James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-One
A quiet week to report with just four from the HTF list lining up. Arantes was one of those and he performed miserably having been dropped back in trip around Sandown, finishing last of the seven runners to beaten by 10-lengths. It’s probably high time for me to give up on him, but he is the sort who needs everything to fall on his lap (could pop up at a nice price) so I’m going to persist for another while yet, perhaps foolishly!
Mezzotint also went down in trip for the Silver Cup at Ayr and he didn’t run horribly, for all that his finishing position wouldn’t suggest that. It’s a bit deceptive, however, as the draw was far from helpful and he missed the kick to boot. Everything was likely to happen too quickly for him and, indeed, it did. I wouldn’t place much emphasis on the run to be honest and shall keep him on side as well – there’s a race in him sometime soon.
One who should be coming off the list (but isn’t!) is Monsieur Chevalier as I’ve got no idea what O’Gorman is trying to do. He ran on Saturday over 1m 2f and finished well behind the impressive Air Pilot, but that trip on soft ground was evidently too far for him to show his true worth and why they sent him over it is beyond me. Anyway, there’s likely to be some races on the All-Weather for him and I’m in too deep to give up right now!
Redvers, also dropping in trip, ran in the same race as Mezzotint at Ayr and finished a few places in-front of him. He was quite well backed there but I don’t think that sprinting suited him, especially at that track, and he couldn’t have much of a say when it mattered. It was a grand run all the same and there’s a race for him back over 7f at his beloved Ascot in a couple of weeks. Sadly, he’ll be up 3lbs for his head-second earlier on this month (didn’t have to carry that at Ayr) but you never know and he could be worth keeping in mind for it.
HTF representatives with entries this week; Arantes, Chilworth Icon, Confessional, Dark Castle, Fort Bastion, Jamaican Bolt, Magic Hurricane, Mezzotint, Novirak & Secret Witness.
Only adding one to the list this week. Will be concentrating more on All-Weather horses when everything picks up on that scene and then we’ll have the jumpers as well. Plenty of the flat performers will be going over the top soon and there’s little point in sticking them up for the sake of it, so I’ll be boring and just give the nod of approval to one 3yo handicapper.
Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-One:
Not many 3-year-old handicappers have made it onto the HTF list this season but Shot In The Sun is worthy of a place as I think she could pick up something in the final six weeks of the season. I’m biased as I actually backed her when she ran at Ayr last Thursday, but even so it was an encouraging performance as she finished in mid-division in a decent race, doing so despite the ground being a bit quick and luck in-running failing to materialize. Had she got a clear run through, she could have posted an even more respectable figure and at the worst it’s a run that bodes fine for the future. If the rain comes out to play any time soon and she gets to run with an ease underfoot, we’ll see her step forward on last week’s effort and hopefully gain a first handicap success. On some of her form in defeat, she’s more than capable of defying a mark in the low 80’s over 7f or, better still, a mile.
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