Chris Dixon: My eyecatchers and horses to follow from the last week

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 8 Dec 2021

Our pundit and form expert Chris Dixon reflects on a memorable Betfair Tingle Creek weekend and highlights three horses to note in his column.

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Betfair Tingle Creek day often produces memorable moments and that was once again the case on Saturday as Greaneteen took the feature event for Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost. That success was quite rightly the one that took the headlines but in terms of performance I was more impressed by the novice Edwardstone in the Close Brothers Henry VIII Novices’ Chase. A well-run race made for a good test and that clearly suited Edwardstone, who clocked a much quicker time than Greaeteen, and he’s the type of horse who could make an impact in the Arkle, though the Irish challenge will make sure that’s a much sterner test.

Another horse who’s set for sterner tests is Constitution Hill who looked a potentially top-class novice when taking the opening race at Sandown on Saturday by 14 lengths – he’s the most exciting horse seen last weekend.

Onto horses we saw elsewhere and are worth keeping track of in the near future, here’s a trip of horses for your tracker plus a piece of form to follow.

Benny’s Bridge

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Trainer: Samuel Drinkwater

The tempo of the race wasn’t quite strong enough for Benny’s Bridge at Wetherby on Saturday but he still ran well to be beaten around 4 lengths into fifth spot. Impressing with how he travelled in what appeals a strong race for the grade, he was caught a little out of his ground up the straight but kept on late and looks to retain plenty of ability having been off for almost a year prior to switching to his current yard. With that in mind he’s well-handicapped for when getting a race run to suit.

Lounge Lizard

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Trainer: Henry Daly

Lounge Lizard built on the promise of his hurdles debut in a race that’s worked out well at Aintree with a good second at Market Rasen on Thursday and looks open to plenty more progress. Kept fairly wide, he moved comfortably through the race but couldn’t quite match the finishing effort of the promising winner who’d tracked him through. Not helped by the winner drifting into him, Lounge Lizard still responded willingly and having since been allotted an opening mark of 115, looks attractively treated for a switch to handicaps.

Gunsight Ridge

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Trainer: Olly Murphy

Gunsight Ridge has been a beaten favourite on four of his five starts since winning a Doncaster Novice in November last year but I don’t think he’s doing much wrong .Not for the first time, he bumped into an improver who was clearly well-treated at Exeter last week, but still pulled nicely clear of the rest in a race that looked good on the clock. I suspect he’s on a decent mark despite having been nudged up another pound for this run and he won’t always bump into horses with a lot in hand, especially if given a chance against some more exposed opposition.

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Sounds Russian won well on his second start over fences at Sedgefield on Friday, recording a decent time figure in the process and looking like a horse with plenty more to offer. Further success awaits for him, while runner-up Bavington Bob also looks one to keep onside close to hand when a stiffer track will suit (previous wins at Carlisle and Hexham). Third home Road Warrior looked back at the top of his game returned to his favourite track and a 2lbs drop for this good effort leaves him just 1lb above his last winning mark so he’ll be one to consider in similar races at the same venue.

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