I know the blogs over the winter were few and far between but I hope that plenty of you slotted Cullingworth into your trackers from the early posts. He re-appeared at Mussleburgh this week and travelled really well through the race before coming through well to win. He was available in the morning at fancy prices and returned at 16/1. Absolutely delighted with the performance of Next Stage at Newmarket on Tuesday too, the Defrocked form from last year was strong and back on better ground he was excellent.
A couple running today out of the Proform Watcher. That is Mystique Moon (5.20 Newmarket). I liked the way he dominated a slowly run four runner contest first time in a handicap. The result doesnt do him justice for how much he was on top and a 6lb rise won’t stop him. This should suit even better and he is well worth backing at a general 5/1 today, personally I’ve invested 3 points.
Final is a horse that I’m just a bit baffled at the campaigning of. He has shaped more times than I can remember like 12 furlongs plus is where he desperately needs to be. It may be that MJ has a long term target (Ebor maybe) and that he is trying to get as much out of him at 10 first. Anyhow he goes again today over that trip at Ripon and if he can get an early position and they go quick enough, he could well have a say in the finish. I’ve had one point to win (15/2) and will be having more points on him in the place and 4TBP markets.
On to all the lastest entries to Proform from the last week……..
Tends to come on for first run so highly encouraging effort on return at Wolves 17/4/17. All his wins have come at 6 furlongs so this was especially interesting over a quick five here. They went quick and he travelled really well from off the pace and was just punched out by Fanning close home. He is on his last winning mark of 77 and should be very interesting in the next few weeks.
A small note of a horse to follow. Been pitched in at the deep end a couple of times. Firstly her last run last season in a group 3, then on her return to action at Wolverhampton 17th April was thrown straight into a competitive 0-85 contest. She travelled ok through the race which was won from the front and was never asked too much of. That should have blown away the cobwebs and she looks well capable off 77 to me. I would assume next time they will look to slip her into a less competitive 0-80 and we can see her progress again.
Not one at all for maximum faith but shaped encouragingly at Wolverhampton on 17th April 17. Held up off a steady pace he went through it quite nicely, but got outpaced as the quicker horse accelerated. He was closest at the finish. this was 9.5f, his best efforts have been over a mile and a half and with his knee action and bit of juice might be ideal on turf. Going back through his form, surprised to see that he has not tried beyond a mile and a half yet. certainly one to have on side moving forward up in trip. Jockey bookings could be crucial.
A nice horse. He sluiced in on debut just before Christmas and re-appeared at Wolves 17th April when travelling through the race like much the best horse off an opening mark of 87. He was tucked in a pocket and was second to Original Choice (Haggas) who mas given a masterful ride by De Sousa. Frankie didn’t overdo it once it was clear he couldn’t win and I think on a more conventional track (straight) we might see him progress some way past 87. He has an entry in the 2000 Guineas, but they may take the option to bring him along steadily and take in a couple of handicaps instead.
Interesting if not all together decisive. A couple of lack lustre efforts to get him race fit this year before being pretty well backed at Newmarket 18th April. The race was won by the unexposed Next Stage of Godolphin (who I was extremely keen on) from the front in a race where they didn’t go mad up front. Mutakarez was held up out the back and went comfortably through it. When the pace quickened he just got caught on heels once or twice and was forced to switch and was doing all his best work late on. Bearing in mind his mark has dropped from 101 down to 89 it seems he may be worth following for a few starts given his conditions as he was clearly better than the result shows. One note of caution would be that his head carriage wasn’t great. His best speed figures and ratings have been on genuine good ground.
Like so many sprinters, especially from this yard, he seems to have come on leaps and bounds from 3 to 4. He was heavily backed ahead of his reappearance at Newmarket 18/4/17 and it was absolute head in hands stuff. He tanked through the race off a strong gallop but just as the race developed he got squeezed out at a crucial stage. Once in the clear he flew but it was too late and he finished on the heels of the leaders, i’ve absolutely no doubt he would have run out a ready winner. Given he’s already rated 90, not sure what will be next as they may well head in to pattern company, but if they stay in handicaps he is a must bet next time. Definitely one to follow with interest.
Very much learning on the job and after scrambling home in his maiden he moved into handicap company for the first time at Beverley 19/4. Moving up to ten furlongs for the first time, the further he went the better and he laughed at his rivals close hom on what is ultimately a speed favouring track off his opening mark of 78. Mr Handicapper is likely to give him a sharp rise for this, probably 10lbs I would imagine but that should not be stopping the progress as his pedigree screams a mile and a half. As he steps up in trip, keep following.
Just a small note, he didn’t run as badly as the result may suggest at Beverley on his return 19/4. He came on a bit for first run last year and has a good record round Chester, so would be interesting if he turns up there off what is a winnable mark, especially as he may got another small drop for this effort.
Our Charlie Brown
Held up on return off a strong pace at Beverly 19th April, he ran on late passed some beaten horses and shaped with much encouragement. This should bring him on quite a bit and I would expect him to take a step forward from this in the coming weeks.
One for a bit of a health warning as he’s still a maiden after 18 starts. He has though, managed to fall down the weights as a result and would surely have gone incredibly close to winning at Wolves 19th April but for 2 or 3 run stopping moves. The ay he finished off the race was eye-catching to say the least. That just may be him all over but in this basement grade stuff he is surely playable.