Back from a break with a racing review of Newmarket, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
Our eyecatcher is back from a week’s holiday and ready to resume the thread!
This column will be the last eyecatchers piece for a few weeks as we get our man to prepare a list of National Hunt horses to follow for the upcoming jumps season.
Once compiled and published we’ll resume with eyecatchers for the jumps campaign.
Previous eyecatchers to score since our last published piece include: Belardo 10/1, Commemorative 10/1, Kinglami 8/1, Fiftyshadesofgrey 6/1, Black Granite 5/1 and Prince Gagarin 4/1.
As this is the last flat eyecatchers piece of the season we’ve decided to note the horses that we feel need monitoring for the 2015 flat season that have run recently. The majority of them noted have that aim.
Here’s the nags that caught our eye at Newmarket, Lingfield and Wolverhampton over the past seven days.
Poyle Vinnie (Wolverhampton – 21 October)
Has shown improved form with Michael Appleby and again showed himself to be in good heart with a sound second at Wolverhampton. Having travelled sweetly off the strong pace he was the only horse of those that raced prominently to finish out his race.
He didn’t match the winner late which is understandable given the pace he chased, but he showed he’s in form and handles the Tapeta surface well. A strongly run five furlongs may suit as well as six. One to watch at Wolverhampton.
Lashkaal (Newmarket – 22 October)
Has obviously been showing signs of being a decent animal at home given she went off favourite for her first two starts. Has been a slow burner and maybe won’t turn out to be as good as connections thought, but in handicap company she can score.
The key to getting her head in front may be stepping her up to a mile or even further. She certainly looks like she’ll stay well next year.
Ooty Hill (Newmarket – 22 October)
A son of Dubawi and a half-brother to the 1m4f useful winner Dare To Achieve Ooty Hill made a pretty taking debut to score in this Newmarket maiden. Trained by Roger Charlton the Beckhampton trainer looks to have a nice horse on his hands for next year’s flat season.
Given his pedigree and how he gallops fast ground would be a worry and will prove best with cut in the sod.
Tatawu (Lingfield – 22 October)
As ever for most Brian Meehan juveniles Tatawu showed much improved form on his second start. He was lucky to finish second here given two horses ran wide, but it was still a good effort to chase home the John Gosden winner.
He’s by an unproven sire in Mawatheeq, but his dam’s side is full of classy stayers and this Sheik Hamdan-owned colt will be interesting when stepping up to staying trips in handicaps next year.
Wheat Sheaf (Newmarket – 22 October)
Another Roger Charlton runner to make the list after his highly-encouraging debut run in this Newmarket maiden. A lovely-bred son Iffraaj this Lady Rothschild-owned colt is a half-brother to the classy Richard Hannon horse, Barley Mow.
With a nice pedigree and top connections we can see him proving useful next season on the back off this promising run where he showed distinct signs of greenness. He will improve so he’s one to note in 2015.
Join us on our Horses to Follow column as we attempt to uncover some gems for the upcoming National Hunt season over the coming weeks.
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