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Previous Notebook winners include. Blakeney Point WON 9/2, Medahim WON 7/1, Cleonte WON 9/2, No Needs Never WON 8/1, Raising Sand WON 5/1, Rock Eagle WON 3/1, Raydiance WON 9/1.
NH winning notebook horses, Paddleyourowncanoe WON 6/1 < 12/1, Adrien Du Pont WON 9/2 < 13/2, Hawk High WON 5/2, Wishfull Dreaming WON 5/1
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On ground that would have been quicker than ideal he turned for home travelling best of all and whilst not quite letting himself down on the ground, still finished his race off pretty well, beaten just over 2 lengths into 5th place. Now a 7yo, so perhaps not quite the force of old, he’s down to a mark lower than when last winning in October last year and when encountering a slightly softer surface he looks very capable of winning again.
Would perhaps have wanted a little more rain for his optimum conditions and can be considered pretty unlucky not to have placed at the very least here. Out the back with the eventual winner, he stayed to make his move around the same time as Fayez, but was blocked at a crucial stage, just as the main players started to properly quicken. Having found daylight he was in the process if hitting full stride only to be snatched up again eventually finishing 10th. Very unlucky and now back to a winning handicap mark, when he gets a soft surface over this trip he’s ready to win a decent handicap.
Update: Ran well in a better class race behind Desert Encounter later in the week, which hopefully won’t impact on his handicap mark.
Update: Again ran on ground faster than ideal at Newmarket, so can be forgiven that run, especially at over 1m4f in a race where stamina came tot he fore, he understandably faded.
Goodwood, Moll Davis
A lightly raced 3yo filly who didn’t race as a 2yo has improved with every run and won for the first time at Hamilton last time. This was a big step up in class, but she was incredibly unlucky not to win, having finished full of running into 5th. Held up off the pace, when they turned for home she was travelling very strongly but stuck on the inside with nowhere to go. Even when she was switched she found more trouble and almost came to a stop before finishing strongly when the race was all over. She is undoubtably ahead of her handicap mark and compensation awaits.
Update: Won easily at a short price next time.
Goodwood, Dal Horrisgle
Faced quite a tall order based on ratings anyway, having won a handicap off a mark of 90 on his last start. A half-brother to the stables Dal Harralid who progressed from handicaps to pattern level, but after a more patient approach, and he was also best over slightly further. Dal Horrisgle, under the circumstances ran a really promising race having been out paced when the race got serious, he stayed on really well in the closing stages. Perhaps a drop back into handicap company for the short term, he’s got the potential to develop into a group race winner perhaps over this trip, but more likely over slightly further. The Melrose at York in August springs immediately to mind.
Could be seen to be travelling extremely well when the majority of the field were being scrubbed along. Had to wait for the gaps to open, but then didn’t pick up as you may have expected, fading badly to finish near the back of the field. It’s quite possible he simply didn’t let himself down on the quick ground. A winner at Kempton when the surface was rising standard to slow, he may be best when returning to that surface, or when encountering soft ground. The way he travelled here suggest he has ability to win races off his current mark.
Newmarket, Not So Sleepy
For a horse that has shown the majority of his best form on a surface with plenty of juice, this seemingly exposed 7yo ran a really promising race on his first attempt at a staying trip. He is relatively well handicapped at present and the way his finished his race off here suggests if tried over a similar trip next time, on ground perhaps a little less lively he could well get back in the winners enclosure.
Update: Ran really when finishing 2nd to an improver next time.
Goodwood, Rock Eagle
Already one of our Ten to Follow and if you haven’t backed him for the Tote Ebor yet, then we advise you do after this comeback run.
Set a really stiff task on his return racing against rivals rated 13lbs or more higher he ran an absolute blinder. Out-paced when his classier and speedier rivals quickened, he could be seen to be closing as the got near the finish line and wasn’t beaten far at all. He’ll be much better for that run and stepping up in trip to the Ebor distance of 1m6f and on the back of that run has been raised 5lbs to a mark of 102. That should see him getting into what is clearly his target at York and this was a really nice return to action, suggesting he has an awful lot more to come.
Update: Is unfortunately on the easy list until next season, so we’ll keep him in mind for then.
York, Bless Him
Lost his way a little bit having won the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in 2017, but looked on the way back here after a very promising run on his return to action. Held up off the pace, he travelled really sweetly and having been switched around the field finished his race off nicely without being given a hard time. This is sure to put him spot on for a tilt at a big handicap next time; something like the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot.
Update: Ran really well from a poor draw at Chelmsford when a staying on 4th and is still very much one to keep an eye on.
Update: Wouldn’t have been suited by the small field and slow pace at Windsor. Travelled strongly and looks to be in great nick, just needs decent ground and a strong paced race to run at.
Update: With the stable out of form, he wasn’t expected to run well at Glorious Goodwood, which was the case.
Ascot, Raising Sand
For a horse that tends to improve for his return to action he ran an extremely encouraging race from a career high mark following his victory at Ascot last October; as it happens when a notebook horse of ours from earlier that season. He absolutely revels in soft ground, the deeper the better and when encountering those conditions, he proved here can without doubt win off his current rating. Towards the rear early on he flew home on the nearside finishing by far the strongest of the entire field. He has the pace to win over 7f, but also the stamina for a mile and maybe even further. He seems very suited by the stiff finish at Ascot and whilst the summer fast ground handicaps may not ideally suit, he’s one to keep in mind for later in the season when the softer ground returns.
Update: Ran a cracking race in the Royal Hunt Cup, might want the ground even softer than at Ascot.
Update: Won the big 7f handicap on King George day, very much suited by the overnight rain. – WON 8/1
Chester, Fox Chairman
A big step up in class after his impressive maiden victory at Newbury and he was very unlucky not to finish a lot closer. Trapped behind horses when they started to race for home, he only really saw daylight late on barely getting into full stride, yet he still stayed on in eye-taking fashion, albeit it too late on this occasion. He’s a good deal better than the bare result and can be competitive at Group level.
Update: Unlucky again when staying on strongly into 2nd place at Ascot.
Update: Won easily next time, at short odds.
Newmarket, Spirit Ridge
Quite lightly raced for a staying handicapper, and he very much looked like a stayer here, nut quite being able to match the pace of the leaders over this trip.
Twice a winner over the trip last season, he was really well backed and was clearly fancied. A little lit up early on, he was out-paced when the race got serious, but stayed on nicely. He looks sure to benefit from a step up in trip and looks sure to progress throughout the season.
Update: Disappointed at Newmarket on unsuitable ground, worth another chance.
Ran a really nice race on ground that would have been quicker than ideal. Held up early on he looked set to make his move when finding a little trouble in running just as he looked like he’d pick up and get competitive. With a clear run he’d have finished a fair bit closer. Dropped to a mark of 87 now, he’s clearly in decent form as shown here and on the All Weather recently and when racing on ground with a little more juice and over slightly further or on a stiffer track he’s handicapped to go close. He ran a fine 3rd in a mile handicap at the Craven Meeting at Newmarket last season and if they get some rain, that may well be on the agenda again.
Update: Ran well in 5th at Ascot on ground quicker than ideal. Is one to keep an eye on when getting his preferred conditions.
Again ran on ground quicker than he wants at Windsor, worth keeping on side.
Update: Ran on quick ground in an Amateur race at Sandown and ran well to suggest the ability is there when he get his conditions.
Having looked to have improved on her final start last season when stepped up to 10 furlongs, this mile trip was always going to be on the short side, and so it proved. Held up off the pace, she travelled strongly round the outside of the field, only to be out-paced by speedier rivals, to then stay on strongly into 3rd late on. She’ll be sure to benefit from the run and once stepped up in trip can win at this level or perhaps higher.
Update: Ran a cracking race when 2nd behind Lah Ti Dah at York and can win group races when avoiding a horse of her class.
Update: Ran a really good race at Royal Ascot, just missing out in a close finish – 2nd
Update: Ran really well at Goodwood behind the classy Japanese winner.
Ascot Day One, Fairyland, 5th King Stand,
Having not stayed in either of the English or Irish Guineas, this was a fair step back in trip, but she acquitted herself extremely well, showing plenty of pace over this minimum trip against some real speedsters. She couldn’t quite match the blistering speed of the front two, but stayed on really well and in a few more strides would have grabbed 3rd. A sixth furlong would be ideal and she’d be massive player in the July Cup, which we feel would be the next logical step for her where she would get all the allowances for being a 3yo filly.
Update: Ran a cracker in the July Cup placing 3rd at 10/1.
Ante Post: July Cup at Newmarket, 13th July – Fairyland (e/w) 25/1 Paddy Power & Betfred. – Result: 3rd 10/1
Ascot Day Two, Liberty Beach, 4th Queen Mary,
Finished best of those on the unfavoured far side, having travelled extremely strongly and quickened well to finish a highly creditable 4th place considering the pace and draw bias towards the nearside. She’d previously shown an impressive turn of foot when winning the Hilary Needler at Beverley, so handles a variety of ground and from a less fashionable yard could easily be underestimated in some future pattern races for 2yo fillies this season.
Update: Next time out, bolted up at Sandown showing an impressive turn of foot. WON 9/4
Update: Followed up again in impressive style at Glorious Goodwood.
Ascot Day Two, Stylehunter, 4th Royal Hunt Cup,
A little slowly into his stride, held up he was still travelling well approaching the two furlong pole and had to be switched round horses to get a run. Having to wait for a gap he lost a few lengths on the principles, but finished off his race really strongly, finishing as well as anything into 4th place. He’s won over slightly further before, is still lightly raced and capable of winning a decent handicap. He seems to handle most ground conditions and probably wants a stiff mile or slightly further.
Update: Never got involved at York from way off the pace, he may just want a slightly softer surface.
Ascot Day Three, Emten, 5th Norfolk Stakes,
Sent off an 80/1 outsider he far outran her odds, on ground softer than ideal having won her debut on quicker ground and looking as though she’d prefer a return to better ground. Racing on the nearside she looked one of the first beat entering the final couple of furlongs but to her credit battled on really well and finished her race off as well as anything in the race.
Update: Not suited by the soft ground on her next start, would prefer a return to a sounder surface.
Ascot Day Three, Fox Chairman, 2nd Hampton Court Stakes,
Having been really unlucky at Chester last time, is was unfortunately exactly the same here. He could be seen travelling really nicely on the inside turning for home, but with the leaders tiring he had nowhere to go and had to be snatched up just as the pace of the race quickened. Once he got into his full stride, he finished his race off strongly into 2nd place without ever having a chance with the winner. He’s without doubt capable of winning at this level.
Update: Won a small field race next time in good style.
Ascot Day Three, Queen Power, 4th Ribblesdale Stakes,
Things didn’t go well early on as her jockey struggled to get cover and she pulled really hard expending valuable energy. Having eventually settled at halfway, she was travelled best turning for home and showed her class to quicken to lead, before her early exertions told and she faded inside the final furlong. It may have been a case of her stamina running out as well as her behaviour early on. She’s clearly got the ability to win a group race and may benefit from dropping back to ten furlongs.
Ascot Day Three, Fanaar, 3rd Britannia Stakes,
Had shown a preference for a bit of cut in the ground as a 2yo and confirmed that here with a return to form. This also confirmed the fact he looks to be better over 7 furlongs rather than the mile, as he travelled superbly well behind horses here and having quickened really well to chase down the leader, he was unable to sustain his effort inside the final furlongs. He looks sure to win when encountering some cut in the ground and dropping back to 7 furlongs.
Update: Didn’t get involved in the Big Ascot handicap on King George Day.
Ascot Day Three, Awe, 4th Britannia Stakes,
An improving 3yo having won at Newmarket the time before, he faced mission impossible from his low draw here and under the circumstances ran a really good race. Held up early on he travelled very nicely and when asked for his effort had a lot of ground to make up on the leaders racing stand side. He drifted over towards them, so covered extra ground and finished really well into 4th place. He can win off this handicap mark and looks the type to continue to progress.
Ascot Day Three, Numerian, 5th Britannia Stakes,
Having outrun his odds on his last run back in March when 3rd in a Listed event, he again performed considerably better than a 50/1 shot here. Held up early on having been drawn in stall 2, but as a result when the race got serious he found himself with a wall of horses in front of him and nowhere to go. He was then switched around horses to race down the centre of the track and flew home. He can be marked up considerably on this effort.
Update: Found trouble before staying on well next time, he may benefit from a step up to 1m2f.
Ascot Day Four, Celtic Beauty, 2nd Albany Stakes,
She came into the a maiden after 2 starts, but that should be just a case of time following a massive run here in finishing 2nd in what looked a decent renewal. With a middle draw, she could be seen to be travelling extremely strongly and looked the likely winner as her and the winner pulled clear of their group. When asked she quickened half a length clear of the winner but didn’t last home. She’d be really interesting if dropped to the minimum distance as she shows such pace on her races.
Update: Ran over 6f again at Newmarket and looks like she needs to drop to 5f as suggested.
Update: Stepped back to 5f and dropped in class at Naas and won very well.
Ascot Day Four, Happen, 6th Coronation Stakes,
This was a big step up in class having won a Group 3 event last time when a fast finisher over 7 furlongs so the step up in trip was likely to help. The step up in class did show as having been held up she was outpaced as they turned for home, but stayed on really quite nicely against fillies rated a fair bit higher. Being by War Front she’ll also appreciate a quicker surface and when getting better ground she might well make the jump to this level by the end of the season.
Ascot Day Five, Danzeno, 2nd Wokingham Hcap,
Having been a group race performer a few years ago, he returned to form last time when winning impressively over 5 furlongs. His best form has tended to be on slightly slower ground, but he handled this really well. Held up off the pace he was always traveling well and finished vert strongly, just unable to catch a classy winner. If not penalised too much for this 1 ¾ length 2nd he’s clearly in fine heart and return to winning ways over 5 or 6 furlongs.
Update: Ran in a small field sprint next time and won easily.
Update: Ran very well when just touched off in a 3 way photo at Ascot on Shergar Cup day, would just have preferred the ground to be a little slower, and he’s have probably won.
Ascot Day Five, Perfection, 7th Wokingham Hcap,
This big field 6 furlong handicap looked to be on the sharp side for this filly making her 3rd start for the stable having previously been with John Gosden. She travelled nicely out the back, but when the pace quickened, she got tapped for toe, before staying on again nicely close home. She’s a classy operator but looks like she’d appreciate a return to slightly further. Whilst she is a 6 furlong winner, she won her maiden over 7 furlongs and had run well on her only ever run over a mile previously.
Update: Ran over 7f in Ireland, and ran well finishing 2nd to a progressive winner.
Update: Ran another cracking race in the Oak Tree at Goodwood, finishing 2nd again.
Update: Won at Pontefract at listed level over 6f.
Ran a really good race here off topweight where the lack of pace really counted against him. His best performance on the flat was over 2 miles, so a similar trip over hurdles as always likely to be on the short side. Despite winning and running well over the minimum trip this season, he very much looked more of a staying type here. Outpaced as the quickened for home off the slow pace, he stayed on best of all in the closing stages, making ground on the front 3 all the way to the line. A step up in trip can see him winning if given the chance before the end of the season.
Cheltenham Festival 2019:
Bright Forecast, 3rd Ballymore Novices Hurdle:
Stepping up on trip here he was held up out the back early on, but crept his way into the race nicely and stayed on really well into 3rd place. He’s a half-brother to a number of nice chasers, the step up to 3 miles could suit and he’s a nice prospect for fences next season. In the short term he can be competitive at this level over this trip or further.
Brio Conti, 4th Coral Cup:
A winner last time at Ascot, he’s always been held in high regard and looks to be delivering to those expectations now. He travelled as well as everything bar the runner up Wicklow Brave here and finished his race off well in 4th place, just done for toe by pacier horses. An aborted chase campaign after winning his novice chase in Nov-17, he’s got plenty more to come over hurdles or fences.
King D’argent, 4th Fred Winter:
Following just 3 runs over hurdles, this was a big step up in grade, but he looks to be on a workable mark based on this effort. He travelled sweetly behind the leaders and whilst not having the change of gear of the front 3, still stayed on really well to take 4th place. He can win a handicap if not raised too much on the back of this run.
Padleyourowncanoe, 8th Pertemps Final:
For a 5yo he ran a really good race here and travelled through the race very nicely. Right up there as they turned for home and going as well any bar the eventual 3rd he just faded in the home straight. He may well get 3 miles in time, but 2 ½ miles looks his trip at present and a drop back to that distance would see him in better light.
Not Many Left, 3rd Pertemps Final:
Is still relatively inexperienced compared to usual horse you’d expect to be contesting a competitive 3 Mile handicap, having only raced over hurdles 6 times previously. He jumped and travelled through the race like a dream and looked to have it won jumping the last. Just run out of it in the closing stages, this battle would have done him no harm and we’d expect see him competitive in these types events before perhaps being sent over fences in time.
Touch Kick, 9th Kim Muir Chase:
Beaten a far way in the end but he could been seen to still be travelling well and in contention turning for home despite making a bad blunder 5 fences from home, that looked to have knocked the stuffing out of him. To his credit he got back into the race and still looked to hold every chance as the approached the 2nd last, until the effect of that earlier blunder took it’s tool and he faded in the run for home. With a clear run he’d have finished a lot closer and can make amends another time.
Allaho 3rd, Albert Bartlett:
Only a 5yo and going into this race on the back of just one run over hurdles, this was a really big ask for one so inexperienced and a horse that looks like he needs to strengthen into his huge frame. Under the circumstances he ran a cracking race and cruised through the race like a horse with a huge engine. He couldn’t quite match the front two, but considering he only made his NH Flat debut in December, he’s come a long way in a short time and has plenty more to give.
Not Another Muddle 5th, Grand Annual:
A little keen early on his made an error at the 2nd fence and also pecked on landing over the water jump losing a little ground. He was then asked to make up ground quite quickly from the 5th for home getting onto the leaders heels, but jumped slow again 4 out and having to be asked to close again. To his credit he did and was right in contention turning for home and jumping 2 out. He couldn’t quite sustain his effort, but this experience would have done him the world of good and he can continue his progression over fences.
Style De Garde, 10th Martin Pipe Hurdle:
Having been runner up in the Fred Winter last season, he was looking like a major player again here, travelling really well when asked to race up with the leaders and the race got serious. Just about in front as the turned for home, his stamina started to give as they approached the final flight and he faded into 10th place. He’s clearly suited by a big field handicap, to help his jockey get him settled, as he can be a little head strong. A return to 2 miles would make him of interest.
Coolanly 5th Martin Pipe Hurdle:
Having contested some nice Novice Hurdle races he’d started to look a little disappointing, but stepped up on recent efforts here in his first run in a handicap. Asked for his effort early on he was in contention turning for home, but then got a little swamped as the speedier horses quickened. To his credit he battled on well and stayed on up the hill really nicely, looking at though a further step up in trip would really suit.
Dallas Des Pictons 2nd Martin Pipe Hurdle:
Perhaps a bit of an obvious one, but he looked and travelled like he was a class apart from this entire field all the way through the race. Still seen to be cantering half way up the home straight, he was only asked for his effort as they approached the final flight, and just couldn’t match the turn of foot of the winner. This was just his 5th run over hurdles for Gordon Elliot, he looks sure to stay further and in the long term he looks all over a future top class chaser.
A Plus Tard, Close Brothers Handicap Chase.
Making only his 4th chase start for Henry de Bromhead he put in an polish display of jumping to turn what is a notoriously competitive handicap into an absolute procession. Tracking the leaders he jumped for fun, taking it up 2 out and clearing away as though the rest of the field stood still and watch, winning by an ever increasing 16 lengths. Having timed him from the 2nd last fence to the winning post he finished in a quicker time than the Arkle winner earlier in the day, having raced over half a mile further. If you also take into account the last really impressive winner of this race being Road To Respect a couple of years ago, winning by 6 lengths off a mark of 145. A Plus Tard won his race off a mark of 144 by 10 lengths further. Whilst you can’t take that literally as the quality of the opposition might not be the same, it gives you an idea of the performance A Plus Tard put in. By the same sire as Clan Des Obeaux, he looks to have the world at his feet and we can’t wait to see what he can do in the seasons to come.
Ante Post: Cheltenham Festival 2010: – A Plus Tard – Ryanair Chase, generally 20/1
Update: Being only a six year old next year, we feel it’s very unlikely he’ll be aimed at a Gold Cup, so the Ryanair is most likely and we’d advise some 20/1 for that race is taken.