Under the Radar #13

Last weekend Charlie Parker-Turner’s Under the Radar feature added another ‘next time out’ winner to its collection as #11 pick, Tintoretto won a Class 2 at odds of 13/2 just 22 days after being highlighted. Hopefully, the following four horses will be just as successful in their next few races.

Murau (4th)

Black and white silks, (James Fanshawe)

Wednesday 28th April – 13.50 Wolverhampton

The debut of Murau was incredibly eye-catching and connections will have been very happy with the promise that was shown. Plenty went wrong in the early stages of the race for the three-year-old but the way he stayed on showed more than enough to warrant him being added to trackers.

Murau was very slowly away and jockey Daniel Muscutt had to urge his mount along to close on the pack, which would have taken a lot out of James Fanshawe’s gelding considering the early fractions were very quick. Coming on to the home straight, Murau was still down the field as the front five attempted to pull clear of the rest. However, after being asked for more by Muscutt, Murau displayed a great turn of foot and managed to close the growing gap fairly quickly.

The gelding hit the line very strongly and still looked full of running, which is no surprise given that his pedigree suggests he was bred to run over longer than this 1m trip. Considering how poorly he broke, Murau looks a promising sort and will definitely win races in the future.

Sea Karats (2nd)

Yellow silks with purple star, (William Haggas)

Sunday 2nd May – 14.25 Newmarket

After an exciting but unlucky debut just two weeks ago, all eyes were on Sea Karats to right the wrongs of her debut at Newmarket in the Pretty Polly Stakes. The three-year-old ran a great race but was let down by her greenness in the final few furlongs, which shouldn’t be an issue in the near future.

William Haggas’ filly was very well supported on debut and her performances completely justify that. She broke well for jockey Tom Marquand and travelled sweetly into contention, however, she didn’t handle the dip in The Rowley Mile at all and was unsure about how to tackle the undulation. From that point onwards, the filly ran very greenly and when asked to switch her legs, her inexperience showed.

Sea Karats has shown that she is more than capable of winning good quality races this season. So far she has beaten some good prospects and, in doing so, looked an even better one herself. 

Mishal Star (4th)

Purple and white silks, (Tom Ward)

Thursday 29th April – 18.40 Chelmsford City

After an impressive debut season in 2020, Tom Ward’s yard has every right to have high hopes for their stable star Mishal Star. On seasonal reappearance, the filly was incredibly unlucky not to truly run her race in the Chelmer Fillies’ Stakes as she was short of room when about to quicken to challenge.

The three-year-old broke well and was held up by jockey Oisin Murphy, getting a prime position on the rail. Then, as Mishal Star began to cruise into contention, she was caught in a pocket and had nowhere to go. Murphy did all he could to try and weave his way around the wall of horses but there was simply nothing he could do besides sit and suffer for just over a furlong.

After being pulled very wide, Mishal Star picked up smartly and stormed down the outside in stylish fashion. Given how much ground she had to give away to the first, second and third-placed runners, it would be silly not to imagine Mishal Star finishing much closer to the eventual winner, Happy Romance. Tom Ward certainly has a useful prospect on his hands and she could win him some top races this season.

Ocean Eyes (5th)

White, grey and black silks, (Richard Spencer)

Wednesday 28th April – 16.05 Wolverhampton

Expectations were potentially unreasonably high for Ocean Eyes last season, with the filly not firing in all four of her starts in Class 2 races. Now back in Class 5 company, her most recent run certainly indicated that she is capable of winning races at this level.

Ocean Eyes broke well and was in touch for the entirety of the 6f trip. But, when the pace quickened, it did seem to catch her out though as it took her slightly longer than her other rivals to reach top gear. Under mainly hands and heels, the filly soon picked up for jockey Megan Nicholls and made up good ground through the heart of the field to finish just outside of the bunched finish.

The drop back to 6f did look to suit Ocean Eyes, however, the way she stayed on could certainly justify running her over 7f. She hit the line the strongest of all in this race and if she was ridden closer to the pace I think she may well have got her head in front, especially considering Nicholls never truly got to work on her. Richard Spencer’s filly is certainly one to watch out for at this level this season.