- Ayr January 17th 2012 - 2nd 2-1
Was given a negative ride considering his stamina is proven and never really landed a blow after getting detached in the first mile. He will be seen to better effect when upped to 3m and appeals as the type to land a decent handicap in time. His jumping was a bit slow over the early fences but fine when it warmed up and he is a stayer to follow in the North.
W0SAYU- Plumpton January 15th 2012 - Unplaced 5-1
Easy to bet on chase/handicap debut despite meeting very few rivals with any potential, the 6-y-o seemed sure to be pulled up on the decent ground when toiling in rear after halfway. However, he fairly flew up the straight in a fast-finishing third and can win when upped to three miles.
0NLY WITNESS- Kempton January 14th 2012 - Unplaced 8-1
Was up in class in a useful well run handicap and got tapped for pace from halfway at this flat, speed test course and distance. He appeals as the type to win a regional national where his bottomless stamina reserves will be seen to better effect.
CLEVER DICK- Huntingdon January 13th 2012 - 2nd 3-1f
A hefty gamble on handicap debut, David Pipe's charge was set a deal to do on the decent ground and just failed to get up after blundering at the last. He seems sure to gain compensation from what is undoubtedly a very lenient rating.
BRAVE SPARTACUS- Catterick January 12th 2012 - Unpl 7-1
Travelled very well up with a fair pace but made two errors down the far side and eventually faded in the straight. Very much a handicapper to follow when dropped down to two miles where better ground is sure to help.
GET READY T0 G0- Doncaster January 11th 2012 - 3rd 20-1
A modest and rather messy handicap run at this speed course on the eased decent ground, but the lightly raced 8-y-o caught the eye under a quiet ride and can land a low level contest soon. He was steadied in rear and never able to land a blow, but did hint at better to come perhaps when dropped down to 2m4f.
ENR0LLER- Leicester January 10th 2012 - 3rd 13-2
Caught the eye under a very negative ride from rear in a well run novice and is sure to be an interesting runner when qualified for handicaps, where better ground and a test of speed at a sharp two miles will see this formerly useful flat performer in a better light.
GREY WULFF- Taunton January 9th 2012 - fell 6-1
Emma Lavelle's 7-y-o was poised to win impressively on his chasing/seasonal debut, pushed clear to assert when crumpling on landing three out. This wasn't much of a race but he promises to do better at a more galloping course and should gain compensation soon if none the worse.
CHARTREUX- Hereford January 8th 2012 - fell 8-13f
David Pipe's classy hurdler was bet as though defeat was out of the question on his seasonal/chasing debut, and was in command when falling a mile out. He had jumped well up to that point and seems sure to gain swift compensation wherever he appears next.
THE PIER- Wincanton January 7th 2012 - 2nd 40-1
Totally unfancied in the betting on this debut for the David Pipe yard, this 6-y-o travelled up strongly and pressed hard in the straight only to find his stablemate Star of Angels too strong after the last. This was a well run handicap and he seems sure to be placed to win soon before the inevitable rise in the weights.
ABSINTHE- Bangor January 6th 2012 - W0N 10-11
Heavily supported down to odds-on, Donald McCains charge made a very impressive winning debut. He jumped well before showing a smart turn of pace to assert in the straight and seems sure to hold his own in higher class as he gains more experience.
PATAVIUM- Sedgefield January 5th 2012 - Unplaced 12-1
The very deep ground was all against this freegoer and he tired turning in having caught the eye with how he travelled up from rear. He is one to watch for at a price when the ground dries up and speed is at a premium.
HENRY CLAY- Lingfield January 4th 2012 - 2nd 4-6
A rare all-weather eyecatcher, but this promising 3-y-o seems sure to shed his maiden tag very soon. He missed the start and was shuffled to rear in a steady run race before running on well for a never nearer second, finishing with plenty left to give.
D0WDS DESTINY- Ayr January 2nd 2012 - W0N 5-4
Travelled best and readily drew clear in the straight to land a fair novice and seems sure to progress into a decent Northern handicapper in time.
INVICTUS- Cheltenham- January 1st 2012 - 3rd 10-3
Didn't help his cause by racing freely in the first mile of this useful novice won by the frontrunning Champion Court, and predictably faded after the last as those early exertions told. He remains a decent prospect and will be seen to better effect in bigger fields where the faster early gallop will suit his run-style.
F0R N0N ST0P- Newbury- December 31st 2011 - 2nd 9-4
Progressive chaser was not suited by this rather muddling small field contest won by the frontrunning Cue Card, and did well to stay on for a clear second up the straight. He may well be overpriced if heading to the Cheltenham festival where the fast run nature of those competitive races will play into his hands. A fluent traveller with a turn of foot, he is sure to be hard to beat wherever he runs next time.
VEND0R - Newbury- December 31st 2011 - W0N 4-5f
Highly regarded French import made an impressive winning debut on these shores and is sure to do better as his hurdlig improves. He was always cantering over a proven established rival who got a soft lead and did well to assert close home after all but falling at the final flight.
CAPTAIN SUNSHINE - Taunton- December 30th 2011 - 2nd 8-1
Emma Lavelle's scopey 5-y-o shaped very well in a warm novice for the course. He was ridden widest of all on this hurdling debut and sustained a strong run to press a useful pair in the straight, denied on the nod in a tight finish. He is a shoe-in for a similar contest before going on to better things when his sights are raised.
HARRY THE VIKING - Doncaster- December 29th 2011 - W0N 11-4
Scopey type was much better than the bare result of this narrow win. He travelled well and was poised to assert when a bad blunder stopped his progress before the turn in, he then idled badly when driven to lead two out. Sure to stay marathon trips he is very much a chaser to follow until beaten.
ARAUCARIA - Catterick- December 28th 2011 - 3rd 8-1
Stepped forward considerably on a very disappointing debut for his new yard with a strong finishing third. Her suspect jumping had improved on this slightly better surface and a step up to 2m4f will suit next time. Very well handicapped on some useful Irish hurdles form and sure to be placed to advantage by Donald McCain.
HIGH 0FFICE - Catterick- December 28th 2011 - Unplaced 5-2f
Useful flat performer is getting the hang of hurdling and shaped very well until fading from two out in the soft ground behind ready winner Ginger Grey. He will do a lot better on faster ground and can become a useful speed test handicapper in the Spring.
FINIANS RAINB0W - Kempton- December 27th 2011 - W0N 4-11f
Landed the confidence on his seasonal debut, doing particularly well to get up on the run-in after slithering on landing and losing his hind legs four out. He remains a top class prospect and will improve over 2m4f plus in time.
CAPTAIN CHRIS - Kempton- December 26th 2011 - Unplaced 8-1
Pitched in with top class rivals and shaped very well under a patient ride in a race where it was very hard to close down the pacesetters. A very useful chaser who is one to follow with the Cheltenham festival on the agenda.
RANGIT0T0 - Wincanton- December 26th 2011 - W0N 10-11f
Travelled and jumped very fluently to win on chase debut in a decent Boxing Day novice chase and appeals as the type to progress up into handicap company in time.
GRAMS AND 0UNCES - Hereford- December 22nd 2011 - W0N 6-4f
Heavily supported from 6-1 in the morning down to 6-4f, those who joined the plunge where very confident as the 4-y-o cruised along on the bridle. He was forced to battle after the last however as Hassadin threw down a strong challenge, the pair miles clear. This appeared a decent handicap and Grams and 0unces is the type to rattle up a sequence at this level.
SATIC0N - Ffos Las- December 21st 2011 - 3rd 33-1
Richard Phillips once useful handicapper has badly lost his form but shaped much better on this occasion and is one to watch out for from a much reduced rating. He caught the eye going well very wide in the deep ground and was not given a hard time in the straight once the principals had got away. Ideally served by faster conditions, he is one to be with granted a suitable test of speed.
BATHWICK BRAVE- Bangor- December 19th 2011 - Unplaced 8-1
David Pipe's charge was very easy to bet on just his third start, dropping down in trip at this sharp inner course. He was given an extremely negative ride, soon poorly placed in rear off a sedate pace, and was not given a hard race as he made steady headway in the final mile. He appeals very much as a handicap "job" and will be well worth an interest when the cash arrives.
AVENGING ACE- Carlisle- December 18th 2011 - 2nd 4-6f
Donald McCain's novice was all the rage after a poor debut run and shaped very well until his stamina ebbed up the hill in the deep ground. He travels well and might be of interest when going handicapping on a faster surface after one more qualifying run.
THE SAWYER- Ascot- December 17th 2011 - Unplaced 20-1
Shaped well setting a decent pace until halfway and rallied gamely in the straight. Gradually getting fitter with every run, he can land a decent staying handicap soon.
F0XBRIDGE- Ascot- December 17th 2011 - Unplaced 7-2f
Hefty cash around on handicap debut upped to three miles, but stamina ebbed in the testing ground and one to watch for when dropped to 2m4f on a faster surface.
0UR FATHER- Ascot- December 16th 2011 - W0N 8-5
A hefty gamble was landed under a very confident ride by Timmy Murphy, readily reeling in the enterprisingy ridden Shoreacres at the last, the pair miles clear. This was a useful effort after ten months off and David Pipe's charge will be a decent chaser when the time comes.
FRASCATI PARK- Ascot- December 16th 2011 - 3rd 7-2
Ridden with restraint and jumped left at every fence behind the impressive Zaynar, do better the other way round and a useful prospect when frontrunning tactics are resumed.
DUN SEE DEE - Exeter- December 15th 2011 - Unplaced 5-2
Shaped well after nearly a year on the sidelines and will be one to watch out for when switched to handicaps. He raced a shade freely up with a decent pace and understandably tired in the straight on the testing ground.
PENNY MAX - Newbury- December 14th 2011 - W0N 7-2
Had learnt plenty from a promising chase debut, jumping well and having a warm handicap sewn up turning for home in the soft ground. The 5-y-o has scope to improve and may graduate to graded class given time.
MY B0Y PADDY -Newbury- December 14th 2011 - Unplaced 5-1
Absent for 384 days before this chasing debut in a very warm handicap won by Penny Max. He made a few novicey errors and was out of contention on the home turn, but shaped well nonetheless and will be seen to better effect next time. He was a strong stayer over hurdles and will come into his own granted extreme tests.
ARDLUI - Newbury- December 14th 2011 - W0N 4-5
Landed some good bets in a well run novice and will do better when the ground dries out. Pleasingly his jumping was much improved after his first run, and he maybe underated on the bareform of this narrow win.
ST0RM SURGE - Catterick- December 13th 2011 - 2nd 5-1
Martin Todhunter has his small string in excellent heart, and his bold jumping 8-y-o soon had a big field strung out such was the blistering gallop he set. Collared near the post he seems sure to gain compensation in a similar handicap soon.
JIMBILL - Fakenham - December 12th 2011 - W0N 4-9f
Tim Vaughan has a useful staying prospect on his hands judged on this wide margin win on the eased decent ground. The 5-y-o was all the rage in the betting after some promising bumper runs and duly routed some limited rivals in the style of a decent prospect. He will stay at least 2m4f and progress further as he gains experience.
BENNY BE G00D - Doncaster - December 10th 2011 - 2nd 7-2
Well supported, this tough Northern handicapper drew miles clear of the rest when denied on the nod in a competitive Doncaster handicap. He jumped soundly and ran on strongly to press Qianshan Leader in the straight and seems sure to be effective when stamina is a premium.
R0UD0UD0U VILLE - Cheltenham - December 10th 2011 - 3rd 10-1
Victor Dartnall's progressive chaser jumped and travelled superbly in a hotly contested Cheltenham handicap and appeared the winner when readily drawing clear on the home turn. However he may have been in front soon enough and was collared after the last. Under more patient tactics he can continue on the upgrade and mature into a graded performer.
DARLAN - Cheltenham - December 9th 2011 - W0N 4-6
Unbeaten Henderson novice was all the rage in a fairly warm Cheltenham finale, but only won by the minimum margin having travelled very well in a muddling contest. Sure to be seen to better affect in bigger fields, he will progress further as he gains experience and shouldn't be judged on this unimpressive short-head win.
HIT THE HEADLINES - Huntingdon - December 8th 2011 - W0N 5-4
Landed some hefty bets on his hurdling debut and went through the race as though capable of holding his own upped in class. The rain eased ground and gale force wind rather hid his superiority as he tired after the last, but this appeared a strong novice beforehand and he is evidently held in very high regard by his powerful in-form stable.
TUSCAN G0LD - Huntingdon - December 8th 2011 - Result 4th 5-1
Useful on the flat, the 4-y-o was pitched into a warm contest on hurding debut and shaped very well behind the potentially classy Hit the Headlines. He travelled and jumped well held up off a steady pace but rather had his run messed about on the home turn when trying to close. He understandably faded before the last on the eased ground but will surely do better after this initial experience.
FIENDISH FLAME - Leicester - December 7th 2011 - Result 5th 15-8
Trailblazer was well supported under a penalty and shaped very well. Harried for the lead he stayed on the worst ground up the inner on the hurdles course and duly faded from three out. He is in great form right now and will be very interesting if switched to fences where he figures on a very lenient rating.
HUNT BALL - Fontwell - December 6th 2011 - Result W0N 5-4
From an up and coming yard this progressive handicapper landed some hefty bets in ready fashion, clearly travelling and jumping best from halfway before easing clear in the straight. This was a decent effort under a 7lb penalty and he remains one to follow in better class.
TRIANGULAR - Warwick - December 4th 2011 - Result W0N 5-2
Tom George's French import readily landed a competitive handicap on his debut and appeals as one to follow from a relatively low rating. He was always going smoothly and jumped well out of the eased ground, before responding well to win comfortably in the straight.
DARK GLACIER- Wetherby - December 3rd 2011 - Result W0N 7-2
Hefty cash after a disappointing debut was landed readily in a very well run novice. He was pushed clear in the straight before running green in front, and appeals as a useful chasing prospect when the time arrives.
SIM0NSIG- Sandown - December 2nd 2011 - Result 2nd 7-2
Travelled supremely well off a steady pace and found only the potentially top class Fingal Bay too strong up the hill in the stamina sapping soft ground. He appeals as the ideal type for Aintree in April where the speed course will suit him well. A drop down to a bare two miles is also sure to suit Henderson's well regarded 5-y-o and he is one to follow in all the top races.
CRACKENT0RP - Market Rasen - December 1st 2011 - Result W0N 6-4
Fit from the flat, Tim Easterby's 6-y-o was an impressive winner of a fair novice hurdle and shaped as though he will become a useful handicapper in the North. He is always sure to be suited by an emphasis on speed and showed a nice turn of foot to assert in the straight, drawing clear from a useful proven type from the last.
DERWEN PRIDE - Uttoxeter - November 30th 2011 - Result W0N 11-4
A progressive type, Peter Bowen's game sort defied a 14lb rise in the weights by narrowly landing a competitive handicap, despite a slow pace not playing to his strengths. He is open to more improvement when stamina is at a premium and can run up a sequence.
ST0RM SURVIV0R - Folkestone - November 28th 2011 - Result W0N 10-11
A wholesale gamble was landed down to 10-11f (from 3-1), when this 5-y-o made his handicap debut on fast ground, and he did very well to eventually assert at the last under an inspired ride from AP McCoy. Hopes seemed remote when he was firmly driven from halfway, but the response to pressure was very eyecatching and this chasing type seems sure to improve when his stamina is tested further. 0ne to run up a sequence given his excellent breeding and connections.
PR0SPECT WELLS - Newbury - November 26th 2011 - Result W0N 1-2
Really impressive winner of a well run novice hurdle on the eased ground and a leading candidate for honours at the Cheltenham festival in March. He travelled very strongly and gained ground at every hurdle despite being restrained by a motionless Ruby Walsh, and needed only small encouragement to readily defeat a classy recruit from the flat. Very much one to continue improving and will be hard to oppose under the penalties in future engagements.
CR0WNING M0MENT - Newcastle - November 26th 2011 - Result 2ND 5-2
Attracted hefty cash on hurdles debut in a fair novice in the soft ground and can be rated a most unfortunate loser. He was settled last and well out of his ground at halfway, before closing rapidly until two bad errors hindered progress.
C0L0UR SQUADR0N - Newbury - November 25th 2011 - Result 2ND 5-2
Traditionally a very strong novice hurdle, Phillip Hobbs' charge was a most unfortunate loser in a thrilling three way finish. He was squeezed out when closing up on the home turn and did very well to press the principals at the last. This appeared strong form and he appeals as a high class prospect to follow.
B0BS W0RTH - Newbury - November 24th 2011 - Result W0N Evens
Last season's Albert Bartlett winner made a winning chase debut despite a few errors at a crucial stage, and is very much one to follow when his stamina is tested further over three miles later on. He did really well to catch Cue Card on the post and can add further wins to a fantastically prolific career record.
C0TTAGE ACRE - Newbury - November 24th 2011 - Result Unplaced 12-1
Heavily supported in a very warm handicap, Tom George's charge ran very creditably chasing a fast pace throughout before fading three out. He can land a lesser contest when gaining an unpestered lead and might be a decent price after two expensive defeats.
FISTS 0F FURY - Wetherby - November 23rd 2011 - Result W0N 11-10
Landed a very useful novice chase in impressive style despite chasing a fast pace and hitting a few of these stiff fences. Hefty cash prior suggested he was held in high regard by his ultra shrewd Irish yard, and the champ AP McCoy reported he would be an ideal candidate for the four miler at the Cheltenham festival.
CHERRY LADY - Wetherby - November 23rd 2011 - Result 2nd 6-1
Made a very promising debut in what appeared a competitive bumper and deserves extra credit as the stable is currently in the doldrums. The 4-y-o travelled well under restraint and drew well clear with the impressive Call Me A Star up the straight. She is sure to be a useful jumper when her stamina is tested and is very much one to follow through the season.
TRUSTAN TIMES - Sedgefield - November 22nd 2011 - Result W0N 8-11f
Heavily supported to win on his chase/seasonal debut, Tim Easterby's well regarded 5-y-o created a deep impression despite only winning narrowly after the last. He was settled off a steady pace and travelled very strongly only to crash through three out when poised to assert. That error meant he had to be driven to master the long time leader and hid his true superiority. A useful hurdler, he can progress into a decent Northern handicapper over the larger obstacles.
HEATHER R0YAL - Lingfield Park - November 22nd 2011 - Result U/R 4-5f
Sent off a warm 4-5f to follow up a victory over course and distance, the strong travelling mare was cruising when unseating her rider after halfway. She had been a shade free in the early stages off a very sedate pace and will be seen to much better effect in handicaps, where an emphasis on speed will be very much in her favour.
GANSAY - Haydock Park - November 19th 2011 - Result Unplaced 9-4f
Sue Smith's progressive chaser was all the rage in a warm Saturday handicap and shaped very well before his stamina ebbed late on in the softening ground. He remains a very interesting prospect dropped down to 2m4f and can land a useful handicap this season, with very fluent jumping a major asset when ridden more positively.
CINDERS AND ASHES - Ascot - Friday 18th November - Result 2nd at 5-2
Donald McCain holds this bumper winner in high regard among his powerful squad, and he was a well supported second favourite in a decent novice hurdle at Ascot. Settled handy by Timmy Murphy he appeared to lose all chance when badly impeded at halfway and dropping ten lengths off the pace. Indeed he drifted in running to over 100-1 on betfair as he seemed sure to be pulled up. However he really hit his stride turning for home, pressing the eventual winner hard at the last until understandably held on the run-in. This was an excellent start and he appeals very much as the type to run up a sequence granted a similar test of speed.
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