James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Five
Not very much happened over the past week, sadly. None of the tracker horses lined up to race, although Burano and Moviesta hold entries at Royal Ascot soon enough, so we’re unlikely to see them beforehand. Hopes N Dreams is in the Epsom Dash on Saturday and although 5f down that hill might be a bit lively for the filly, she could be worth a small go at 33/1. None of the others are entered up at the moment.
As far as the other columns go, Cubanita was a massive disappointment in a Group 3 at Haydock, fading away having taken over the lead with a couple of furlongs to go. I have absolutely no idea how to excuse her as she had every chance, but maybe something was up as it clearly wasn’t within a million miles of her true form. The other preview race selection was Hillstar in the Brigadier Gerard and he didn’t even show up.
For the upcoming week, we’ve got the Oaks on first and then the Derby. To be honest, I find it notoriously difficult to call those races but have gone for Tarfasha (solid chance if the ground isn’t horrible) and Arod as my two against the fields. Both would appreciate the rain staying away, so I’ll pray for the sun to come out!
Horses To Follow – Week Five:
Dominate (31st May) –
This Richard Hannon trained 4-year-old colt has been a bit disappointing – having previously looked capable of making up into a nice sprint handicapper – but the lack of any real progression has its plus-points as he’s now a nicely-treated performer who will bounce back to win soon enough. I thought that he shaped quite well when held up at Newmarket on Saturday as he’s usually ridden with more force than that and the race didn’t pan out to favour those who were waited with. Getting beaten 6-lengths doesn’t exactly look great in the book but he’s better than the bare form suggests and might prefer getting onto a flatter track when the ground’s softer. He’s certainly well-handicapped on his best efforts, whatever way I put it, and may even drop another couple of lbs for Saturday’s performance. It really shouldn’t take him long to win again, particularly if building on that, as is possible.
Kyleakin Lass (1st June) –
Winning races certainly doesn’t come easy to the 5-year-old Kyleakin Lass, with her overall record being 3-30. She has, however, got a string of solid efforts in decent handicaps to her name and should pop up in one before the season’s out, especially if the rain hangs around for another while. She lined up in a 0-95 at Nottingham on Sunday in first-time blinkers and from the way that she performed, they didn’t seem to help (travelled too keenly and took an age to pick up). At the line, she was only a few lengths behind the winner despite being in sixth place and could end up being overpriced next time out, all going well! Fast tracks on good or softer suit best and if drawn close to some proper pace, she is capable of travelling supremely well. That cruising speed will eventually lead to another success coming her way and it isn’t far off, I’d imagine. She’s worth a place in the tracker.
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