In the first Notes and Angles column I mentioned that the horses I would be putting forward were not automatically a tip for the next time they ran, but more a horse of interest in their next few runs.
I use my list of horses of interest as a start point into a race and over the next few days there are a few of the horses I’ve mentioned in these notes that are set to line up.
The three that interest me most looking at the entries they hold are Pure Dreamer, What An Angel and Jonah Jones, especially if they take up their engagements at Ascot as each of them has a style of racing that will be well suited to that track.
Whether or not I’ll back any of them depends on various factors, but I’ll be taking a close look at each of them this weekend.
That weekend study needs to be put on hold until Friday night, though, and for now it’s onto the latest additions to the Racing TV Tracker.
AL MANSOURA (DAVID O’MEARA)
Al Mansoura has improved steadily with each start of her career and the evidence of her handicap debut at Ayr last week (watch above) suggests she’s a low-level handicapper to keep on side in the short term.
Upped in trip from her first two outings, she travelled kindly before ultimately losing out to the well-handicapped Equidae (followed up since) with a further length back to the third Sienna Dream (close second since) and looks to have been favourably treated with a rise of just 2lb.
Given I work as an analyst and race-planner for her trainer David O’Meara, I’m hoping she can be found a winning opportunity very soon.
BAILEYS DERBYDAY (MARK JOHNSTON)
This is a horse that went into my notebook courtesy of my brother Martin who was on duty for Racing TV when the son of New Approach made his racecourse debut at Beverley last week.
Described as “not all there physically or mentally” he still showed plenty of promise to finish third and could improve plenty for the experience to find a race this backend. However, as his pedigree suggests, he’ll become of real interest as a three-year-old next season when tackling middle distances.
MISS MULLIGAN (GEORGE SCOTT)
Miss Mulligan has a pedigree that suggests she should be a good bit better than a handicap mark in the low 70s and having shown improved form on her handicap debut at Newmarket on Friday evening she looks like one to follow once upped in trip.
Well served by the step up to 10f behind the improving Alpine Mistral, Miss Mulligan still looked a bit short of pace but kept on finding for pressure and will improve again once upped to 12f or perhaps a touch further.
ARCHAEOLOGY (JEDD O’KEEFFE)
Archaeology was perhaps a shade unlucky not to win at Redcar on Saturday night.
Ridden with patience off a good gallop, he travelled strongly but was locked up on the inside when the winner made his move and as such conceded first run. He made good headway once in the clear and looks to have returned from his absence better than ever.
Ideally suited by a well-run race, he will be seen to best effect on either a straight track or a course with a long run in while he’s versatile regards ground.
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