Under the Radar #19

Some of Under the Radar’s most promising horses are running at Glorious Goodwood this week in what will, fingers crossed, be a profitable meeting for the feature.

Last week there were several very unlucky losers and I believe the following four selections are all capable of bringing us success in the near future.

Amanda Hug’N’Kiss (2nd)

Red and yellow silks, (Stuart Williams)

Wednesday 21st July – 18.30 Sandown

In a competitive race at Sandown, Stuart Williams’s Amanda Hug’N’Kiss really caught the eye. The filly’s greenness stopped her from making a winning debut, but she will have learnt plenty from this run and will improve significantly.

The two-year-old was very slowly away and never truly settled for jockey Marco Ghiani, taking a keen hold in the rear of the field. The pace quickened very suddenly just over two furlongs from home and it caught Amanda Hug’N’Kiss flatfooted and Ghiani had to urge his mount to find more.

Under pressure, Amanda Hug’N’Kiss showed her inexperience again by running around slightly and failing to hold her line. However, despite that, she picked up impressively and stormed down the outside in striking fashion. Her greenness carried her very wide but she was comfortably the fastest finisher. There was a lot to like about this performance and she will win races soon.

Stockhill Dream (3rd)

Green and blue silks, (Eve Johnson Houghton)

Wednesday 21st July – 14.30 Bath

In a very weak maiden, Eve Johnson Houghton’s Stockhill Dream was very well-supported in the market but failed to meet expectations on debut. She made several significant mistakes early in the race but still had every chance with two furlongs to go before emptying late on; she is one to watch in her next few runs.

Stockhill Dream was slowly away and gave the field, except the equally sluggish starting Rebel Spirit, a five-length head start. Eventually, once the filly found her stride, she made rapid headway around the outside and settled in midfield for jockey Georgia Dobie. However, Stockhill Dream only looked comfortable for a matter of moments as she hung badly right on the bend for home.

On the home straight the filly made good progress and had every chance, she showed a determined attitude and a willingness to find more for Dobie. However, Stockhill Dream’s earlier errors proved costly as she faded away in the final furlong. Considering the lengths she gave away at the start and on the turn for home, finishing three-and-a-quarter lengths behind the eventual winner, Point Louise, is a very promising result. With improvement on the cards, I would be shocked not to see her win races this season.

Ye Gud Thing (2nd)

Red and blue silks, (Hilal Kobeissi)

Thursday 22nd July – 18.35 Newbury

Ye Gud Thing is comfortably the most unlucky loser in this week’s feature. The two-year-old came second by a neck to 11/4 favourite Burning Bush in a 7f race at Newbury; however, on another day she would have won cosily. She should, and deserves to, make amends soon.

As the gates opened, Ye Gud Thing was bumped forcefully by Burning Bush and then by Fair and Square, forcing jockey Ray Dawson to hold his mount up in rear. Nevertheless, Hilal Kobeissi’s filly travelled well and when asked to quicken she found plenty.

Coming into the final furlong, Ye Gud Thing had already passed eight of her nine rivals. She was neck and neck with Burning Bush and powering home under strong pressure until the eventual winner began to drift right into her path. Although it was just a minor coming together it did mean that Dawson had to turn his attention away from applying pressure to avoid further bumping.

Ye Gud Thing was just 0.06seconds slower than the winner overall, so, with the two hindrances considered, she should have won this race.

Lady Rockstar (2nd)

Grey silks, (William Haggas)

Thursday 22nd July – 16.30 Sandown

Under the Radar #1 pick Arenas Del Tiempo won her second successive race last week thanks to an enterprising ride by Oisin Murphy. But backers of the second-placed horse, Lady Rockstar, will feel hard done by as Murphy was given far too great of a lead for a jockey of his experience. Lady Rockstar was comfortably the best of the rest and should find herself in the Winners’ Enclosure soon.

After an even break, it became very obvious that Murphy was instructed to make all, he took his mount 15-lengths clear after the first few furlongs and gave his fellow jockeys plenty to think about. Lady Rockstar tracked Omany Amber, who led the rest of the field, and travelled very powerfully for jockey Danny Tudhope.

Coming on to the straight, Arenas Del Tiempo was still comfortably ahead and it would have taken a very smart type to beat her with the advantage she had. But Lady Rockstar made up good ground on the leader and the three-year-old only finished three lengths behind the winner, two lengths clear of the rest. William Haggas’ filly showed a good turn of foot in the closing stages and under a more mindful ride, she would have won.

Under the Radar #18

Under the Radar selections were in the Winners’ Enclosure again last week as the feature has another three winners. Devaste (6/1), Poet Of Life (9/4) and Lady Lade (4/7) all won well and look capable of going in again.

Hopefully, the following four selections from last week’s racing will improve for their runs and continue our good form.

Tyson (2nd)

Light blue and navy silks, (Richard Hannon)

Friday 9th July – 13.05 Ascot

Richard Hannon’s Tyson came close to winning his first-ever race last Friday. The two-year-old was held up in rear but stormed home under a strong drive from jockey Thore Hammer-Hansen, finishing just a neck behind winner Robasta.

Tyson broke slightly slowly and settled in last place. As the pace quickened the gelding was still travelling smoothly and began picking off rivals as soon as he was asked to quicken by Hammer-Hansen a furlong-and-a-half from the finish.

After being switched to the inside rail Tyson showed a great turn of foot and powered home, if the race was any longer then he certainly would’ve won. He should get his head in front soon and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him hit some good form when that happens, especially as his previous form is stacking up nicely.

Ehraz (2nd)

Blue silks with blue and white striped cap, (Richard Hannon)

Friday 9th July – 13.15 Newmarket

In a race that annually sees smart prospects perform, it was the run of Ehraz in second that really caught the eye. Richard Hannon’s debutant made terrific headway down the stand side rail having been last with just over two furlongs to go, eventually finishing only two lengths behind winner Noble Truth.

Ehraz was slowly away but settled in the rear, showing slight signs of greenness but nothing overly significant. Gradually the colt grew into the race and began to understand what was required of him. Coming past the halfway point jockey Jim Crowley looked comfortable and, despite being eight lengths behind the leader, capable of mounting a strong challenge.

However, that gap between Ehraz and the front-running Sweeping was closed in a matter of moments when Crowley asked his mount to quicken going past the two pole. The two-year-old routed nearly the entire field and showed a fierce turn of foot, hitting the line powerfully despite no longer being under strong pressure. Ehraz could be a smart prospect and will win races, he has the potential to compete in some top contests going forward. 

Bouquet (3rd)

Pink and black striped silks, (John and Thady Gosden)

Saturday 10th July – 13.30 Newmarket

As expected, the form of Victoria Grove (UTR #17 selection) was franked last week when the second and third from her race came out and finished first and second at Newmarket. But it wasn’t either of that pair, Ardbraccan and Calm Skies, that caught the eye in that race, it was the third-placed Bouquet who should be added to trackers.

The debutant broke well but dwelt in rear for jockey Georgia Cox, reluctant to press on and be in and amongst the pack. The leaders quickened things quite early on and Bouquet had to be rousted along to keep up, but when the penny dropped she flew home.

Bouquet was the fastest in each of the final three furlongs, and she was significantly quicker than the front pair in the fifth furlong, when she was first asked for more, indicating that she has quite an immediate turn of foot.

John and Thady Gosden’s filly will find herself in the Winners’ Enclosure in her next few runs and it won’t be a one-off. She beat all the other debutants with ease and would have finished closer to the front pair if she wasn’t hampered in the final 100 yards.

Flying Secret (2nd)

Blue and white silks with white cap, (Eve Johnson Houghton)

Saturday 10th July – 13.50 Ascot

After finishing second between two horses with previous experience, Flying Secret is one to keep an eye on in the future. He showed a great attitude on his debut and finished very powerfully, the two-year-old looks capable of opening his account soon.

Ridden by Charles Bishop, Flying Secret jumped out to the left as he broke but was knocked back onto his line by Sir Duke, who swerved out to his right. From that point onwards it was smooth sailing for the colt as he settled in the heart of the field.

As the tempo increased, Flying Secret travelled well and picked up nicely when asked for more by Bishop, showing a willingness to press forward and battle. He accelerated up to the line in good style and may benefit from a step up in trip, I think he’s definitely one to consider in his next few races.

Under the Radar #17

Under the Radar has continued its good form in the last seven days thanks to Lady Lade (10/3), Zeyaadah (15/8), and Arenas Del Tiempo (8/1) all winning.

Hopefully, the following four horses can be turned out again soon and help maintain this hot streak.

Master Grey (5th)

Dark blue and maroon silks, (Rod Millman)

Monday 21st June – 17.50 Wolverhampton

The three-hour drive back to Devon may have been an awkward one for amateur jockey Patrick Millman after his misjudged ride on Master Grey, who is trained by his father Rod. However, the race did suggest Master Grey is ahead of his mark and should win races soon.

The six-year-old was held up in last place for the majority of the race but travelled well. As the pace gradually quickened in the final six furlongs Master Grey seemed to be coping and, despite still being in rear, P. Millman looked relaxed. However, that was until the leading trio kicked for home at three out.

The race suddenly became a sprint and Master Grey was caught flat-footed, but he did find for pressure and quickened well. Coming on to the straight, the by Mastercraftsman gelding’s chances of even placing were remote. Nevertheless, the way he finished was eye-catching as he powered home and hit the line strongly, if he wasn’t held up so far then he would’ve been involved at the finish.

Kawida (2nd)

Green and white silks, (Ed Walker)

Tuesday 22nd June – 18.00 Newbury

Had Kawida broken well then the filly may have caused a major upset on her racecourse debut. Ed Walker’s two-year-old gave her rivals a healthy head start but still finished just 1 and ¼ lengths behind 4/9 favourite Wild Beauty.

When the gates opened, Kawida stayed in the stalls for approximately 1.5 seconds before jumping, forcing jockey Edward Greatrex to roust her along and prevent his mount from becoming detached. Once settled in rear Kawida travelled incredibly strongly into the race, and approaching the final two furlongs she powered through the centre of the pack still on the bridle looking a serious competitor. However, eventual winner Wild Beauty had a few lengths in hand over her and she wasn’t able to close that gap.

According to Racing TV’s sectionals, Kawida was just 0.21s slower than the winner, showing that if she wasn’t so reluctant to break then she could have made a winning debut. This filly is one to follow this season and she will win races very soon, she will improve massively for this run.

Victoria Grove (4th)

Yellow, black and white silks, (Henry Spiller)

Saturday 26th June – 13.00 Newmarket

I could be wrong, but I suspect this form line will work out very well. All of the first five home showed enough potential to suggest they could go on to bigger and better things; one who will certainly improve is Victoria Grove.

The filly was awkwardly away but settled quickly in rear, somewhat surprisingly given how her nearby rivals were all incredibly keen. Henry Spiller’s two-year-old then travelled smoothly through the race and, although one of the first off the bridle, looked like she may cause a 40/1 shock.

But as jockey Hayley Turner switched Victoria Grove out wide for a clear run, the filly’s inexperience shone through and she ran very green. The debutant became uncertain for a few strides and lost her rhythm before running on again. This effort showed plenty of promise and she will find herself in the Winners’ Enclosure soon.

Point Gellibrand (2nd)

Navy and white silks, (Joseph O’Brien)

Sunday 27th June – 13.30 Curragh

The first five home in this race all finished within a neck of one another, and several runs warranted adding to trackers. But the most eye-catching, and unlucky, runner in the field was Joseph O’Brien’s Point Gellibrand, who finished second.

The two-year-old looked like he was going to win on the bridle two furlongs from home, but as jockey Shane Crosse attempted to weave his way into the lead he simply could not get through. Front-running Lucky San Jore and eventual winner Atomic Jones had Point Gellibrand pinned in. The colt had nowhere to go until 50 yards out when a gap appeared between the leading pair.

After a few shrugs of the reins, Point Gellibrand powered home in impressive fashion. He found a turn off foot instantly and if the race was just a few yards further then he would have won comfortably. He could be a smart prospect for connections and will races far better than this in the future. 

Under the Radar #16

Several Under the Radar selections are running/have run at Royal Ascot this week, and on Thursday afternoon we even had a winner at the meeting. UTR #15 selection Perfect Power, who was highlighted after his third-placed finish on debut, won the Norfolk Stakes at odds of 14/1.

Hopefully one of the following four horses, who all caught my eye on debut, can progress onto bigger and better things too. They are all certainly worth adding to your trackers.

Devaste (5th)

Purple silks, (David Elsworth)

Monday 7th June – 13.00 Lingfield

Devaste did plenty wrong on debut but showed enough promise in the closing stages to suggest he is capable of winning races soon. The colt blew the start and had to play catchup instantly, however he made eye-catching headway approaching the final furlong and should improve massively for the run.

David Elsworth’s two-year-old was slowly away and then, consequently, squeezed back by the horses either side of him. In rear, jockey John Egan then had to urge his mount along to stay with the field, Devaste looked very unsure what his job truly was. But when the penny dropped, the colt travelled well for his jockey and moved through the race well and wasn’t overly green. Just over a furlong out and he was only being slightly niggled along by Egan, looking capable of mounting a strong challenge. However, just over a furlong out he dwelt slightly, which allowed the frontrunners to get away from him, before he stayed on again.

Devaste recorded the second-fastest time in the final furlong, 0.15 seconds slower than Archie Watson’s Last Hoorah, which suggests a step up in trip would suit him. If he broke well then Devaste certainly would’ve been involved at the finish and I think we will see him in the Winners’ Enclosure soon.

Foden (3rd)

Light blue silks, (Richard Hannon)

Tuesday 8th June – 14.55 Wolverhampton

Foden is a name that will be on the lips of most English football fans for the next month as Manchester City’s Phil Foden is expected to feature prominently for the Three Lions at Euro 2020. But that isn’t the only Foden that Middleham Park Racing will be cheering on, their two-year-old made a very promising debut last week.

The colt was very slowly away but soon found his rhythm and settled in midfield. Coming round the bend towards home, Foden was still cruising, but his turn of foot on the straight was not immediate and that allowed the eventual first and second-placed horses to push on. But Foden then began to find more under a strong drive from jockey Sean Levey and closed that gap to just a length.

Given that Foden missed the kick, I think this performance can be upgraded slightly and hopefully, that will be the last time Richard Hannon’s colt gives his competition a head start. He will win races this season and is one to keep an eye on in his next few runs. 

Implore (4th)

Red and white silks with blue cap, (John and Thady Gosden)

Saturday 12th June – 13.35 Sandown

Charlie Appleby’s Native Trail was the horse that many will have taken out of this race given the way he lengthened away from the field with ease once he hit the front, but the fourth-placed Implore caught my eye. The colt was given an educational ride by Rab Havlin on debut but showed enough potential to warrant adding him to trackers.

John and Thady Gosden’s two-year-old broke well and was held up in rear by Havlin, who was clearly instructed to arrive late and not be prominent. Implore travelled well through the race and needed no encouragement to press on when coming into the closing stages, he simply cruised into contention up against the rail and looked like he was going to mount a strong challenge.

When asked for more, Implore did oblige but it wasn’t the sharp turn of foot required to be involved at the finish. However, he did show some promise in the way he finished, making up ground on the second and -third-placed horses and hitting the line very strongly. I expect to see the Gosden’s step this colt up in trip and he should be winning races of this level soon.

Poet Of Life (3rd)

Light green and dark green silks, (John and Thady Gosden)

Saturday 12th June – 16.00 Sandown

John and Thady Gosden unleashed another decent prospect at Sandown last Saturday, Poet Of Life. The colt shaped like he will progress into a very exciting type that is capable of competing in far better company than in this race, showing a great turn of foot in the closing stages having been trapped in a pocket for almost two of the three final furlongs.

Poet Of Life was keen in the opening stages of the race but jockey Martin Harley managed to hold him up in rear and settle his mount. The colt travelled smoothly through the race and looked set to move through the pack and into a challenging position with three furlongs to go, but every gap closed up for Poet Of Life and he simply had nowhere to go.

The by Frankel three-year-old had to sit and suffer until he was half-a-furlong out, which was when the field panned out slightly and thus gave him some racing room. After a few shrugs of the reins Poet Of Life found a blistering turn of foot and powered home, he will definitely win one of his next few races and looks like a smart prospect for connections.

Under the Radar #15

Slowly but surely we are beginning to see a fresh wave of exciting and promising two and three-year-olds up and down the country. Hopefully the following four horses, who all ran for the first time last week, will each be introduced to the winner’s enclosure very soon.

Withering (2nd)

Orange silks with black stars, (Jamie Osborne)

In a race where the first six home all finished within a length of one another, it was the run of Withering that really caught the eye. The debutant flew home under a strong drive from jockey John Egan but lost by a nose, however, if he had found top gear just a second earlier then he would have won.

The colt was very slowly away from the stalls and had to be rousted along to stay with the rest of the field. As soon as Withering settled in rear he did travel well and wasn’t overly keen either, happy to track the main group who weren’t going overly quickly.

Coming on to the straight, Withering was over eight lengths behind the eventual winner, Bicep, but after a few whips from Egan he made up good ground on the leader. He did take a moment to find his turn of foot but nevertheless his sectional times in the final two furlongs were very impressive. Withering will win races very soon and could be a smart prospect for trainer Jamie Osborne.

Cavalluccio (6th)

Green and blue striped silks with red cap, (Richard Hughes)

Tuesday 25th May – 19.05 Lingfield

Even though Withering was the most eye-catching finisher in this race, I find it hard to ignore the run of Cavalluccio back in sixth-place. The two-year-old stayed on well in the closing stages of this 6f race having been short of room a furlong from home.

Richard Hughes’ debutant broke awkwardly and slowly but soon found his stride and reattached himself to the rest of the field. Jockey Pat Cosgrave had his mount settled nicely against the rail for most of the trip, with Cavalluccio travelling effortlessly up until the home bend.

When the pace quickened on the turn for home the colt dwelt slightly and Cosgrave had to get to work to keep Cavalluccio in contention. The debutant took quite a while to find his top speed, which consequently meant he was caught in a pocket, but as he started to pick up he had to be pulled back by his jockey as he simply had nowhere to go. After finding a gap did pick up again and hit the line strongly, and with a clearer run, he would have finished closer to the winner. I definitely think Cavalluccio is capable of winning a race of this nature soon.

Perfect Power (3rd)

Yellow and black silks, (Richard Fahey)

Tuesday 25th May – 19.25 Newcastle

Anyone who watched the Newcastle meeting on Tuesday evening would have added Richard Fahey’s Perfect Power to their tracker. The debutant did plenty wrong but still managed to hang on to third-place behind two potentially decent types.

The two-year-old broke poorly and gave away two lengths from the word go, with the two best to break being the eventual first and second-placed runners. When Perfect Power found his rhythm he travelled nicely for jockey Paul Hanagan and showed no signs of greenness, which may have been helped slightly by the track being a straight mile. Approaching the two-pole the colt coasted into contention and then under hands and heels, he picked up well to pressure the front pair.

Perfect Power’s challenge fizzled out towards the finish as he ran out of steam, but that may be because he wasn’t under heavy pressure from Hanagan who had noticed that he wasn’t going to reach the leaders. With improvement on the cards, this colt should find himself in the winner’s enclosure soon.

Lady Lade (5th)

Red, yellow and black silks, (Keith Dalgleish)

Thursday 27th May – 17.30 Carlisle

On the surface, a fifth-place finish in a ten-runner field seems quite average. However, plenty went wrong for Lady Lade on her debut and she should not be underestimated in her next few outings.

Over a 5f trip at Carlisle, a low draw is always favoured. So, when Lady Lade was drawn widest of all in stall 11 connections would have had their fingers crossed that their filly broke well so that jockey Callum Rodriguez could have attempted to grab the rail. But things did not go to plan. Lady Lade broke slowly and veered slightly out to the left which meant Rodriguez had no option but to take the outside route.

The two-year-old made eye-catching headway on the home straight and did respond to pressure from Rodriguez approaching the finish but was never truly in contention. Considering how wide Lady Lade travelled in this race and that she finished only a few lengths behind the eventual winner, Wee Loch Less, I think her five in the form book undervalues this performance.

Under the Radar #14

In the last two weeks Under the Radar has added six winners to the collection. Tiger Crusade (7/2), Nagano (13/8), Gisburn (6/4) and Heights Of Abraham (5/2) all won their following races after selection, and Fresh (9/1) and I’m Digby (7/2) also managed both managed to get home in front.

With the fortnightly feature in such great form, hopefully, the following four horses can help continue that good form. They are certainly worth adding to trackers!

What’s The Story (5th)

White, red and blue silks, (Keith Dalgleish)

Thursday 13th May – 14.40 York

There were plenty of hard-luck stories in the big handicap fields at York last week. One who was more unlucky than most was Keith Dalgleish’s gelding What’s The Story, who encountered plenty of issues along the way that prevented him from being involved at the finish.

The seven-year-old broke well and was covered up in midfield by jockey Kevin Stott. With three furlongs left, the front runners upped the tempo and attempted to pull away, forcing several jockeys to ask their mounts to quicken to stay in contention. Although What’s The Story wasn’t facing any issues in that regard and still travelling smoothly, it was those in front of him that hindered his chances. The gelding was pinned behind a wall of horses for over a furlong and Stott had to pull him nine-wide for what looked a clear run.

However, What’s The Story’s response when asked to quicken wasn’t instantaneous and thus allowed 4/1 shot Matthew Flinders to come upsides and trap him again, this time behind a tiring La Trinidad. Again, Stott was forced to reign his mount back and find another path, by which time it was too late as the first and second-placed horses were already away. Nevertheless, What’s The Story did show a good turn of speed when in the clear again, finishing best of all. He looks on a good mark at the moment and should win a race of this quality soon. 

Babindi (2nd)

Black and white silks, (William Haggas)

Thursday 13th May – 17.00 Newmarket

Put simply, Babindi should have been awarded this race in the steward’s room. William Haggas’ filly was badly hampered when coming to win the race by eventual winner Bellazada, ridden by Martin Dwyer. Although Dwyer was suspended for four days for careless riding, having made no attempt to avoid hampering Babindi, the stewards let the result stand.

Babindi, who is clearly making an impression at home having been tried in a Class 1, travelled eye-catchingly well for jockey Pat Dobbs after being switched off in the rear of the field. As the pace quickened, Dobbs only had to niggle his mount momentarily for a response. The three-year-old made great headway and had every chance a furlong from home, but Bellazada came around her outside and hung straight into her path. From that point onwards, the race was over for Babindi.

However, under hands and heels, the filly did pick up again and hit the line very strongly. She will definitely find herself in the winner’s enclosure soon and gain revenge for this eye-raising decision by the stewards.

Constanta (5th)

Light blue and dark blue triangle silks, (William Haggas)

Thursday 13th May – 19.15 Newmarket

At odds of 40/1, there was no market support for William Haggas’ Constanta on debut. But that might not be the case next time out as the filly showed a good attitude in the closing stages despite running freely for the entire race.

The three-year-old was slowly away and raced very keenly in the rear. She did travel fairly well but jockey Liam Jones was never truly happy with her. Coming into the final few furlongs, Constanta had every chance to mount a challenge but the front four broke away from her very suddenly and left her backpedalling.  

Under hands and heels, in the closing stages, Constanta stayed on well for fifth. According to Racing TV sectionals, she was the second-quickest in the final furlong, with the only horse quicker than her being the winner, Movin Time, who had racecourse experience on his side. This filly will have learnt plenty from this run and will be one to keep an eye on in her next few races, especially if stepped up in trip or ridden closer to the pace. The form line of this run has the potential to work out very well.

River Alwen (3rd)

Yellow and red silks, (Richard Hannon)

Saturday 15th May – 15.00 Newbury

The London Gold Cup Handicap was filled with exciting prospects, and Bay Bridge ran out an easy winner with an impressive performance. But it was the run of River Alwen in third that caught the eye.

Richard Hannon’s three-year-old travelled smoothly in the rear of the pack for jockey Jamie Spencer and effortlessly picked off rivals as the pace quickened. In true Spencer-style, River Alwen was the last off the bridle and looked like he was coming to mount a strong challenge. But the colt had to hold his run for just a few seconds as he was pinned in by eventual winner Bay Bridge, allowing King Frankel (2nd) and Oz Legend (4th) to get first run on him.

As Bay Bridge pulled away, River Alwen showcased an impressive turn of foot after a few shrugs from Spencer. The colt ran on very well for third given that he was four lengths behind Oz Legend with a furlong to go. He will win races this season and should be a nice prospect for connections.

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.

Under the Radar #12

The start of the flat season is a prime opportunity to fill trackers with talented prospects. Many punters will be looking for winners who pull away from the pack or win on the bridle, but there have been many others who have run eye-catchingly well in defeat. Here are a few more to consider from this week’s racing:

Caturra (4th)

Yellow and black silks, (Clive Cox)

Tuesday 13th April – 13.35 Newmarket

Last week’s Newmarket meetings were full of exciting debutants. One that fell well below expectations was Clive Cox’s Caturra who didn’t handle the track, coming home a disappointing fourth.

Having been backed from 5/1 into 6/4, connections clearly had high hopes for this two-year-old but the dip in the track caught him out. The sudden change from downhill to uphill had Adam Kirby backpedalling through the field as Caturra lost all of his momenta.

After several shrugs of the reigns from Kirby, the colt did pick up again. However, it was too little too late as he was short of room and didn’t have enough time to try and squeeze out of the pocket. The market support for Caturra suggested that he is showing a lot at home and so is one to watch for the future. 

Nagano (3rd)

Light blue and yellow silks, (Roger Varian)

Thursday 15th April – 14.25 Newmarket

The debut of Nagano was full of promise and greenness, both in equal measure. The three-year-old was pushed along for the entire mile-long trip but still stayed on in good style. With this run now under his belt, he should improve massively and is a nice prospect for connections.

Nagano stumbled out of the stalls and was incredibly slow into stride, with jockey David Egan forced to get to work on his mount almost instantaneously. Roger Varian’s gelding struggled for the majority of the trip and was in rear for the majority of the race, but coming into the final furlong the penny dropped for Nagano and he began finding plenty.

Nagano showed a good turn of foot when he met the rising ground, passing several rivals and finishing a respectable third. There were plenty of positives to take from this debut and I don’t think it will be long until we see him in the winner’s enclosure.

 

Gisburn (4th)

Purple and white silks, (Richard Hannon)

Friday 16th April – 13.10 Newbury

In a race full of unlucky losers and potentially smart types, it was the performance of Richard Hannon’s Gisburn that caught the eye. The debutant was about to attempt to pull clear before being badly hampered by Amazonian Dream, who hung left into his path.

Gisburn broke well and led for over half of this five-furlong sprint. When joined in the lead at the two-furlong pole the two-year-old was keen to regain his lead and quickly tried to pick up again and keep his nose in front. Before Amazonian Dream hampered him, Gisburn had every chance and jockey Pat Dobbs did well to prevent the pair colliding, pulling his mount back and then out wide to avoid any incident of the sort. When given fresh daylight, the gelding did pick up again well and if the interference didn’t occur then he would’ve had a very good chance of winning.

This race looks like it could throw up plenty of future winners and this form line could be one to look out for. The way Gisburn finished suggested he was, in my opinion, the best horse in the race and he should be winning races this season.

 

Mary’s Pride (1st)

Light blue silks with white cap, (Vincent Ward)

Tuesday 13th April – 19.15 Fairyhouse

Coming into the final furlong, Mary’s Pride wasn’t even in the camera shot. Nevertheless, the four-year-old came storming down the outside and managed to lead in his final strides. The gelding, trained by Vincent Ward and ridden by his niece Laura, showed a taking turn of foot and there is certainly more to come from him.

Despite going off at odds of 40/1, Mary’s Pride travelled smartly in rear, not showing any signs of greenness or inexperience. Laura Ward steered her debutant very wide of the pack coming into the home straight, keeping him away from any potential traffic issues and giving him plenty of space to mount his challenge.

After several whips, the gelding found plenty for pressure. The speed Mary’s Pride showed in the final furlong was incredibly impressive and the half-a-length winning margin really doesn’t tell the whole story. He is certainly capable of winning more races and could be an exciting prospect for connections.

 

 

Under the Radar #11

The start of the flat season has already seen some exciting newcomers catch the eye. But there were also some performances from horses in behind that warrant adding to trackers too.

Here are four to look out for in the future:

Tintoretto (4th)

Pink and purple silks, (Tom Ward)

Wednesday 31st March – 19.45 Kempton

Having not won a race since June 2020, the late money that pushed Tintoretto into joint-favouritism suggested that connections thought he had a very good chance of getting his head back in front. However, traffic issues on the straight made it impossible for him to win.

After pulling hard on his last start, it was key for jockey Kieran Shoemark to get the six-year-old to settle in the pack. But in doing so it meant that Tom Ward’s gelding was boxed in when he about to mount his challenge. Tintoretto was cruising into contention before Ahdab was pulled into his path by James Doyle, putting a sudden end to his chances.

Shoemark eventually managed to worm his way through the wall of horses, but it was too late and Tintoretto could only stay on for fourth. He is certainly capable of winning races at this level and the late money suggests he is one to look out for.

Riot (3rd)

Maroon and gold silks, (John and Thady Gosden)

Friday 2nd April – 13.50 Chelmsford City

The father-and-son duo of John and Thady Gosden has had an incredibly successful start to 2021, operating at a 36% win rate at the time of writing. The pair will certainly feel aggrieved that they didn’t have another winner last week when Riot was travelling like the best horse in his race but wasn’t allowed a clear run.  

Having grabbed the rail early on, Riot got into a great rhythm for jockey Cieren Fallon, but as he tried to pick up he was pinned in with nowhere to go. The run of Joey Haynes on Alminoor meant that Riot was boxed in behind the frontrunning Asad, who wasn’t finding an awful lot under pressure. Fallon attempted to barge his way out of the pocket, but Haynes held his ground and the bumping match that ensued didn’t help either rival.

Despite being under little pressure, Riot managed to run on for third in the closing stages. If granted a clear passage then I believe the four-year-old would have won, and therefore I expect him to get his head in front very soon.

Heights Of Abraham (4th)

Maroon and yellow silks, white cap, (Keith Dalgleish)

Saturday 3rd April – 14.25 Musselburgh

Having badly blown the start, the fourth-placed finish of Heights Of Abraham was a very good run as he returned to Class 2 company. The colt finished strongly and has the scope to have a very successful season.

The three-year-old was slowly away and became detached from the field very early on, with jockey Shane Gray forced to urge his mount to close the five-length gap between Heights Of Abraham and the sixth-placed Colonel Faulkner.

Heights Of Abraham was still in the rear of the field coming on to the home straight but when asked to quicken again by Gray he responded and made up ground with every stride. If it wasn’t for his early mishap then I believe Keith Dalgleish’s colt certainly would have been involved in the finish, he will have learnt plenty from this run and is one to keep onside of going forward.

I’m Digby (5th)

Red and green silks, (Thomas Gallagher)

Saturday 3rd April – 16.49 Wolverhampton

Amateur jockey John Reddington’s first ride of 2021 started in calamitous fashion after his mount, I’m Digby, veered badly right coming out of the stalls. However, Reddington still managed to guide the gelding to a promising fifth-place finish.

After losing several lengths at the start, I’m Digby was also forced widest of the ten-runner field for the entire 1m4f trip. Despite that, he made up good ground through the race and was in the front pair coming on to the home straight. Frustratingly for trainer Thomas Gallagher, Digby ran out of steam late on and dropped out of contention quite quickly, which was probably a result of the longer route he had to take.

The run indicated that I’m Digby’s best chance of winning his first-ever race may be over this 1m4f trip and he is certainly worth another go over it. Having only been shorter than 6/1 once in his 15 race career, this four-year-old may pop up at a nice price soon if running to this level again.

Under the Radar #10

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival provided National Hunt fans with four days of much-needed racing excitement. The impressive performances by Monkfish, Appreciate It, Shishkin and Honeysuckle, to name a few, stole the show. There were, however, plenty of others who showed serious potential.

Here are four that punters should consider adding to their trackers.

Sayo (4th)

Green and dark blue silks, striped cap, (Willie Mullins)

Wednesday 17th March – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle

The handicaps are a dangerous game for punters at Cheltenham. Trying to decipher which runners are purposefully well-handicapped and which are simply just in poor form is a tricky task. The form of Willie Mullins’ Sayo heading into the Coral Cup was certainly of a horse that had been aimed at this race for a long time, and his run would go close to confirming that claim.

The grey was held up by Bryan Cooper but travelled into contention as he approached two-out. However, as he looked to close the gap on the leaders he was caught behind a wall of horses and left Cooper with no choice but to sit and suffer. Gradually the two that prevented Sayo from passing, Burbank and Garo De Juilley, faded and the seven-year-old powered home past tiring horses, but it was too late.

With fewer traffic issues, Sayo would certainly have gone closer than fourth. The speed he showed tackling the uphill finish indicated that this gelding is capable of winning races from his current mark and is one to keep an eye on. 

Haut En Couleurs (3rd)

Black and yellow silks, (Willie Mullins)

Friday 19th March – JCB Triumph Hurdle

The biggest eyecatcher of the Cheltenham Festival was Haut En Couleurs. The four-year-old’s UK debut came in an incredibly competitive Triumph Hurdle and he made a big impression. Willie Mullins’ gelding stayed on for a respectable third ahead of the popular Tritonic and the well-backed favourite Zanahiyr.

Despite this being only his second start, Haut En Couleurs travelled well for Paul Townend and responded well to pressure when asked to quicken. The French recruit jumped well and made up ground through the air, his jumping was actually better than plenty of the more experienced horses in the races.

Haut En Couleurs had only won a Juvenile Hurdle in France by a head before heading to Cheltenham, which must indicate that Mullins holds this horse in high regard. The form of that run is adding up well too, with the third-placed Magic Dream winning a Grade 2 in Auteuil. With this in mind, it is hard not to envision him landing some big races as his career progresses.

Edwardstone (5th)

Navy and light blue silks with cream cap, (Alan King)

Friday 19th March – County Handicap Hurdle

The placings in the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle were dominated by big prices, with winner Belfast Banter (33/1), second-placed Petit Mouchoir (22/1) and UTR #6 selection Milkwood (28/1) making up the top three. But it was the run of Edwardstone in fifth that caught the eye.

Alan King’s seven-year-old was stuck in the rear of the pack but stormed home up the Cheltenham hill to grab fifth. The gelding’s jumping let him down in the opening stages of the race but he improved as time went by; however, by that stage, he already had the majority of the field ahead of him. Therefore, Edwardstone’s early lack of fluidity in the air made it a near-impossible task for his jockey Tom Cannon to get him home in front. Given the circumstances, the fifth-place finish is very respectable.

Edwardstone finished very strongly and over a slightly longer trip, he certainly would have been in contention in the closing stages. This performance showed ability that would suggest his fourth career victory isn’t far away.

Oscar Elite (2nd)

Orange silks, (Colin Tizzard)

Friday 19th March – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

At odds of 40/1, Oscar Elite was far too big of a price in the Albert Bartlett. His first two runs in the UK were mightily impressive and then his two following runs were somewhat disappointing on paper but excusable. Colin Tizzard’s gelding ran a big race and secured place money for connections, and he looks like he will improve as he develops.

The return to the 3m trip certainly suited the six-year-old as he stayed on well despite being caught out by the early kick from Mark Walsh on easy winner Vanillier. Oscar Elite’s jumping was slick and jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr looked comfortable for the entirety of the race, and even when he asked his mount to quicken it didn’t require too much encouragement.

Going forward, Oscar Elite looks like he may go chasing next year, and if so, this will see him improve even further. If the Tizzard’s keep him at this trip, this gelding will be seen in the winner’s enclosure soon, especially if he takes to fences.

Under the Radar #9

‘First the worst, second the best?’ Let’s hope that is the case for these unlucky runners-up from last week.

Host (2nd)

Light blue and black silks, (Richard Hannon)

Monday 11th  January – 17.15 Wolverhampton

It was a successful Monday evening at Wolverhampton last week for Richard Hannon, with his only two runners finishing first and second in the same race. Both horses ran well, but I think there was a preference as to which horse should win of the pair – Muay Thai.

Of course, I could be completely wrong. But I think Thore Hammer Hansen could have asked his mount, the eventual second-placed Host, for more in the closing stages. In my opinion, he probably would have had it not been Hannon’s other runner in front.

The three-year-old was waited with by the apprentice jockey but made smooth headway on the bend and looked to be mounting a strong challenge. But, as Host quickened there seemed a reluctance for him to pose a serious threat to Muay Thai. Hammer Hansen opted to only whip his mount twice on the straight, then twice again just yards from the finish, even though the horse responds well to pressure.

The colt looked like he had plenty left in the tank and under a stronger ride, he may have won. I definitely think Host is one to keep an eye on, especially when the market speaks in his favour.

Woodview (2nd)

Red, white and black silks, (John Moore)

Wednesday 13th January – 16.45 Kempton

Sometimes it can take young horses a few runs to understand what is required of them, and that appears to be what has happened with John Moore’s Woodview. The three-year-old managed his best performance to date on Wednesday and looks capable of winning races in the future.

Woodview settled quickly in midfield for jockey Liam Keniry, showing no signs of greenness for the first time in his career. The gelding travelled smoothly throughout and even when the pace increased, he was still held together by Keniry.

Coming into the final few furlongs, Woodview was still cruising and was the last off the bridle. Then when asked to quicken, he obliged. Eventual winner, Nortonthorpe Boy, had broken too far clear to be caught by the time Woodview had reached top speed. But he still finished strongly and may have got his head in front over a longer trip.

Woodview looks capable of winning over a mile, but when he steps up further in distance I think he could take all the beating in these low-level affairs.

Kestenna (2nd)

Navy blue silks, (John Gosden)

Saturday 16th January – 12.50 Lingfield

John Gosden-trained debutants always attract market support. Therefore, it was no surprise to see Kestenna so strong in the betting last Saturday. She showed plenty of ability and is one to keep on side of in the future.

The filly broke poorly and ran greenly for the majority of the race. But, as jockey Kieran O’Neill continued to ask questions of his mount, Kestenna continued to find. Despite being off the bridle from a long way out and short of room on the home bend, the three-year-old finished with plenty of speed and managed to grab second-place on the nod.

Kestenna showed natural ability and speed, with a better break she may have even got the better of the well-backed favourite, Skulk. She will definitely win races and could be a decent prospect for Gosden.

Fils D’oudairies (2nd)

Black and pink silks, (Joseph O’Brien)

Sunday 17th January – 12.50 Punchestown

Unquestionably, Envoi Allen is the best National Hunt horse in training, so finishing within a few lengths of him is a commendable effort. Therefore, connections of Fils D’oudairies would have been very pleased with their geldings second-place finish behind him in the Killiney Novice Chase.  

After Asterion Forlonge fell at the first, the race looked like a simple task for Envoi Allen. But Joseph O’Brien’s Fils D’oudairies stayed on incredibly well in the final few furlongs to give the favourite something to think about, forcing Jack Kennedy to become slightly more animated in the saddle than usual to avoid the chance of an upset.

Fils D’oudairies jumped well throughout and found plenty in the closing stages. The way he hit the line suggested that he could cope with a slight step up in trip, or just a faster run 2m 4f trip as when Asterion fell there was no pace left in the field.

Under the Radar’s Previously Featured Horses

Name Date of Mention Form Since Mention Chances?
Arenas Del Tiempo 28/09/2020 (#1) 6 Potentially. He’s too young to rule out just yet. Over a longer trip and on slower ground.
Zeyaadah 28/09/2020 (#1) 1 Yes. She comfortably won a Class 1 Listed race so the claims are obvious. Holds an Irish Oaks entry.
Wrea Green 28/09/2020 (#1) 3 6 Yes. She has excuses for her last two runs.
San Donato 28/09/2020 (#1) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Never Said Nothing 09/10/2020 (#2) 9 8 2 Yes. He was well-backed last race and should be capable of winning a Class 6 soon. 
Optima Petamus 09/10/2020 (#2) 9 No. His last run was really disappointing and I can’t see him winning for a while.
Moans Cross 09/10/2020 (#2) F P 4 No. Comfortably beaten in his last three. He doesn’t look like winning anytime soon.
Fresh 09/10/2020 (#2) 2 Yes. I expect him to win several races next season. 
Finally Mine 20/10/2020 (#3) 9 Yes. Draw a line through her last run, she didn’t take to the AW.
Princess Midnight 20/10/2020 (#3) 1 8 5 No. She could slip down to a workable handicap mark but that will require a few more races.  
Giuseppe Cassioli 20/10/2020 (#3 ) 0 2 3 8  Yes. I’m surprised he hasn’t won by now. They tried a change of tactics with him last race which didn’t work. 
Zagato 20/10/2020 (#3) 2 Yes. He managed second in a Class 2 last time out despite breaking slowly. I’m expecting big things from him.
Galileo Silver 10/11/2020 (#4) 5 Yes. He had several excuses for his last run, which was his debut over fences. His next race will be more telling.
Cabot Cliffs 10/11/2020 (#4) 4 Yes. He ran well last time out despite winning greenly. That form is very strong.
Teona 10/11/2020 (#4) 1 Yes. Her last win was impressive and she looks special. Holds an Irish Oaks entry. 
Taipan 10/11/2020 (#4) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Tiger Crusade 25/11/2020 (#5) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Fanion D’Estruval 25/11/2020 (#5) F Yes. He looked like the probable winner when falling last time out. He holds Cheltenham entries so is clearly well-regarded.
Wild Romance 25/11/2020 (#5) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Wudashudacuda 25/11/2020 (#5) 0 2 Yes. He ran a good race behind a 4/5 favourite last time out. 
Ahorsewithnoname 10/12/2020 (#6) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Thyme White 10/12/2020 (#6) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Milkwood 10/12/2020 (#6) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Ronald Pump 10/12/2020 (#6) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Charles Le Brun 23/12/2020 (#7) 4 Yes. Judging by the gamble on him in the race before last, I think he is ready to go in and it is just a matter of when.
Getmegold 23/12/2020 (#7) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Foxes Tales 23/12/2020 (#7) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Espresso Freddo 23/12/2020 (#7) 3 Yes. He placed at odds of 22/1 in his last race from an awful draw. Should win soon.
Dickie Diver 06/01/2021 (#8) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Jack Of Trades 06/01/2021 (#8) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Rohaan 06/01/2021 (#8) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Chipiron 06/01/2021 (#8) 2 Yes. A solid second behind a fast-improving filly last time out. He pulled comfortably clear of the rest so is definitely capable.
Host 20/01/2021 (#9) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Woodview 20/01/2021 (#9) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Kestenna 20/01/2021 (#9) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.
Fils D’oudairies 20/01/2021 (#9) Yes. Hasn’t raced since selection.

 

Under the Radar #8

After a busy Christmas racing schedule, we return with the first Under the Radar of 2021. Hopefully, we can kickstart the year with some winners.

Dickie Diver (2nd)

Green and yellow silks, (Nicky Henderson)

Tuesday 29th December – 13.30 Newbury

In his first start since a creditable fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in 2019, Dickie Diver returned from his 655-day break in good style. Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old stayed on well to grab second behind runaway winner Paint The Dream in a competitive Class 3.

The J P McManus owned gelding travelled smoothly for Aidan Coleman and jumped well. Coming over the last Dickie Diver was six lengths behind second-placed favourite Demachine, but made up ground quickly in the final furlong to beat him by just under a length.

Dickie Diver will strip fitter for this run and will come on from it. The way he stayed on also suggests that stepping back up in trip would be the best move, potentially returning to a 3m trip. With this run under his belt, it would be no shock to see him winning a race of this standard soon.

Jack Of Trades (2nd)

Beige silks, (Simon and Ed Crisford)

Saturday 2nd January – 12.35 Lingfield

The impressive victory of Wake Up Harry was a standout performance on Saturday, as was the run by Jack Of Trades in second-place. The three-year-old finished four lengths clear of third in an eye-catching run that showed signs of significant improvement.

Jack Of Trades, ridden by Nicky Mackay, was held up in midfield after breaking well and travelled smoothly throughout. Coming on to the straight the gelding was caught in behind a wall of horses and forced very wide. Despite that he still finished well and found plenty for pressure.

After two disappointing efforts over course and distance, this run was a step in the right direction for trainers Simon and Ed Crisford. The way Jack Of Trades pulled clear from the pack was impressive and the form should have some substance to it as the winner looked a smart prospect. It would be no surprise to see Jack Of Trades winning a race of this nature soon.

Rohaan (2nd)

Navy and white silks, (David Evans)

Saturday 2nd January – 14.20 Lingfield

The risks involved in holding up a horse are huge. It could encounter traffic when trying to make up ground or the jockey may mistime their challenge. On Saturday evening it was the latter.

David Evans’ fast-improving Rohaan looked set to make it four wins in a row for the majority of his 6f trip, until he entered the final furlong. Jockey Darrah Keenan still hadn’t asked the gelding for an effort with 200 yards to go, by which stage it was too late. The eventual winner, Bravado, had broken too far clear to be caught.

Rohaan ran on strongly and would have won cosily if asked to quicken sooner. The three-year-old has a great turn of foot and will be seen in stronger races than this Class 4. With Evans revealing that he was unhappy with the ride post-race, it would be a shock for Rohaan not to win soon under a less risky ride from Keenan.

Chipiron (3rd)

Pink and green silks, (Ivan Furtado)

Saturday 2nd January – 17.10 Wolverhampton

At odds of 33/1, the market didn’t fancy the chances of Chipiron. But despite the lack of support the French recruit ran a great race to finish third on stable debut for Ivan Furtado.

Chipiron broke slowly but was patiently waited with by jockey Elle-May Croot, making her professional debut. The gelding then made steady headway down the outside and found plenty when asked to quicken, finishing strongest of the field.

The five-year-old hung his head right in the closing stages and Croot did well to keep him straight, which may mean he still had more to give, and the left-handed track of Wolverhampton perhaps didn’t suit. Chipiron won six of his seven races on right-handed tracks in France so a switch back could see him improve, especially if stepped up in trip. He is definitely one to keep an eye on.

by Charlie Parker-Turner

 

Under the Radar #7

With 2020 drawing to a close, let’s see if we can highlight some potential winners for next year.

Charles Le Brun (2nd)

Blue, white and orange silks, (Jonathon Portman)

Monday 14th December – 20.10 Kempton

The phrase ‘Christmas gamble’ has been thrown around willy-nilly this month, with smaller stables supposedly backing their runners at big prices knowing they are above their mark. One runner that failed to land such a gamble was Charles Le Brun. The gelding was well-backed all day and went into 10/11 from 3/1 shortly before the off. Charles Le Brun was the best horse in the race but he had no luck in-running and lost by a nose.

Richard Kingscote did all he could to weave his way through the pack but no gaps opened up until the final furlong, but by that time it was too late. With a clear run, as the market knew, Charles Le Brun would have won easily. He is one to look out for in his next few races.

Getmegold (3rd)

Blue and yellow silks, (Colin Tizzard)

Tuesday 15th December – 13.35 Wincanton

Heading into the Racing TV Novices’ Hurdle all eyes were on exciting prospect Sizable Sam, but it was the performance of Getmegold that had punters talking after the race. Colin Tizzard’s gelding ran on for an impressive third-place despite being out of touch a long way from home.

The five-year-old jumped well but as the pace quickened on the back straight he was soon outpaced. Getmegold kept on well for Robbie Power and finished fastest of them all. He made up at least twenty lengths on the home straight and, over a longer trip, he may have sprung an upset at odds of 50/1.

It is unlikely that Getmegold will be priced up at such great odds next time out, but he could be a good bet in another Class 4.

Foxes Tales (2nd)

Blue and white silks with starred cap, (Andrew Balding)

Wednesday 16th December – 17.05 Kempton

Andrew Balding’s Foxes Tales made a promising debut last week in a race that he definitely could have won.

The two-year-old broke poorly and showed signs of greenness before he eventually settled in the rear of the pack. Coming on to the home straight Foxes Tales had plenty to do but made great headway on the inside to clinch second, showing a great attitude and an eye-catching turn of foot.

The winner, Beating All, had a significant lead on Foxes Tales two furlongs out and still only finished a length ahead of him. I really wouldn’t be shocked to see Foxes Tales running in Class 1/Class 2 races in the future. 

Espresso Freddo (2nd)

Red and green silks, (Robert Stephens)

Wednesday 16th December – 18.05 Kempton

It’s easy to say “What are they doing? I could have done better than that.” when watching racing from the comfort of our homes. However, backers of Espresso Freddo had every right to exclaim exactly that on Wednesday evening.

The six-year-old travelled into contention impressively but jockey Dougie Costello gave him too much to do late on and handed front-running Mostawaa the victory. Espresso Freddo was still held together almost one furlong out and looked like he could win on the bridle, but Mostawaa found extra and left Costello’s mount with no time to quicken.

In previous races, Espresso Freddo has found plenty off the bridle so this was certainly a misjudgement by Costello. If the handicapper doesn’t hike Robert Stephens’ gelding up in the weights then I can see him adding to his six career victories.

by Charlie Parker-Turner