Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: Fishable can keep Easterby on a roll

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 5 Aug 2020

A busy week of travelling that included trips to opposite ends of the country Redcar and Goodwood meant I didn’t have the time to put together this column last week but for those who have been following (hopefully someone reads it!) it was nice to see a couple of the recommended tracker horses Cepheus and Prompting winning at Goodwood.

There were also very good efforts from the likes of Zabeel Champion and Sam Cooke in the past seven days and I think both should remain in the tracker for now, along with Al Qaqaa and North Wind who were both beaten at Goodwood but had excuses and remain of interest.

Onto the latest recommendations for addition to your tracker which includes and couple of horses from Goodwood, a pair of recent winners with more to come and a late addition to the list following a promising performance at Catterick on Tuersday from a horse who ties in to this week’s ‘angle to note’.


Having made a very encouraging handicap debut over 10f at Beverley behind the improving Union Spirit, Kitten’s Dream was turned out quickly at the same track to break his maiden over an extra couple of furlongs. He still showed signs of inexperience but managed to beat a progressive horse from an in-form stable with the pair well clear. As a result a 7lb rise in the weights looks fair and he will still appeal as well-treated next time he runs with the hope there’s further progress to come.


Tim Easterby’s horses have been flying in recent days and Fishable looks a likely type to add to the trainer’s recent good form in the coming days and weeks. Placed on his first two runs over distances his pedigree suggested would be shy of his optimum, he improved when upped in trip on his handicap debut at Ripon to power away from a pair of more exposed but fairly well-handicapped horses. He seemed to win with a ton to spare and a 7lb rise leaves him with plenty still in hand so he’ll be high on the shortlist for any races he lines up in of something like his current mark, including back at Ripon on Thursday where he holds an entry over 10f.


Au Clair De Lune hasn’t lived up to her useful pedigree but travelled like a horse on an attractive mark at Goodwood last week before fading. Prominently ridden in a race where the pace collapsed, she was probably in the wrong place as the race went but several horses from the yard haven’t finished their races off in recent weeks (just one winner for the stable since the beginning of July) and it may be that this filly isn’t at the very top of her game right now. Dropped 2lb for that latest run, she will become of real interest as soon as the yard begin to find some form again and is worth adding to the tracker with that in mind.


His record suggests that Battered hasn’t been the easiest to train since enjoying a productive campaign as a three-year-old with William Haggas but he’s become a well-handicapped horse and there was enough encouragement in his return to action at Goodwood last week to think he can win races before this season is over. Handed a tough draw in stall 12 for a competitive 7f handicap, he ended up a long way back and met a couple of bits of trouble as the race developed ahead of him before keeping on late in the fashion of a horse who had a bit more to give and has since dropped a further 3lb in the weights.


Another one to follow from the in-form yard of Richard Fahey is Absolute Dream who hasn’t won for quite a while but has dropped to a very attractive mark. He caught the eye from a long way back at Doncaster in a race that has since worked out well before faring better than anything else that was drawn high on the straight track at Redcar last week on a day when there seemed to be a big advantage in racing on the far side of the track. He was due to line up at Ayr before the meeting was abandoned on Thursday and appeared to have been found a good opportunity there but his connections won’t struggle to find similar options in the weeks ahead and he looks ready to win again.


Keeping an eye out for track biases and horses who run well against them is one of my main punting angles and two meetings that warrant close inspection with that in mind are the aforementioned card at Redcar on July 27th and the meeting at York a couple of days earlier on July 25th. At York the sprint handicaps won by Abate and Roundhay Park were influenced by the draw and the runs of those drawn low are well worth watching back as they faced a tough task on the wrong part of the track, while at Redcar it was those drawn low on the straight track that were at an advantage in the big fields and those drawn high are worth marking up.


There could be a few contenders for this but I think the race won by Brunch at York was very competitive for a 0-85 and looks likely to throw up winners, especially as the runners from this have a go outside of three-year-old only company against more exposed horses. Several of the field appeal as well-handicapped with the runner up Jumaira Bay and fifth home Rovaniemi of particular interest.

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