Welcome to the Eyecatchers column!
Showcasing our brand new Eyecatchers column, we look back at the previous weekend’s UK race meetings to bring you the verdict on a number of fine young horses we’ve ear-marked for success in the very near future.
This week, we focus on Newmarket and Haydock from May 30th and 31st.
Hound Music (Newmarket – 30th May)
May be under-rated in the market given her trainer next time out, but Jonathan Portman is well capable of training. In what may prove to be a good maiden, Hound Music looked clueless early on, green and was off the bridle throughout. Stayed on nicely late and can improve for a step-up to seven furlongs.
Baby Bush (Newmarket – 30th May)
The drop to six furlongs suited here and now she is in winning form she may be able to win again. Was tried in Group 3 company as a juvenile so a mark of 82 may be workable given she was cosy winner. Her win can be upgraded here given the early pace didn’t suit.
Life Partner (Newmarket – 30th May)
Bumped into a real in-form rival here and didn’t help his cause by being slow away over a trip maybe too short nowadays. Back on faster ground and up in trip could see a return to winning ways.
Epithet (Newmarket – 31st May)
Nicely-bred juvenile in the care of Charlie Appleby. Is bred to get further than six furlongs so made a nice start at Newmarket. Finished third behind horses who had experience and he gave them a nice head-start. Can win races upped to seven furlongs.
Disegno (Newmarket – 31st May)
Couldn’t be in better hands with Sir Michael Stoute and made a nice start in a six furlong Newmarket maiden. Was in a poor position given the pace and ran green before running on nicely. A step-up to seven furlongs will suit and has a fast ground action. Has a bit of size about him so should improve with time.
Pretzel (Newmarket – 31st May)
Could prove to be well-handicapped even after being reassessed after this run as debut effort last year is working out. This was a great start to the year on his second ever start and once upped to 10 furlongs can improve again. Seems to have a nice attitude.
Stomachion (Newmarket – 31st May)
Lightly-raced gelding who done well to win at Newmarket. Was in a bad position given the pace, but got up close home and looked to be well in charge. Did hang left so maybe is still green or doesn’t want quick ground. Looks to be progressing.
Early Morning (Haydock – 31st May)
Looks to be progressing for Harry Dunlop judged on his last two runs. This effort at Haydock has to be marked up given the good gallop he went and obviously bumped into a well-handicapped horse. Pedigree suggests a step-up to 12 furlongs will suit.
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