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James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-Six

It took a while, but the HTF list finally gave us an overdue winner this week. Jamaican Bolt was the horse in question as he ran out a good winner over 6f at Doncaster (8/1 in the morning; 11/2 SP) and it was no less than the 6-year-old deserved following a spell of excellent efforts in recent months. None of them led to him getting a win, but this one did and maybe next year he’ll prove capable of even more over 6f on soft ground. It’s what he wants these days and connections, along with myself, were missing the trick by thinking he was an out-and-out minimum trip performer. Anyway, he’s off the list for now but might be back next year.


Novirak provided us with a second placed finisher in an eighteen-runner handicap, also at Doncaster, and it was quite frustrating as I thought he’d thrive for the drop in grade and beat that lot. However, there was a relatively unexposed 3-year-old from Andrew Balding’s yard lining up in a visor for the first time and he proved to be far too well-treated to get beaten. The headgear played a huge part I’d say and Fanshawe’s charge simply bumped into one that he, and the rest, hadn’t a hope in hell of beating. That’s how she goes!


Another who ran an excellent race was Confessional, as he finished fourth of 19 in a quality race over 5f. As was the case when second at Catterick the previous week, he was given a forceful ride on ground he enjoys and ran right up to his current best as a result. Unfortunately, he’s simply hard to win with these days and does himself absolutely no favours by almost refusing to go out of form for any period of time. It’s an odd thing to give out about and although it’s so admirable to be such a consistent performer, if you want the handicapper to give you a proper chance, you need to get walloped sometimes! With this fellow, it doesn’t happen often. Reedcutter was the only other runner we had and he didn’t show up overly well on soft ground, but remains of interest for the All-Weather. All going well, there’s a handicap in him.


HTF representatives with entries this week; Secret Witness & Showboating. Busy, busy!


Only adding one to the list this week. Keeping the powder dry until the AW/NH seasons kick off properly. There’s little point in getting carried away as of yet.


Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-Six:


Filbert Silks Filbert (25th October) –


Along with sprinters on the flat, I love 2-mile chasers and there will be plenty of those added to the HTF list in the coming months. Filbert is one of the first and although he’s an 8-year-old rising 9, he’s lightly-raced with just seven chases under his belt and there could be more to come. After Philip Hobbs’ charge won at Newbury second time up in the 2013/14 season, I thought that he’d go on to make a mark in some decent handicaps. Things didn’t really work out for him, however, but he shaped quite well at Chepstow on Saturday when third behind Richard Lee’s Grey Gold on soft ground and could build upon that significantly next time out, as he did for his first outing last term. I got the impression that he was a bit short at the weekend and, added to that, the nature of Chepstow’s undulating track may not have been ideal, whilst the testing conditions wouldn’t have helped a whole lot either. In the end, he did fine to finish where he did having failed to travel with any fluency early doors and there will be more suitable assignments coming his way before long. I think there’s more talent in the locker than we’ve got to see on the track to date and hopefully it’ll be on show in the not too distant future. Off his rating of 133, he’ll be winning a handicap soon.


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