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Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: North Wind has speed to strike over five

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Thu 23 Jul 2020

A number of top tracks held meetings last week, with some quality action coming from the likes of Haydock, Newbury, Sandown and York, so there was no shortage of options for finding some strong pieces of form and horses to keep a close eye on in the weeks ahead.

As a result I’ve gone a bit tracker-crazy this week with a three handicappers and three exciting novice winners to add to the Racing TV tracker, but I’ll start with a hot race I expect to work out well in the weeks ahead.

Hot race

There are quite a few horses worth adding to the tracker this week and in addition to those listed below it could be worth throwing a few of the runners that contested the williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Novice Stakes at York on Sunday.

Won by the potentially smart Roberto Escobarr, who had previously shaped with huge promise at Haydock on his debut, the first five home in the race all have good reasons to recommend them in the weeks ahead and this seems sure to be a race that works out very well.

Make a note of these names! Roberto Escobarr wins a hot handicap at York

For your racingtv.com tracker

Prompting – David O’Meara

Prompting was a consistent and steadily progressive horse for Olly Murphy last year but took his form to a new level on his first outing for David O’Meara as he started his four-year-old campaign at Ayr last week.

Always travelling strongly, he readily brushed aside a clutch of well-handicapped horses to score with plenty more in hand than the two-length margin and given his good pedigree (he is a half-brother to dual Group 1 winner One Master) and unexposed profile, he looks a horse with the potential for some better quality handicaps in time.

Cepheus – Brian Meehan

Cepheus is yet to add to his debut defeat of subsequent Group 3 winner Volkan Star in three outings this term but he’s been contesting some competitive races and his latest second behind the progressive Omnivega was another step forward.

Unable to match the pace of the winner, he kept on well and is open to further progress at this trip and possibly beyond.

North Wind – David Barron

The stands' side looked to be an advantage at York on Saturday and North Wind shaped best of those that race up the unfavoured centre in the closing six-furlong handicap won by Tukhoom.

Second home of those that raced up the middle, North Wind travelled best of anything through the race but just flattened out late on. Dropped 1lb in the handicap after this, he looks a well-treated horse and given he possesses plenty of pace, will be suited by a return to five furlongs.

Those who raced towards the stands' side looked to hold an advantage here

Rhythm Master – Richard Fahey

Rhythm Master was sent of at 16-1 for this racecourse debut at Haydock but looked a potentially smart two-year-old as he scooted clear of some rivals with fair form and experience behind them.

Time comparisons between races on a card with worsening conditions should be taken with a pinch of salt but I doubt the ground slowed down a huge amount in the 30 minutes between Rhythm Master’s win and that of the runners in the following 0-80 handicap for older horses so I’m still taking encouragement from the fact he was around three lengths quicker than the winner of that race who carried the same weight off a mark of 78.

A £210,000 Guineas purchase as a yearling, Rhythm Master has a useful pedigree and has potential to make his mark in pattern company this season.

Fly Miss Helen – Richard Hannon

Newbury novice races are often a rich source smart horses and future winners and Fly Miss Helen looked like a filly with a big future ahead of her when making a winning debut at the Berkshire track on Saturday.

Strong in the market, she was hampered at the start but settled well in midfield under Sean Levey before comfortably picking up an experienced rival to stretch away in impressive fashion.

Whoosh! Fly Miss Helen spreads her wings to win at Newbury

She gave the impression she never had to get into anything like top gear to win over a trip that will be short of her optimum and given she also has a useful pedigree (Le Havre out of the Listed winner Growing Glory) and comes from a stable whose newcomers often improve significantly; she looks a smart prospect.

My Oberon – William Haggas

Having made a very encouraging debut at Newmarket in June My Oberon was extremely well-backed prior to bolting up against some rivals who brought fair form to the table at York on Saturday.

Allotted a mark of 101 on the back of this performance, it will be interesting to see how his shrewd handler decides to campaign him but there won’t be many mistakes made in that regard and the manner of his win suggests there’s still significant improvement in him and he’ll win more races this season.

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