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…..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.