Welcome to another edition of my horses to follow from last week. We keep up a fine record of having at least one horse from our notebook winning every week after Telecaster won at 7/1. Plenty of exciting horses to keep an eye on in the coming few weeks.
Tuesday 14th May
1:50 Beverley – Auchterarder
Not my normal sort of race race being a class 5 novice stakes for 2yos over the minimum trip. However, couldn’t help but notice this was run in a time over 2 seconds faster than the 2nd division, over a second faster than the 3yo seller and marginally slower than the all age class 5 handicap run later on the card. This coming from a 2yo filly making her debut! Looked very professional considering it was her first time up and was favoured drawn against the rail. However she beat a Godolphin filly who had raced before. Not an unfancied 5/1 chance Auchterarder clearly has been showing something at home. Probably getting ahead of myself suggesting the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot but is certainly one to watch closely where she turns up next.
Wednesday 15th May
1:50 York – Corgi
Tipped this up in the race where it ended up finishing a staying on third. However, despite its reasonably low draw it raced wide most of the way and was the only one to make a significant challenge down the outside, away from where the main action was taking place. Its form is very solid and I fully expect this race to work out too. Should remain very competitive in similar races I suspect.
2:25 York – Citron Major
21 runner 6f sprint will see plenty of hard luck stories and horses blowing their chances one way or another. One such horse is Citron Major who was slowly away, got blocked off when trying to make a move, leaving it a good length last 3 furlongs out. Then had to weave its way through to finish a running on 9th. Has form over 7f so possible it wants a fast ground 7f or an easier ground 6f as on fast ground it just found things happening a bit quick for it here. Won 3/9 last season and has been gelded last winter so not unreasonable to think this horse is capable of more and importantly looks the type we should get a decent e/w price on in the future.
4:05 York – Space Blues
Immediately taken by the win of this horse, destroying the 19 runner field with a devastating turn of foot which quickly put the race to bed. Didn’t get things its own way either having got shuffled back and having to make a dramatic switch to get the run, where it duly flew to win by 2 lengths. Seemed to benefit from the strong pace making it easier for the horse to settle having been keen in the past. Brittania handicap has been mentioned as a possible in the future which looks a good idea depending on what the handicapper does, though I suspect it will remain very competitive in top handicaps at around 1m.
Thursday 16th May
5:10 Newmarket – Dashed
A race where we backed the winner, I Am Magical, who stayed on strongly at the finish to win. However, it may be worth taking Dashed from the race for future reference. Lightly raced Roger Varian 3yo, she quickened up smartly at the 2f pole to go 3 lengths clear. But, she paddled in the final furlong allowing the field to catch her and two of them to duly go past. On her first start this year she was made a hot favourite but having led she faded badly over the 1m trip. Favourite on her last three starts she is clearly showing more at home and I suspect dropped to 7f will see her at her best.
7:30 Newmarket – Harrovian
Very impressive debut from this one considering it was slowly away, ran very green, never got a clear run before the penny dropped and it duly flew at the finish to miss out by half a length behind the favourite who was much more straight forward from the front. Should learn plenty from this run for a top yard who will have no problem placing it to get off the mark.
4:35 York – Repartee
Another 2yo that could be Royal Ascot bound. Well backed throughout the day, clearly this debutant had been showing plenty at home and that was backed up on course as it travelled well and won pushed out by 5 lengths. A very fair and professional performance, you can see it going on to better things.
Friday 17th May
5:25 Leopardstown – Toronto
Typical Aiden O’Brien 2yo newcomer. Green out the back it made steady progress to snatch 5th under a hands and heels ride. Extremely well bred (Half-brother to Canford Cliffs) it saw some support in the betting, backed in from an opening 8/1 down to 5/1. It would be a surprise if this wasn’t capable of improving considerably on this run.
1:50 York – Galadriel
Good Vibes picked up really well pushed out to win this listed fillies race and can improve again stepping up another furlong. However, it is the 4th horse that caught the eye in spectacular fashion. Galadriel was slowly away and very green in the early stages. Still last 1 1/2 furlongs out she really picked up well when the penny dropped to finish one position outside of the places. All this and she was also making her debut against race experienced rivals! Plenty of speed in her pedigree she can come on a good deal for this run.
Saturday 18th May
5:25 Newbury – Robin Of Navan
Despite the assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle, this horse got a luckless run, continually denied a run until into the final furlong where it stayed on really well under hands and heels. Making its 31st start, this 6yo was unbelievably making its handicap debut having competed most at group level. Seems to have a future in handicaps though and won’t always get such bad luck like it did here. When getting a run I suspect it could go very close.