James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Three
By James Boyle –
A decent week to report, although there were only two runners for the columns. Gospel Choir was picked out as a worthwhile bet at 9/2 (duly backed into 7/2 favouritism) in his bid to land the Yorkshire Cup and dispelled my worries over whether he would truly stay by getting the trip well enough to score by a neck.
It was probably another career-best performance from Sir Michael Stoute’s 5-year-old son of Galileo and I will be even more interested in seeing him line up on better ground over that sort of trip. He seems to want it quite fast and if there’s any sort of dig underfoot, my interest would go. However, regardless of anything, 1m 4f would appear to be his absolute ideal trip and connections will probably go back down that route.
Moviesta – this column’s first runner – was a bitter disappointment in the Chipper Logistics, tailing off some way from home and finishing near last. I expressed worries over his ability to handle the softer ground in such company and that being combined with a step up in trip caused a nothing performance to emerge.
It’s safe to say that Bryan Smart’s charge didn’t run to his true form and better can be expected when he’s back on decent ground. He’s best suited to the minimum trip too, for all that he’ll get 6f, and the King’s Stand at Ascot would appeal more than the Diamond Jubilee should connections aim for the Royal meeting.
Horses To Follow – Week Three:
Hopes N Dreams (17th May) –
This Kevin Ryan trained 6-year-old mare didn’t particularly blow anyone’s mind away when finishing 6-lengths behind Noble Storm in a 5f sprint at Thirsk on Saturday, but she’s better over a furlong further and could be primed to strike sometime soon now that she has two runs under her belt. It was all happening a bit quick for her at the weekend, especially on what is a really speed-demanding track, and she could only plug on into a fifth place finish. Under the circumstances, however, it was about as good as what could have been expected and she’ll drop another couple of lbs in the handicap, which will help. Where connections go next is beyond me, but they will have plenty of options in the coming weeks and months, and if she’s coaxed into the same form that led to her winning five times last year (gained from June onwards; four at Hamilton, one at Epsom), she could pick up something.
Monsieur Chevalier (17th May) –
PJ O’Gorman’s 7-year-old catches the eye more often than not, but having dropped to a mark below the nineties for the first time in his long career, it shouldn’t take too much for him to turn an eye-catching finish into a race-winning move. On Saturday, he lined up in a decent 7f handicap won impressively by Chil The Kite and performed admirably, staying on to grab fourth place despite having his momentum checked when the race was starting to get interesting. He wasn’t exactly unlucky from a winning point of view but was better than the bare form suggests and should be found much easier opportunities in due course. On his day, he’s clearly talented and is well-handicapped on plenty of his 2013 form, let alone his form for Richard Hannon as a youngster. It shouldn’t be too long until he’s back in the winners’ enclosure and I intend to keep him on side for a while.
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