James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Thirty-Four
Another blank week for the HTF list, although we only had two runners. The first of those was Drop Out Joe over at Ascot and, as with his first run for us, he was a massive price in a small-field affair, that helping to show what a mammoth task he had. The market was spot-on as he had no chance as it turned out, but he did finish his race off in eye-catching fashion up the home straight to nearly grab the runner-up position and when connections stop over-facing him, things might get interesting. I get the impression that he will stay all day and once he’s given a chance in handicap company, we’ll see his true worth emerge from the shadows.
Clockmaker made his debut for the squad but, once again, connections persisted with running him over a sprint trip of 6f and that ensured he had no chance, whilst it was a hot race anyway. He finished nearer last than first but it was no surprise to see him swept off his feat given how the race panned out from a pace point of view and hopefully it’s the last time we see him over the distance. A return to 7f is needed and much better can be expected then. His penultimate outing suggests that he’s on good terms with himself and there will be no shortage of suitable contests available in the coming weeks. Hopefully he gets to line up in them!
HTF representatives with entries this week; Clockmaker. Devilment, Lahaag & Novirak run over hurdles but were selected to run on the flat. They’re ignored as betting propositions.
Only adding one to the list today. All’s quiet at the moment in terms of races that I’m after and there’s little point in overdoing it until the decent quality handicaps are on offer again.
Horses To Follow – Week Thirty- Four:
Ardkilly Witness (20th December) –
Some horses simply don’t face up to headgear but, in the case of Ardkilly Witness, I thought that he may have taken to the aids a bit too well on Saturday when contesting a valuable handicap around Ascot. In a visor for the first time, Dr Richard Newland’s 8-year-old chaser tanked along towards the lead for a long way and almost travelled too strongly, something that perhaps contributed to him falling in a hole a long way from home. It was a bitterly disappointing effort when you consider that he was backed into favouritism on the machine but I’m happy to suggest that he should be absolved of his sins. On previous efforts, there’s something to work with when the headgear is taken off and I’m hopeful of him winning soon…
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