James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Thirty-Six
The HTF list isn’t providing many runners at the moment but Ardkilly Witness (10/1 in the morning; 6/1 SP) gave us a second winner in as many weeks with an excellent, strong-staying performance around Kempton. His jumping on occasions wasn’t wonderful, whilst he was also hampered at one of the fences, but under a determined Will Kennedy, the 9-year-old came up trumps to gain a deserved success. There’s no doubting that he has been a frustrating sort but further victories are in his locker even after the handicapper tries to make life tougher after this. However, he has served his purpose and should be removed from the tracker.
Midnight Appeal lined up in the same race as AK, but unfortunately for him it wasn’t an enjoyable outing as the Alan King trained chaser managed to meet the first fence all wrong. Wayne Hutchinson went out the side door a few strides afterwards and that, as they say, was that. On his day, the horse is a decent jumper but he’s always prone to walloping one or two and going forward that risk will remain in place. He is, at the same time, nicely treated in my book and I shall be persisting for another while. His two efforts around Haydock & Newbury suggested that success wasn’t far off and despite Saturday’s short show, he can make amends.
Elsewhere, the only other tracker horse lining up was Piddie’s Power at Wolverhampton, returning from another short break. She was backed (28’s in the morning; 12’s SP) before the off and showed much more than the time before, albeit finished in the same position. Getting beaten 2.5-lengths in what was another decent race for the grade bodes well and I’m still expecting her to come up trumps before long, probably at the same track when dropped another pound or two. It’s clear that she’s difficult to win with and she is one of the least talented animals on the list, but every horse has their limits and off a mark in the low-to-high 60’s, it should only be a matter of time before she falls into the winners’ enclosure, IMO.
HTF representatives with entries this week; Bennys Mist, Clockmaker & Firmdecisions.
Only adding one to the list this week. The past while hasn’t been great from a quality of racing point of view and there’s no sense in sticking them up for the sake of it.
Horses To Follow – Week Thirty-Six:
Zman Awal (9th January) –
I’ve been keeping an eye on James Fanshawe’s 4-year-old filly Zman Awal and hopefully she’s edging closer to her first win in handicap company. Since winning her maiden in May, the daughter of Dubawi has performed with admirable consistency and that will eventually see her rewarded in handicaps around the 0-80 level. She certainly ran a fine race over 7f at Lingfield on Friday, finishing third behind the ultra-progressive Don’t Be, only beaten a couple of lengths. The way she travelled into the race was most encouraging and coming to the furlong pole she was disputing the lead, but after that she failed to get home and that has been a regular theme in her career to date. It’s possible that she’s just a weak finisher who travels deceptively well, but I’d like to see her over 6f again (excuses sole time connections ran her at trip) and reckon that could eke out improvement before the season’s done.
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