Updated eye catchers and today’s interests!

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……..

Dinneratmidnight

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.

Rose Berry

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.

Whitecliff Park

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.

Medahim

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.

Mutarakez

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.

Vibrant Chords

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.

Stradivarius

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.

Powerallied

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.

Inshaa

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.

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The flat is back! Week one eye catchers

An absolutely fantastic time of the year, my favourite without doubt as we head towards the summer season, the flat, cricket and sunny days!

Here are the latest additions to the Proform Horse Watcher that you should be looking to back…..

Lord George

Steady improvement in 2016 and actually ran really well in a race where they didn’t go quick on re-appearance at Newcastle. Race was won by Wild Hacked which stacks up with the Big Country form and is very strong indeed. Considering he was hampered up the straight and they didn’t go a great pace, he did really well to get as close as he did. Quite possibly a pattern horse moving forward and should be followed under optimum conditions.

Amood

A very interesting run after completely missing the break at Newcastle on 14th April 17. He has shown a real liking to this place and is on a nice mark. After missing the break he effectively finished on the bridle after just getting stuck behind a wall of horses about a furlong and a half out. He has clearly come on for his initial outing and is surely ready to win and should be kept on the right side of.

Scuzeme

Having won his maiden really easily at Newcastle in January he took another step forward with his run on handicap debut at Nottingham 12th april. Held up out the back he made smooth headway to come through the field to finish 2nd to what looked like an absolute handicap blot in Justanotherbottle. He won this off 73 but could be at least a 90+ horse so I have to mark up Scuzeme. If you watch the video closely, Phil Makin can see that the race is gone and is very sympathetic with him close home yet he still comfortably picks up 2nd. There is every chance on pedigree that he may appreciate a step up to 6 at some point too. One to follow with interest.

Weekend Offender

A large eye catcher at Nottingham on his re-appearance 12/4/17. Downside to this one is that his run would have been picked up by all the decent race readers and might not be any price at all. Firstly it was a day at Notts were being handy was an advantage. He was noted travelling really well back in the field and as the race developed he had to wait for the gaps to appear before moving to the outside to challenge. He made ground up quickly and was surely unlucky. He has come on for his first run in his first two seasons so should be of major interest in the coming weeks with conditions to suit. Bearing in mind he’s a Lope De Vega, soft ground should not be a problem at all.

Hertford Dancer

She’s only rated 72 and is one of the lesser lights for Gosden but again she has shaped here (12th April – Nottingham) like she is going to be a middle distance horse. Outpaced and slightly unbalanced as the race quickened turning for home, once she was switched out wide she stayed on really nicely without ever really looking like winning. She looks a 12f+ horse to me on all evidence and when stepped up in trip, if placed well she’ll be wining races soon.

Masarzain

Not one for maximum faith but quite interesting all the same. Having steadily dropped down the weights over the last six months he is on an attractive mark. His run at Catterick 12th April has pricked my interest. He was in first time blinkers off a career low mark of 65 and was a little slowly into stride which meant that he was poorly placed at the rear of the field. After coming four wide off the bend, he played bumper cars for the first furlong in the straight but once seeing clear daylight he picked up really well without the weapons being chucked at him. One to keep on side

The Armed Man

This is only a minor entry. Seems to have done well over the winter and travelled really smoothly at Catterick in apprentice race on re-appearance when given a really poor ride by Paula Muir. The horse effectively carried her and nothing more, she took about 100 yards to get her stick sorted. Having tickled down the weights, chances are he’s on a winning mark.

Desert Ruler

Looks to have done well from 3 to 4 and was absolutely desperate on re-appearance at Ponte 11th April. He was in last on the rail turning in and couldn’t get a clear run. When the gaps came he absolutely flew and just failed to get there. He’ll probably get a rise in the weights for this and would have been picked up by quite a few eyes but he looks like a seriously well handicapped horse on that evidence.

Melabi

Has changed hands several times which may mean all is not grand but since his switch to Richard Ford he has managed to get him dropped another ten pounds to 67. Peak rating of 80 after his maiden win means he’s on a nice mark now and if you watch his comeback run at Pontefract 11th april 17 you might be salivating. Jockey never moved a muscle on him after a tardy start until long after the race had gone and to the untrained eye it looked like he was just plugging on for a nice fourth place. Watch more closely and you’ll see there is very minimal effort. Chances are he will get dropped a coupled more for this and will become very interesting now in the coming weeks.

A note to remind you all that NEXT STAGE is entered at Newmarket on Tuesday. He hated the soft ground on his final run last year but on what he showed us previously, must be ahead of his mark and should be backed with the ground drying out.