Under the Radar #1

 

 

Week beginning 14th September

Welcome to Under the Radar, Old Gold Racing’s new fortnightly tipping feature.

 

Arenas Del Tiempo (4th) Tuesday 15th September – 15.55 Kempton

In a race that finished with the 15/8 favourite Lovely Breeze just getting the better of Sir Michael Stoute’s
Portfolio, you might assume it would be the latter underlined first on this list – wrong.

I thought the run from the fourth placed Arenas Del Tiempo for Luke Morris was incredibly promising and
the biggest takeaway from that maiden.

The debutant went off at odds of 33/1. After completely missing the break and having to be rousted
along for the opening furlong, the lack of support for the filly looked justified.

She eventually settled well at the rear of the field and coming off the bend was the only horse still on
the bridle.

Frustratingly for Morris, missing the kick meant that he was caught in overwhelming traffic and left with
nowhere to go until the cut away at the two furlong pole.

When a gap did emerge, Simon Dow’s two-year-old finished with plenty of speed and energy, passing
eight horses in just over a furlong to finish fourth.

With a good break and a clear run, I think the filly could have been involved in the photo and fourth
place doesn’t show how promising the run was. She’s one to keep on side of in her next few runs.

 

Zeyaadah (1st) Wednesday 16th September – 14.25 Beverley

Winning at 4/7 is hardly ‘under the radar’, but the manner of Zeyaadah’s most recent victory was
incredibly taking. I think many are underestimating how good Roger Varian’s filly might be.

After a convincing victory on debut despite a dreadful start, Jack Mitchell’s ride attracted support on
the assumption that if she broke well she would win.

But after another poor beginning the two year old hung left and was forced into being held up. The by
Tamayuz filly then found her rhythm but still had plenty of ground to make coming on to the straight,
with bookmakers offering 20/1 for her to win with three furlongs to go. When Mitchell urged Zeyaadah
for more, her turn of foot was impressive and she darted into the lead under just hands and heels.

Now two from two, it seems obvious for the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned horse to take a step up in
grade, and, potentially, in trip, given how impressively she stayed on when asked for more.

The combined winning margin of her two victories was 4.25 lengths but with better starts she probably
would have won by another ten. She is certainly one to consider going forward.

 

Wrea Green (2nd) Wednesday 16th September – 16.05 Beverley

Debuting against a 4/11 favourite that had good form against Class 1 competitors was inevitably a
tricky task, but when Wrea Green dwelt in the stalls and looked lost on the green grass of Beverley,
beating that level of opposition became an even bigger struggle.

For almost every yard of the five furlong trip, David Allan had to urge his mount along to keep up with
the field. When the penny dropped coming into the final two, the filly came storming through and burst
into second, finishing 3.75 lengths in front of third and behind the well-backed favourite.

It was obvious that Tim Easterby’s horse was learning on the job. There will definitely be a lot of
improvement to come from her. Her breeding suggests that a longer trip is well within her reach, with
her sire (Mayson) winning at 6f and her dam (Winter’s Night) at 7f and a mile.

Future runs over any of those trips could see her go one place better and a victory over five furlongs
would not be unexpected either given her turn of foot.

 

San Donato (3rd) Saturday 19th September – 13.55 Ayr

 

Roger Varian’s San Donato ran a respectable third in the Doonside Cup Stakes behind the impressive
Addeybb and 2019 Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters on Saturday.

The four-year-old, despite travelling past the two furlong pole looking the likely winner, didn’t look like
he stayed the entire 1m2f trip.

Just like in the Sussex Stakes (one mile), Andrea Atzeni had the horse in a great rhythm and prime
position but the moment the Italian jockey asked for more his mount found very little. Finishing behind
the two horses that he did is still a respectable result.

Questions are being raised about what his best distance is.

Having been tried at 7f, 1m and 1m2f trainer Varian looks as if he can’t find the right trip for his colt. The
113 rated Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum owned bay holds four entries in the next four weeks,
two over 1m and two over 1m2f, indicating that the horse is probably staying out the trip at home but
not putting it all together on the day.

I can only see him winning over 7f or maybe a fast mile with a good amount of pace in the race. He isn’t
really bred for longer trips.

By Charlie Parker-Turner
@CParkerTurner