James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Six
Well, Derby & Oaks week has been and gone, and it was thoroughly enjoyable to watch. As far as the columns are concerned, Thistle Bird was the sole winner when bouncing back to form to land the opener at Epsom for the second time in as many years and she did so at odds of 7/2. It was good to see her prove that she’s in grand form after a mediocre return to action at York and some bigger targets await later on.
Arod and Tarfasha were the two picks in the big ones and both of them ran cracking races, the former finishing in fourth (like all good each-way bets!) and the latter in second behind the impressive Taghrooda. No complaints there and I think that Arod should make up into a nice type for the 10f races next term, whilst Tarfasha looks like she’ll be able to copy her half-brother Saddler’s Rock by staying exceptionally well.
Elsewhere, the only tracker horse lining up was Hopes N Dreams in the Epsom Dash and worries over her not being quick enough to make an imprint in the race were well founded. She missed the kick and found it all happening too fast, so we’re best off ignoring the run altogether and keeping her on side for again. A step back up to 6f is needed and hopefully there’s a race for her at Hamilton sometime, as she’s 6-7 there.
For the upcoming week I’ll be taking an ante-post look at Royal Ascot’s meeting and have already run though the King’s Stand Stakes in the hope of finding a winner. Some of the previous Horses To Follow picks hold entries; Dominate, Hopes N Dreams, Joe Eile, Monsieur Chevalier and Running Reef are all set to run between now and the end of the week.
Just adding one to the list this time around. We have ten performers on the go at the moment and the past week didn’t exactly have many of “my races“ (h’caps over 1-mile or less).
Horses To Follow – Week Six:
Barnet Fair (7th June) –
If you’re drawn low in the Epsom Dash, it’s always likely to be a difficult task to have any chance of winning and on Saturday, the first five home came out of 14, 17, 12, 13 & 15 respectively. Best of those drawn in the bottom half was Barnet Fair in sixth place and he clearly ran a mammoth race to finish there from stall 2, so might be worth taking forward into some of the sprints later this season. The 6-year-old son of Iceman isn’t terribly treated on his best form, all of which was gained under the care of Richard Guest (switched to Lee Carter’s before this season began), and even managed to get the better of a 96-rated Steps in a valuable Ascot handicap last July. There should be plenty of opportunities for him to line up in races like that over the coming weeks/months and after the promise of his Dash run, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go close to landing a big pot for his capable trainer.
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