James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Seventeen
A fantastic week to report! Queensberry Rules (12/1 in the morning) was the best winner for the HTF list as he finally got the chance to show his true worth on the track. The 4-year-old was a big disappointment ever since he finished a close third in last year’s Britannia but racing close enough to a slow pace clearly helped him on Saturday and he was nicely rewarded. Winning again will be tough, though, so he’s back off the list.
Short Squeeze (8/1) is the other success story of the week as he landed his big handicap at York in stylish fashion. Hugo Palmer’s charge was always tanking his way around, travelling with supreme authority over the others, but for a some time it looked as if he wouldn’t be able to get a run. Pat Smullen found the gaps, thankfully, and the pair burst through late on to gain a deserved success. He was the best handicapped horse in the race and won exactly as he should have done (cosily!). My interest ends now as well, however.
Another to come off the list will be Jordan Princess (6/1 in the morning; 11/4 SP) and that’s because she managed to win at Goodwood on Sunday, somehow. Everything went wrong in-running but she still had a bit in reserve to beat them all and clearly appreciated the step back up in trip. Great effort.
Similar comments apply with Dominate (6/1 in the morning; 9/2 SP) as he served his purpose on Monday, winning a 6f handicap at Chepstow. He could win again in the mud but I’ve had my fun with him so I’ll stop! We also had a decent preview race winner in Pale Mimosa (7/2) when Dermot Weld’s mare tackled the Lonsdale Cup on Friday and there was plenty to like about her success. She’s clearly a talent and connections could be tempted to head down the Melbourne Cup route, but the possibly rapid ground there wouldn’t suit ideally.
Unfortunately there were a few losers too. From the HTF list, Fort Bastion, Mezzotint, Moviesta & Redvers tasted defeat, whilst Kings Fete & Rangali did likewise for the columns.
Those with entries in the coming week; Arantes, Confessional, Jamaican Bolt, Mezzotint & Monsieur Chevalier.
Horses To Follow – Week Seventeen:
Ajman Bridge (23rd August) –
I was saying earlier about Queensberry Rules being well suited to sitting close enough to a sedate pace, but it was the opposite story for Ajman Bridge as despite being sent off as a well-backed 7/2 favourite in that race, he was completely hindered by how things played out. Added to that, he messed around in the stalls, missed the break and didn’t exactly travel for as long as his rider would have hoped. He’s not the easiest to get a handle on after that but did put in an exceptional effort at Goodwood the time before when finishing second in a decent race and is capable of getting back to that form before long. Although now off a lofty mark, I don’t think that we’ve seen the best of him and hopefully it’ll be on show soon.
Stomachion (22nd August) –
Pace is super important at the best of times and I thought that Stomachion would have gone really close to winning a good handicap at York on Friday had there been more speed towards the front-end. I’m obviously full of bias as I backed him myself, but it was a really promising performance off a career-high mark and showed that he has plenty to offer as a mile-and-a-half performer. Most of his efforts this season have come on a sound surface and there’s a fair chance that he will be able to act even better when the rain is around to ensure that their toes are sinking in deep. That’s the impression he gives off anyway and I would be surprised if there’s not another win on his slate by the end of this season.
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