James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-Eight
All is quiet at the moment and the past week was no different. Confessional was one of three runners for the HTF list and he performed excellently, finishing third of 12 in a good quality handicap over 6f at Wolves. The form looks rock-solid in my opinion and seeing as he has only had four outings on the artificial surfaces, it would be interesting to see him have another spin or two on it. Whether we will get that chance is another thing as the 7-year-old has had a long season and he is surely due for a break before returning next term.
Filbert made his debut for the squad at Sandown but he was put up to run over trips of around 2-miles and tackled an extended 2m 4f there. It didn’t really suit and he didn’t run up to his best either, but he wasn’t disgraced in finishing fifth and simply didn’t stay the trip well enough. His jumping was not up to the task, which wasn’t a help when it came to staying, and there’ll need to be improvement in that department if he’s to rate higher, something that I am certain that he’s capable of. Anyway, he’ll be kept on side for a while.
Last up was Golden Chieftain, also making his HTF debut, but he didn’t last long in the Badger Ales Trophy, falling at the first. That could be disasterous in the longer term but I’ll keep him on board for the moment.
HTF representatives with entries this coming week; Astracad, Drop Out Joe, Golden Chieftain.
Only adding one to the list as there hasn’t been many of “my” races lately. Everything should start to pick up in the coming weeks and we’ll have more runners then. Slow and steady!
Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-Eight:
Barrakilla (8th November) –
Evan Williams is an exceptionally talented trainer of both chasers and hurdlers, but it’s his chasers in particular that I like to keep an eye on and Barrakilla appears to be a nice one to go to war with, especially after Saturday’s effort. The 7-year-old was having his first outing since New Year’s Eve, tackling some talented rivals in a valuable event over 2m 4f at Sandown, and he shaped exceptionally well, jumping soundly throughout whilst travelling like a dream. Sadly for anyone who backed him (myself included!), it’s often difficult to make up ground at that track and I thought that he was set with too much to do, for all that he wasn’t far away with a couple of fences left to jump. The effort to make up ground in a race favouring those sitting on the pace disadvantaged him and he also shaped as if he’d come on for the run physically, so there are definite reasons to say that it’s a rock-solid effort to have finished third. Granted the improvement you’d hope for next time, he should be capable of even better and I would be disappointed if he isn’t winning a decent handicap soon.
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