Nags to note from the past week’s racing.
This week’s Eyecatchers turns focus on recent action at Sandown, Chester and Goodwood to form the basis of our list of horses to watch for the future.
Basem (Sandown – 29 August)
This full-brother to the top-class Farrh may now be able to improve on his lofty pedigree he is learning to race properly. A keen type in earlier races it was good to see him settle and maybe Richard Hughes is the key to him.
Showed a nice attitude in winning this race and soft ground clearly suits him well. A strong run handicap over a mile on soft should bring out the best in him.
Commemorative (Sandown – 29 August)
Made a lovely debut in this Sandown maiden where the front three got a tidy head start on him. This wasn’t ideal as the pace seemed average and he was further back than ideal. Ran on nicely late in the race after showing signs of greenness early.
A nice-sized horse he should progress especially given his lovely Juddmonte Farms pedigree and better ground looks as if it will suit.
Dance Of Heroes (Sandown – 29 August)
Has only gone up a pound for a fine third in this Sandown handicap. Deserves plenty of credit as he chased a strong enough pace without cover and was a touch wider than ideal. Travelled powerfully before being unable to match the winner and second for pace.
The son of Danehilll Dancer hit the line strong, however and a step-up to 12 furlongs may now be needed for this lightly-raced type.
Ballesteros (Chester – 30 August)
Richard Fahey’s inmate now looks to be coming back to himself as he continues to drop down the handicap. While ultimately well-beaten here it was another sound effort to finish third and coming into the winter months he should soon be getting his favoured soft ground.
Once rated as high as 107 he now runs off 97 and a conventional straight five furlongs looks best, but the ground is his most important factor.
Secret Hint (Goodwood – 2 September)
Everything that could go wrong did for Secret Hint in the six furlong handicap. Having been drawn against what is the usual favoured stand side rail she looked set for a big run. However, the rest of the field surprisingly stayed straight leaving David Probert’s mount to race on her own.
Keen, she had no cover and no lead and got behind early. The well-backed favourite had little chance of scoring, but showed she’s on a workable mark. A flat big field handicap over six furlongs on good ground looks perfect.
Timba (Goodwood – 2 September)
John Gosden managed to get this nicely-bred filly to win first time out despite it looking a decent contest on paper and taking on more experienced horses. In a slowly run race she was held-up last, which wasn’t ideal, but she came home like a good filly.
This daughter of Oasis Dream was green in her run so there should be plenty of improvement to come.
We’ve had some great feedback on how best to improve the regular posting as as of next week, we’ll be bringing you progress reports on how these tips are faring in the grand scheme of things.
We’ve have had some very good fortune in presenting you with some horses who’ve gone on to nab some decent value for those who’ve taken note and had a punt; long may it continue!