James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-Three
Another blank week for the HTF list, sadly, albeit one that lacked many runners. Reedcutter was by far the best of the lot when returning after at break at Kempton on Thursday, finishing third of 9 and doing so in spite of making most of the running, something that probably isn’t ideal for him. It was a solid return to action and one would hope that he’ll improve on it, so I’d suggest that he’s kept on side for a while.
The ground went against Redvers in the big handicap at Ascot on Saturday and that was evident in his final position as it wasn’t great! He’s entered in the big Balmoral handicap over the same C&D in a couple of weeks but the rain hanging around won’t suit him and it’s probably time to take him off the list as he had his big chance at the beginning of September in the race he won last year and blew it. He’s removed now.
Boomerang Bob ran in a Group 3 at Ascot (sent off 40/1) but was out of his depth, whilst Fort Bastion had his debut for David O’Meara in the same race as Redvers and couldn’t get involved having missed the kick. Both can remain in the squad for a little while as they’re capable of much better than we got to see at the weekend. Fort Bastion could, in time, thrive with O’Meara and it’ll be interesting to see him out next term.
HTF representatives with some entries this week: Ajman Bridge, Boomerang Bob, Brother Tiger, Chilworth Icon, Confessional, Jamaican Bolt, Magic Hurricane, Mezzotint, Monsieur Chevalier, Novirak, Polski Max, Secret Witness & Shot In The Sun. Safe to say that it will be a busy one if they all line up! The majority are set to run at York on Friday or Saturday.
Another week where I’m only adding one to the list. It’ll be quiet for a while, then everything will pick up as the All-Weather & National Hunt seasons start to get serious again!
Horses To Follow – Week Twenty-Three:
Devilment (4th October) –
Although he clearly handles turf, both of Devilment’s career wins to date have come on the All-Weather (both at Kempton) and he could be an interesting proposition throughout the winter if kept on the go. The well-bred son of Cape Cross hasn’t set the world alight on his last two outings, finishing in mid-division at Wolverhampton last time out (9.5f) and then a distant third of 6 the time before despite being a well-backed 4/6 favourite. I got the impression that the trip around Wolves was less than favourable for him and he missed the break, leaving Cam Hardie further back than ideal in a race where they didn’t go a mad gallop; not helpful on many counts, not least over that distance. In the circumstances, he didn’t run a bad race behind the thriving and evidently talented Tinghir, and hopefully it can be stepped up on soon. I think that he could really come into his own granted a truly run contest over 1m 4f and there should be some races in him before too long. He’s rated 94 and, with a bit of luck going forward, could improve on that by a fair margin when circumstance allows.
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