The Racing TV presenter and pundit was struck by the promise shown by a prolific winner on his return at Kelso on Sunday and nominates some other horses to have taken his eye in the last few days.
As a fan of All-weather racing through the winter months, the Flat season never really draws to a close in my eyes, but if there is a quiet time of the year for me on the punting front then this is it.
Bad ground, track biases that seem less predictable than for the rest of the year and horses beginning to go over the top after a busy campaign (perhaps less of an issue in this truncated campaign) are all factors that mean I rarely bet as much at this time of year.
There’s also a fairly significant amount of time that I need to spend on looking through the Autumn Horses In Training catalogue but between researching those possible future purchases I’m also starting to take an interest in the Jumps once again.
I don’t watch the summer Jumps racing – there’s too much happening on the Flat to try and keep on top of – but this coming weekend is usually the time I begin to slip back into Jumps mode.
This year I went a week early and watched the jumpers alongside the Arc (which, to keep the Jumps racing theme going, was run on ground that looked akin to Chepstow for the Welsh Grand National) and spotted one horse I thought looked of real interest for the season ahead. That left me short though so to make sure there’s enough interesting horses to add to your racingtv.com tracker I asked a couple of excellent judges and Racing TV colleagues to nominate a jumper that has caught their eye over the past week.
Trainer: David Simcock
Previous renewals of the opening race at Newmarket on Saturday have produced some useful stayers, including 2012 St Leger winner Encke for Charlie Appleby, who won the race this time around with the well-bred Mystical Dawn.
He looks a very nice prospect for longer distances next season, as does the third Bolshoi Ballet who should improve a lot from this.
The fourth-home Frantoio also appeals as the type who’ll improve a lot and given he’ll be a shade less obvious that the other pair, is the one to add to the Racing TV tracker. Typical of a newcomer from his yard, he was very green in the early part of the race but kept on well from a poor position to make a highly-encouraging debut.
I’m not sure what route his connections will take short term, but given the record of both his sire and the stable at the track, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn up at Newcastle before the year is out to get his head in front.
Chris explained on Racing TV the promise he saw in Frantoio's performance
Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Timeform Jumps Editor and Racing TV colleague Dan Barber is responsible for this addition as his enthusiasm for Captain Morgs on our WhatsApp group following his debut at Warwick last week was contagious.
Dan was on track for Racing TV and described the four-year-old son of Milan as "a superb looker" which is an encouraging start and it’s clear to see on the replay of the race that he made a very encouraging debut.
He has a stout pedigree so a steadily-run race that turned into a sprint didn’t suit him, especially as he was very green when initially asked to quicken, but he shaped liked the best prospect in the race here and is one to follow.
Is Captain Morgs the type to win his bumper next time out?
Trainer: Caroline Bailey
Time for my brother, Martin, to lend a helping hand and his recommendation for an addition to the tracker is The Triple Pillar.
Having looked a stayer on his debut at Warwick, he wasn’t suited by the drop in trip at Uttoxeter last week but kept plugging away and will improve when getting an increased test of stamina in handicaps.
From a stable that do very well with their chasers, this winning pointer will really progress when getting a chance over fences at staying trips and is the type to win plenty of races given that sort of test.
Trainer: Harriet Graham
When looking through the Kelso card on Sunday morning I dismissed the chances of Aye Right in the feature handicap on the card on account of the trip at a sharp track being an unsuitable test for him.
As it was, he ran much better than I expected but shaped with abundant promise as he stayed on nicely in a race run in a good time. Versatile as regards ground, he’s effective from two and a half miles up to three and will be well suited by a step up in distance to anywhere in that range next time, so will be of interest off what looks an appealing mark.
Aye Right shapes with plenty of promise on his Kelso reappearance
ANGLE TO NOTE:
William Buick has enjoyed a tremendous season and though the jockeys’ championship will probably evade him given that Oisin Murphy holds a healthy lead, it’s clear Buick is throwing some effort at the final few weeks of the campaign.
If he was to close down the reigning champion late in the piece it will be down to the support of the trainers who don’t have the firepower for top races but saddle plenty of winners at a lower level, and a man that fits the bill is David Evans.
Buick has hardly been a regular in the saddle aboard Evans runners in recent seasons but he’s been busy for the stable of late and rode a double for them at Wolverhampton on Monday evening.
Those two winners mean his record when riding for David Evans in the past fortnight reads 210114 so it could be worth keeping an eye out for when the pair team up again in the coming weeks.
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