James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Thirty
The HTF list had a welcomed winner with Monsieur Chevalier (7/1 in the morning; 7/4 SP!) scoring on his stable debut for Jamie Osborne (picked up for 10k gns in October). It took a drop into claiming company and a return to the All-Weather in order for the 7-year-old to put his head in-front again and it’s safe to say that he’s not going to be the easiest to win with going forward. He’s entered in another claimer on Wednesday around Lingfield but I’ve had my fun and the horse landed a gamble to finally repay the faith. He’s removed.
Shamaheart was the only other runner from the squad and he performed quite excellently having been the subject of some strong market support (7/1 into 4/1). Coming into the closing stages, he looked the most likely winner having made good headway to dispute the lead, but in the end all he could do was stay on at the same pace and I’d put that down to the fact that he missed the break once more. It lost him a couple of lengths at least, plus ensured that he couldn’t get a handier position, and that, as they say, was that!
Entered this week; Dark Castle, Filbert, Indian Castle, Merry King, Novirak, Secret Witness & Showboating.
Horses To Follow – Week Thirty:
Midnight Appeal (22nd November) –
I’m a sucker for a strong traveller and the way that Midnight Appeal travelled through his latest handicap over 3m 1f at Haydock on Saturday was highly impressive. Up the straight, he traded around 1/4 in-running and looked all set to go on to win, but when let down the tank emptied quite quickly and the impression he gives off is that a drop in trip would be ideal so long as the testing ground remains in place. 2m 6f or so is the trip I’d like to see him over sometime soon and his run at the weekend, only his second of the season, suggest that he’s close to hitting his peak form. At his best, he’s more than capable of winning of 135 and maybe even 3-miles around Kempton could suffice (if there are no suitable races over shorter) as it’s a solid test of speed rather than stamina, plus he ran two excellent races there last term off 4lbs higher. Anyway, I’m happy to take him forward for a run or two.
Piddie’s Power (24th November) –
Moderate All-Weather performers win at random intervals and it’s sometimes hard to catch them, but it wouldn’t surprise if Piddie’s Power came good at some stage in the near future now that she’s qualified to run in 0-70 handicaps for the first time in a number of years. I backed Kevin Frost’s 7-year-old mare in a decent event (for the grade) at Wolverhampton on Monday but she drifted like a barge and that may be down to the fact that she hadn’t raced for a few months and wasn’t ready enough to show her true worth. It looked as if that was the case in-running as despite travelling kindly enough under Stevie Donohoe, the mare couldn’t quicken up under pressure and only managed a 7-length sixth placed finish behind Sir Mark Prescott’s Don’t Be. In my opinion, there was plenty that can be built upon and with her likely to be sharper next time out, I’m adding her onto the HTF list for now.
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