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Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: Go into battle with War Horse

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 23 Jun 2021

With Royal Ascot taking centre stage last week much of the racing elsewhere was relatively uncompetitive with several small field contests that don’t appeal as especially strong form.

In contests such as those I’m often loathed to put up horses as being of interest going forward but I did note a few horses that looked likely types for races in the near future along with a possible star performer to rival those in action at Royal Ascot later in the season.

QAWAMEES - MICHAEL & DAVID EASTERBY

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It’s a little while since Qawamees has produced his best but there’s been signs of late that he’s not far away from a return to form and he’s a well handicapped horse for when he does start to click again.

The market support behind him at Thirsk on his penultimate start was a sign connections felt they had him back in a good place but over an inadequate trip he was unable to capitalise.

At Haydock last week there was evidence that faith before his previous start wasn’t too far wide of the mark as he looked back in form with a strong finish from off the pace but the step up in trip to 10f wasn’t quite far enough.

A return to 12f is surely on the cards soon and when he gets an increased stamina test than the one he’s had of late then he’s ready to strike.


WAR HORSE - MARCO BOTTI

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There were a few horses that you could take out of what looked a pretty warm 7f Novice at Newmarket on Saturday and War Horse was one who I thought shaped with significant promise and could improve significantly next time.

He looked an impressive type physically and settled into the race well despite lacking cover early on but was outpaced from over 2f out.

Given a couple of reminders, he picked up once hitting the rising ground to cross the line with more to give, shaping like a horse who will improve for this experience and will be of particular interest once going up in trip.


SOMETHING ENTICING - DAVID ELSWORTH

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Something Enticing has not managed to supplement her back-to-back wins at Kempton and Nottingham in a couple of subsequent starts but I’d be surprised if she isn’t still ahead of her mark based on her close-up third at Newmarket on Friday.

Dropped out early in a race run at a fairly steady tempo, she eventually got a better run through than the winner Wink Of An Eye who did very well to win but is also well ahead of his mark and I suspect that Something Enticing is on an attractive rating following a 1lb rise to 79.

Yet to encounter quick ground, such conditions would be a doubt for her so I’d prefer to back her on good ground or softer in the short term but under those conditions in a race that looks likely to be run at a good gallop over this sort of trip she’d be of real interest.


BAAEED - WILLIAM HAGGAS

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Even though most of the top quality action over the past week took place at Royal Ascot, Baaeed looked like a horse who will not be long in making his mark in Pattern Company with a hugely impressive seven and a half length win at Newmarket on Saturday.

Sent off at odds-on to defy a penalty for his previous win at Leicester, Baaeed produced a performance that oozed class and the clock fully backed up the visual impression he created. He looks the real deal and ready for a higher level, where he can at least hold his own next time.

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