Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: There is still a big performance left in Pinatubo

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 9 Sep 2020

Racing TV's Chris Dixon reflects on some of the recent action and reveals the horses he has added to his tracker following their recent efforts.

It has been a busy few days of Racing TV duty for me since I wrote last week’s column, so much so that apart from seeing all of the racing on Saturday, I haven’t had chance to catch up on much of the action away from the meetings I’ve been at since last Friday.

While at York on Sunday, I did notice the flash of blue down the outside of the field in the Prix Du Moulin and later became aware that it was Pinatubo that was shaping extremely well from a poor position. That effort suggests he still has the kind of breathtaking performance he produced in the National Stakes last year in him, and I suspect we’ll see it when he’s racing around a bend.

I am hoping he makes his way to America and the Breeders’ Cup Mile at the end of the season, because it could result in something special.

Pinatubo still has a breathtaking performance in him (Pic: Focusonracing)
Pinatubo still has a breathtaking performance in him (Pic: Focusonracing)

For all that I love being out and about working on the track, the sofa wasn’t a bad place to be on Saturday and it was from there that I watched Enable outclass her rivals in the September Stakes at Kempton. She oozed class in what was no more than a straightforward workout for her and hopefully she now gets a trouble-free passage to the Arc next month.

A trouble-free passage wasn’t something afforded to Jonah Jones in the sprint handicap on Saturday and the remote wasn’t far off going through the TV as he failed to get up having had to switch wide after meeting trouble.

He was unlucky and should have won, so if you had him in your tracker as previously suggested, then I’d keep him in there for now.

The edge was taken off that particular frustrating defeat by What An Angel who was also a suggested tracker horse after his run at Sandown and won well at Kempton having run poorly at Chepstow in between.

Shelir’s win at Thirsk was another for the tracker list, so hopefully regular readers may have been pointed in the direction of a winner – but as ever, I’ll emphasise it is just that, a pointer to a horse of interest and not a tip.

If the owners of Jonah Jones needed a pick-up after Ascot, they didn’t have to wait too long either as at York on Sunday, Starman wore the same colours as he produced the sprinting performance of the weekend in the Listed Garrowby Stakes (yes I did see the Sprint Cup at Haydock).

Starman impressed in the Garrowby Stakes at York

In taking his career record to three from three, he demolished a decent field despite still showing a few signs of inexperience and looks like a horse on his way to top level success.

I couldn’t be as confident about the amount of ability Star Seeking possesses, but she did look a good prospect in making a winning debut at Leicester on Monday. Her trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, likes to introduce nice horses at Leicester and though her time was marginally slower than the following novice for colts, that was won by the 86-rated Tawleed, and she would’ve been quicker if William Buick had kept the revs up.

Onto the horses to add into Racing TV tracker, and I’m going for one horse from each of the meetings I’ve attended over the past five days.

Tranchee – David Loughnane

Having made a winning start for his new stable at Wolverhampton in July, Tranchee hasn’t managed any further success, but second place finishes on his last two starts have been very encouraging and he looks capable of winning off his current mark.

He tanked through the race at Haydock last week but ended up making his move sooner than ideal and was picked off by the more patiently ridden, and well handicapped, Young Fire.

The handicapper has nudged him up another 2lb for this run, but he’s in top form right now and should find a race soon, possibly back on the all-weather where he gained his latest success.

Anythingtoday – Roger Fell

Anythingtoday isn’t really a horse to be making excuses for as he’s definitely not the easiest to win with, but he’s at the top of his game at present and ran extremely well at York on Sunday. Impressing with how he moved through the race, he moved the front going well but was swamped by one coming from off the pace. He’ll go up for this, but connections have a bit of time to find a race for him before his new mark kicks in as he ran on a Sunday.

Casuarina – Ralph Beckett

Very strong in the market, Casuarina was hopelessly green in the early part of the race but ran on nicely late on as she got the hang of what was required. Bred to be better as a three-year-old and suited by middle distances, she’ll improve a lot into next season, though is capable of picking up a back-end maiden or novice based on this effort, especially given her inexperience here and the way other two-year-old’s from her stable have improved for a run this year.

Mr Strutter – Ronald Thompson

Races can get very messy when the ground is soft at Catterick as the field flock towards the near-side rail looking for the best ground. As a result, it’s often the case that those in behind struggle to get a run, and that’s exactly what happened to Mr Strutter on Tuesday. Ultimately finishing the race with running left in the tank, he’s on a good mark and in form, so looks a likely type to find a race before the end of the season. He’s ideally suited by a good pace nowadays.

One for the week ahead

A few current tracker horses hold entries for the week ahead, including Omnivega who was successful at Kempton on Wednesday.

Dapper Man, who was mentioned as one for the tracker in early August, after a good run at Catterick with a caveat to watch out for him once the yard hit form. He’s been running well but been beaten on three occasions since, but the yard still hasn’t hit form (3 from 65 in August and 0 from 26 so far in September). However, the recent signs have been that they could soon be ready to start firing in some winners again, and the race Dapper Man holds an entry for at Musselburgh later in the week looks an interesting opportunity for him.

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