James Boyle’s Horses To Follow – Week Twelve
Another week of brilliant results… is what I wanted to come back here and say. Sadly, it was calm after the storm and none of the HTF representatives managed to win, nor any of the preview race selections. Best of the lot was Monsieur Chevalier on the polytrack at Lingfield, as PJ O’Gorman’s charge finished second to a madly progressive sort. That was his second run since being added to the list and over 7f or a mile, he shall be winning for us before long. Obviously, having said that, he’s persisted with for another while.
Burano, added in week one, stepped up in trip as hoped and got a more handy sit, something that was taken to suit. However, that handy sit let to the horse bombing off in front and that was far from ideal, as he cut his own throat by going too quick and had nothing left for the finish. It wasn’t the best tactic to use, considering he was always likely to be lit up with blinkers reapplied, so I’ll forgive and hope for better soon.
Recent winner Hopes N Dreams lined up again at her beloved Hamilton but was up in class and back into a handicap, which caught her out. The ground may have been a bit quick for her as well and she had to go plenty hard enough to lead, but it was disappointing and she’s no longer worthy of a place on the HTF list.
The only other HTF representative was Kyleakin Lass – having her first outing since being added to the squad in week five – but that didn’t end too well as the speed-ball had to be pulled up in a 6f sprint! She wouldn’t have won anyway as she doesn’t get an inch beyond the minimum trip (5f is her limit) but all we can do is hope that she comes out of that sound and lives to fight another day. Lameness is being reported as the reason for her pulling up, so fingers crossed that she’ll be out again soon and doing the business for connections.
Update on Kyleakin Lass; she actually passed away. Gutting. RIP and condolences to all of her connections.
Elsewhere, in the preview columns, Odeon ran all right to finish fourth behind a really smart looking sort who I evidently underrated! Once James Given manages to figure out the horse he could have a useful tool to work with and staying trips may bring the best out in him, although he’ll need to learn how to settle and use himself correctly. My Tarfasha call in the Darley Irish Oaks was an unmitigated disaster as she didn’t show up at all, looking an entirely different filly to the one that finished second behind Taghrooda around Epsom. Why? I’ve got no idea as she should have had no excuses at all, but that’s racing I’m afraid; it’s an odd game. Hopefully the coming week sees good judgement return to the fore!
Those with entries this week; Barnet Fair, Joe Eile, Jordan Princess, Reedcutter, Running Reef, Short Squeeze, Showboating & Third Dimension.
Horses To Follow – Week Twelve:
Jordan Princess (19th July) –
After finishing a 6-length second to Taghrooda on her seasonal reappearance as a 3-year-old in a Newmarket Listed race at the beginning of May, all looked set for Jordan Princess to have a big season for Luca Cumani. The daughter of Cape Cross went into it with a lowly rating of 79 after two starts as a juvenile, the second of which led to a comfortable easy ground success in a Newbury maiden, and showed herself to be a likely sort to win a lowly stakes race by finishing second to the future Oaks winner. That promise wasn’t built upon the next twice (both over the same 1m 2f trip) as she was well beaten back on soft ground at Goodwood when sent off as the joint-fav and was only marginally better the time after on quick ground at Newbury when 7-lengths behind Eastern Belle. However, having been dropped back to a mile and into handicap company (again at Newbury), she ran a race full of promise behind runaway winner Kosika, staying on nicely from off the pace having predictably found it all happening too quickly over a trip that’s short of her best. She’s clearly not as good as one would have thought after her seasonal return but should be up to winning a handicap against her own sex over trips around 1m 2f. Fast ground suits best.
Polski Max (20th July) –
Horses who fly down the ratings having previously shown classy form can be tempting for a number of reasons and Polski Max has reached the stage where I’m happy enough to suggest that he’ll be winning soon. Richard Fahey’s charge was a talented juvenile sprinter and even better as a 3-year-old in 2013, improving from a mark of 87 to 102 having won his first couple of starts in impressive fashion on testing ground. Since then, however, connections have had to sit and suffer as the horse has been too high in the ratings to get involved in the races he’s forced to line up in and constantly finishing out the back may have caused him to fall out of love with the racing game. Lately, thanks to the handicapper relenting and the grade he has lined up in being eased, some promise has been displayed the last twice, firstly at Thirsk when 3.5-lengths behind Line Of Reason (winner twice since & rated 19lbs higher) and then again on Sunday when a similar distance behind See The Storm at Redcar. On both occasions, the ground would have been plenty quick enough for him and I get the impression that running around a bend could help, so hopefully connections might give him a shot under those conditions soon. There still seems to be plenty of his old ability lurking and in a 0-85 on softer ground, ideally around a bend (though not a complete necessity), it may not take too long for him get back into the winners’ enclosure.
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