James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Two
Morning folks! Hope you all had a good, profitable weekend. As far as the columns go, there’s nothing much to update you on with no RacingFM tracker horses running since the first post last week. Breton Rock, however, was picked out at 4/1 in Saturday’s Haydock piece and managed to gain a first success at Listed company afterwards. He’s a really nice horse went granted softer ground, will get a furlong further without much trouble and could rate higher yet in due course, although not a whole pile higher!
For the coming week, we have the Dante meeting at York. It kicks off tomorrow on what is set to be fairly crap ground and that’ll make things even more difficult than it would be normally. One of the horses to follow, Moviesta, is set to line up in the Group 2 Chipper Logistics on day one and he’s battling it out with Astaire and Jack Dexter for favouritism at the moment (currently a best-priced 6/1).
That’s on the back of some solid ante-post support (was 14’s in places a week ago) and he should have a really decent chance if improving on that Newmarket return ten days ago. Whether he’s a worthwhile value bet at those prices now upped in trip and back on testing ground, I doubt it, but he’ll be involved if the ground/trip combination aren’t completely detrimental. I’m in two minds about it all, to be brutally honest.
Now, it’s time for another couple of horses to enter the tracker. They’re listed below and can win soon.
Horses To Follow – Week Two:
Continuum (10th May) –
I doubt that Peter Hedger has managed to get his hands on many well-bred, 240,000gns animals, but that’s what he has this season in the shape on Continuum and the now gelded son of Dansili performed well in a 1m 4f Listed race at Ascot a few days ago. Despite being the lowest rated of the field by some way and appearing to have a mammoth task on his hands (sent off 33/1), he came home in a solid fourth place, beaten less than 3-lengths by the occasionally smart Gatewood (the useful Pether’s Moon was in second). I thought that the performance was made all the more meritorious due to the fact that he didn’t travel overly well (unsurprisingly given the animals he was up against) and he will be much happier when dropped in grade, so it bodes well. The handicapper will have a say now as that was a career-best run by 4-5lbs, whatever way you look at it, but he’s the right type for a big middle-distance handicap at some stage and should be kept on side. I would be surprised if there’s not a fair bit more to come from him.
Slip Sliding Away (10th May) –
I’m a bit biased here as I backed this 7-year-old son of Whipper when he ran at Ascot on Saturday, but I would expect that Peter Hedger will get a win out of him before long and he’s worthy of a place in the tracker. His spin at the weekend was fairly encouraging as he ran on into fifth place (of 18) despite not enjoying the best of trips in-running and if you don’t get the opportunity to build up proper momentum in sprints especially, it’s mightily difficult to show your very best form (which was needed in an event like that one!). I wouldn’t mark him down as an overly well-handicapped animal, but he could be found a 0-80 that he can win off a big weight and is of particular interest if returning to Goodwood. He’s 3-6 there, is unlucky not to have another win on the slate, and clearly prefers that place to anywhere else. On his day, he’s quick and can pop up in the coming weeks if dropped a pound or two.
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