Under the Radar #2


Never Said Nothing (1st)

Monday 28th September – 15.50 Bath

Winning a race after giving away three lengths at the start is an impressive feat, especially carrying
second-top weight and being the highest rated runner. However, the Mark Loughane trained
Never Said Nothing did exactly that.

The gelding reared at the kick before clambering out the stalls in a lazy fashion, gifting the rest of the
field a head start, allowing them to organise themselves and tighten against the rail. Jockey Edward
Greatrex then gave the gelding a peach of a ride, patiently waiting in the rear before swooping to snatch
the race late on.

Given that the three-year-old had to come six-wide to get to the front the winning margin of one and
a half lengths was impressive. Bookmakers may price him up too generously in the future.

 


Optima Petamus (5th)

Monday 28th September – 15.55 Newcastle

The first five finished within two lengths of each other in this race.

Liam Bailey’s Optima Petamus missed the break and had poor luck in-running.

The gelding stumbled out of the stalls but showed maturity to quickly settle in the rear for Phil Dennis.
The eight-year-old breezed into contention and was travelling well until being caught behind a wall
of tiring legs and left with nowhere to go.

He lost a few seconds as he was forced to sit and wait. Every horse that finished in front of Optima
Petamus had first run on him.

When the eight-year-old did eventually find daylight he found plenty and hit the line strongest
of them all.

With a clear run and a good break, the horse would’ve been a close second or even got his head
in front. It would be reckless to say ‘he wins next time out’ given just two victories in 52 races on
the flat, however he now looks more at home over the one mile and one furlong trip and wouldn’t be
without a chance if he returned to Newcastle, where he seems to go slightly better than other tracks.

Moans Cross (2nd)

Wednesday 30th September – 13.30 Huntingdon

The first National Hunt horse to appear in Under the Radar is Moans Cross, trained by David Bridgewater.

The six-year-old ran out an unlucky second on firm ground at Huntingdon last week. With a touch
more fortune he might have recorded a victory at attractive odds of 25/1.

Moans Cross raced prominently for jockey Brendan Powell, despite not jumping well, and was able
to stay on the heels of the firm favourite. Second from home was where the drama unfolded.

The leader fell and hampered those behind. Moan’s Cross, off the bridle for some time but still with
momentum, was more affected that the winner, Elkstone, who just got up.

Moan’s Cross is tumbling down the ratings and may well find himself on a handy mark to gain a second
career victory in the next few outings, especially considering he was always in contention despite
some very clumsy and lackadaisical jumps.
 

Fresh

Friday 2nd October – 16.50 Ascot

The final race of the card was a competitive Class 2 Handicap over six furlongs. The takeaway was
James Fanshawe’s Fresh.

The three-year-old is becoming renowned for strong finishes. This was his best performance to date,
even if he did lose by a nose.

Fresh broke well and settled in the pack. The going was the softest he had encountered. When the
pace quickened he lost a few lengths. The winner, Stone Circle, had a clear passage open up on the
rail, while Fresh was forced 6-wide.

Despite his sire and dam performing best over six furlongs, there is potential for Fresh to run over
seven, and, as he matures and grows, maybe even a mile.

The colt is one on the up and will certainly win races. Given his running style, it may be worth keeping
an eye on his price in-running.

By Charlie Parker-Turner
@CParkerTurner