Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: French Polish can help you clean up

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 14 Oct 2020

In his latest column, Chris nominates four horses to follow, identifies a Kempton nursery to keep a close eye plus suggests Jumps' trainers who have their strings well forward. Click here to view all of our betting expert's Notes & Angles

It only seems like a few weeks ago that I was heading to York for the re-scheduled Dante meeting and it felt strange to think that’s almost it for the Flat season as I made the short journey home from the Knavesmire after racing on Saturday.

On my return I watched back the replays from what was a brilliant day of racing at Newmarket, although there was nothing that impressed me as much as Pretty Gorgeous had when landing what looked a strong renewal of the Fillies’ Mile a day earlier.

She’d be my main horse to take out of the two days at Newmarket but for the additions to the tracker I’m focussing on some lower-key action and some horses that can hopefully hit winning form fairly soon.


French Polish was forced to switch at a crucial point after turning into the straight a long way back at Kempton last week but caught the eye with the way she finished off and had loads left in the tank as she crossed the line.

A big improvement on her previous form, this was still a good way short of the level French Polish is bred to be capable of and she looks likely to progress significantly in handicaps off what looks a potentially ludicrously low opening mark of 68.


There were doubts in my mind as to how Bedford Flyer would handle the ground going into the opening Nursery at York on Friday but it wasn’t an inability to handle conditions that proved his downfall as he came home in fourth spot.

Disputing an overly strong pace in a race that was dominated by those from off the pace looked the reason he couldn’t follow up his previous Lingfield success off what still appealed as a good mark for a yard in form.

His pedigree suggests he would take to the all-weather well so he’ll be of real interest if given an outing or two on an artificial surface in the coming weeks and months but if connections decide to draw stumps for now he’d be one to keep an eye on as a three-year-old sprinter next season.


A sharp track on quick ground didn’t provide a suitable test for Vinnie’s Getaway on his seasonal return at Ludlow last week but he went with encouragement with a view to stepping up in trip.

Not far away when jumping a bit big over the third last, he kept on at the one pace from that point having not been able to pick up as sharply as the more prominently ridden front pair. A bumper winner on a sound surface, he’s also got form on soft ground so conditions are unlikely to be much of a concern wherever he runs next and he should be ahead of his mark of 111.


Flinck was another horse to find his reappearance test inadequate but he stayed on well on the extended run-in at Chepstow on Saturday. badly outpaced after the second-last (usually three out) he looked highly unlikely to make the frame over the last but ran on very well to take third spot. A dual winner on testing ground last season, he’ll be seen to much better effect back on that sort of surface, while a longer trip should also suit.


The 6f Nursery at Kempton on Wednesday won by Dewey Road looks like a piece of form to follow. Though bunched up at the finish, the timefigure for the race was good and I think several of those involved are ahead of their marks.

The eventual third Show Yourself was a previous addition to the tracker in the column with a view to stepping up in trip and she remains of real interest when sent over 7f, while fifth-placed__ Hemmsa__ also looks like one to keep a close eye on following a race that did not get to the bottom of her.

You can view the sectionals of the race by clicking here.


Latching onto those yards that have their horses ready at this stage of the year is a good angle to follow on two fronts. As well as following those that have the horses ready in the short term, noting those that are taking longer to come to hand can pay dividends further down the line so it’s always something I keep a close eye on at this time of year.

Nicholls spoke to Nick Luck about his eight Chepstow winners on Sunday

It was fairly obvious Paul Nicholls had his team well forward after watching the early exchanges of the “real” Jumps season at Chepstow y but there are several other yards that warrant a great deal of respect with their reappearance runners.

Fergal O’Brien rarely sends his runners to the track in need of an outing and enjoyed a strike-rate of 37% with his reappearance runners last October and is currently 2/6 with such horses this month. Kerry Lee is 2/2 and has her team in good order while Kim Bailey, who had a reappearance winner last week, generally seems to have his horses in-form and looks likely to match his impressive October reappearance strike-rate of 25% last term in the remainder of this month.

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