James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Four
By James Boyle –
As everyone will have noticed by now, I use the beginning of the eye-catcher column to mention how the previous week’s picks have performed and the last one wasn’t too bad. Slip Sliding Away gave this column a maiden success when scoring at his beloved Goodwood on Saturday, doing so comfortably.
He was available at 6-7/1 in the morning, but a large R4 was attached to that (leaving around 9/2) after a plethora of non-runners due to the ground being too testing underfoot. Even so, it rates a career-best from Peter Hedger’s charge and when he’s lining up over that C&D (4-7 there now), he’s worthy of respect.
After this, however, it’s time to remove him from the list as I highly doubt that the handicapper will be kind.
Observational, picked out at 11/4 for a Listed race at the same track last week, managed to win as well and looked like a horse who will stay even further in the process. I wouldn’t be sure that he’s much better than that performance but it’s hard to know for certain and he’s clearly a nice horse, with the possibility of further improvement granted experience being in the locker. He should be all set for a good season, regardless.
The losers were Bilimbi (well-backed but flopped), Justineo (not good enough) and Vote Often (ran nicely).
Horses To Follow – Week Four:
Joe Eile (24th May) –
I say this with plenty of bias as I backed Joe Eile at nice prices last weekend, but he really could/should have achieved his first success since joining John Quinn’s yard when lining up in a decent 7f handicap at Catterick. He didn’t, however, as he seemed to dog the issue completely when produced to hold every chance by Joe Doyle on the wide outside. The brakes almost instantly went on the second he was about to hit the front (didn’t even place afterwards!) and whether that was symbolic of a tired horse or one who simply didn’t want to go by, I’m not entirely sure, although the latter is favoured! Regardless, it was an encouraging run and there should be a success coming his way in the coming weeks, possibly when reunited with a fully-fledged jockey rather than an apprentice (not that he did much wrong, but the horse is tricky). There’s a decent handicap in him on those sharp tracks.
Running Reef (26th May) –
There’ll be no shortage of mediocre handicappers placed on this list over the coming months and Tracey Waggott’s Running Reef is one such performer that I expect to be winning before long. His yard seem to be hitting their stride in recent weeks and this fellow bounced back from a Redcar no-show to run well at Carlisle on Monday, finishing a close third of 6. Now, don’t get me wrong, he’s hardly capable of winning a race of much quality but he’s rated 64 at the moment – 1lb below his last winning mark – and is better served by a sharper track than Carlisle. When he gets back to the likes of Catterick or Musselburgh, it won’t take him too long to win again and although clearly limited, I want to keep him on my side.
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