James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Seven
A hectic week has passed, although it was one lacking in much success, sadly. Secret Gesture was the sole winner having been deemed a selection in the Warwickshire Oaks at 5/4 and that price truly disappeared, with the filly going off at 4/7. She sure as hell didn’t win like one who should be so short, but managed to get up under a strong Jamie Spencer to score by a half-length. She did the job, but no more than that.
Elsewhere, Richard Hannon’s Dominate was unfortunate not to do better at Windsor last night, finishing in a close fifth (beaten around a length) despite being too keen and then failing to get a proper run through. He would have gone close to winning but that’s sprinting for you – if there’s no room at the Inn, there’s a fair chance that the game is up. Keep an eye on him for another while as his turn is getting ever closer.
Joe Eile was given an “interesting” ride at York and is one for again too, whilst Monsieur Cevalier was running over a trip too short for him these days when fourth behind Joey’s Destiny at Nottingham last Thursday. 7f is his trip. The other horse to follow who lined up was Running Reef at Musselburgh and he ran all right in fourth on ground softer than ideal. He’s mediocre but can be given another chance.
For the upcoming week, Burano is likely to take up his engagement in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot and would have an each-way chance in my opinion. Continuum is entered in the Duke Of Edinburgh on Saturday but I won’t be looking into his claims too much until closer to the event, whilst others from the Ante-Post Value columns include Due Diligence in the Diamond Jubilee, Pearl Secret in the King’s Stand and Verrazano in the Queen Anne. All tough races to decipher but they could be in with a chance of winning, I hope!
Just one horse to add to the tracker this week…
Horses To Follow – Week Seven:
Confessional (14th June) –
Ideally, I don’t want to be sticking thoroughly exposed sprinters into the tracker but Tim Easterby’s Confessional is handicapped to be a winner in the coming weeks/months and I’m happy enough to add him to the list. The son of Dubawi shaped exceptionally well on his penultimate start – his third outing of the season – in a Listed race at Haydock a few weeks back. There, he was evidently outclassed in an event won by Steps but was only 3.75-lengths behind in fifth place and had some solid, higher rated performers around him. That led to me actually fancying the horse in Saturday’s Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh and he was travelling well within himself coming into the final couple of furlongs, only for some of the others to smash into him and end any hope of winning right there and then. He had no chance afterwards but the fact that he was so badly hampered might go under the radar next time out and ensure that he’s a tasty price in a handicap that he could win. He’d had gone close on Saturday, I’m sure of that, and looks to be coming to the boil for a yard who will find him a winnable opportunity before long. Keep him on side as although he doesn’t win often, he is too well-treated not to do so soon.
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