Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: Third Wind one to keep on side this season

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Tue 24 Nov 2020

The Racing TV pundit is back to reveal the horses who he expects it will pay to follow over the coming weeks plus a trainer to follow and race to note.

Click here to read previous editions of Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles.

There’s been some impressive performances on the track over the past week, none more so in my view than Shiskin at Kempton on Monday afternoon.

He couldn’t have jumped much better on his first start over fences. I’ll look forward to the analysis of that and a lot more on The Road To Cheltenham with Lydia Hislop and Ruby Walsh on Racing TV on Thursday evening, while for now, I’ll focus on picking out a few noteworthy efforts at a lower level over the past seven days.

AQUILA SKY – Sam Allwood

I mentioned last week that I thought Sam Allwood is a trainer to keep an eye on and the latest of his horses that looks of interest in the weeks ahead is Aquila Sky.

Held up in a race where the pace held up at a track where a prominent pitch is often an advantage, Aquila Sky travelled into the race comfortably and did well to get as close as he did given where he came from.

The impression he left is one of a horse who’s attractively handicapped and though he may get further, I suspect he’ll be of most interest in the short term if persevered with at this trip on similar ground at a more galloping track.

RELKADAM - Tim Easterby

Relkadam hasn’t stood much racing since joining Tim Easterby from Guy Cherel in France but showed enough on his first start of the season at Market Rasen on Thursday to suggest he’s going to be winning races soon.

Dropped out early, he impressed with the way he travelled into the race against some in-form horses and his mark of 101 makes him eligible for weaker races than this so his shrewd handler should find a winning opportunity for him before too long.

GO WHATEVER – Chris Gordon

Go Whatever took to chasing well on his first start over fences at Ascot on Saturday and should be able to build on this promising effort.

Set a stiff task against in-form and race-fit horses in what looked a competitive race for the grade, Go Whatever jumped nicely but seemed to be caught out as the race developed just before the straight, losing his pitch and dropping to fifth spot.

It seemed likely he’d quickly drop away from that point but he kept to his task admirably to get back up for fourth. His best form has so far come on a deeper surface and the suspicion is he’ll benefit from a return to more testing ground, while even longer trips may be within range.

Hot Form:

This is fairly obvious as the staying handicap hurdle on the Betfair Chase card at Haydock is always a very strong race.

It was so again and looks like a piece of form that will throw up plenty of winners.

Won by the rapidly progressive Main Fact, the runner-up Third Wind had some very strong form last season, including when fourth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (he’s already qualified for the 2021 Final) and can win races off his revised mark of 144.

Several others in behind will also be able to find much less competitive races than this to contest over the next couple of months.

Every Excuse:

Invincible Larne was sent off a short-priced favourite to follow up a recent course and distance win at Chelmsford on Thursday but ended up with a shocking passage through and was ultimately left with no chance.

Clearly still in good form, the race he’d won previously is starting to work out quite well and he’s going to be up to winning more races this winter from his current mark.

Angle to note:

When preparing for my Racing TV shift at Market Rasen on Thursday, I noted how well Laura Morgan’s horses had been running since racing resumed back in June.

Operating at a strike rate of almost 18 per cent in that period, her horses have been holding their form well and regularly running well in defeat for several months.

Cesar Collonges was third at Market Rasen and looks like a horse who won’t be long in winning, probably when getting onto softer ground, and is one to add to the tracker, while stablemate Against All Odds, successful at Catterick on Friday, should also continue to pay her way.

In the post-race interview with Laura at Catterick, she mentioned a new gallop had recently been installed at her Leicestershire yard and with results suggesting it’s working well it could pay to keep a close eye on runners from the stable.

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