Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: This Dream looks one to follow

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 17 Feb 2021

The Jumpers Bumper cards have served their purpose in recent weeks but, as I’ve mentioned previously, they haven’t really been for me from a punting perspective, so it’s been good to have regular jumps action back over the past few days.

The type of race hasn’t made much of difference to Dan Skelton as his rich vein of form continued at Warwick on Monday and he’s on course for his best February.

Another stable worth keeping an eye on is that of Michael Attwater, who endured a lengthy barren spell broken by the success of Cappananty Con in late January.

A further three successes have followed, including another for Cappananty Con and with some potentially well-treated horses in his care there could be more winners on the horizon for the Epsom-based handler who has several entries this week.

The number of abandoned meetings coupled with some pretty thin fields on the all-weather means there’s only a couple of suggested additions to your trackers, though in addition I’ve also highlighted a hot piece of form and recent beaten favourite to keep on side as well as an angle to keep an eye on.

Informateur (Sue Smith)

The combination of 3m1f and testing ground seemed too much of a stamina test for Informateur at Catterick on Tuesday but he shaped like a well-handicapped horse who can take advantage granted a more suitable test. Settled in behind the leaders in a small field, he made good progress down the back straight on the final circuit before taking up the running following a fine jump over the penultimate fence on that part of the track.

Still disputing the lead over the first in the home straight, he then emptied out against some stronger stayers but there was enough encouragement to suggest he can win races over fences off this sort of mark, while his hurdles form also points to him being on a rating he can exploit, especially when the yard hit better form.

Easy To Dream (Charlie Hills)

Given he had a difficult draw in stall 11 and on paper it looked as though the race could be run at a good pace, it was understandable that Easy To Dream was dropped in at Kempton on Tuesday but when the good gallop didn’t materialise he was left in a difficult position.

In getting as close as he did to the pace-setters who finished first and second, he ran extremely well and suggested he has plenty in hand off his lowly mark of 56. There’ll be few more obvious eyecatchers than him and I don’t expect him to be a big price next time but he’s a horse of serious interest at this level in the short term.

Every excuse

A prominent position is invariably an advantage in a race not run at a good pace but that scenario didn’t suit Tone The Barone, who was turned over as a warm favourite at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Too free in a dispute of the lead with the winner Lord Riddiford, Tone The Barone was unable to build on his previous narrow success at Chelmsford but he will be much better off when getting more cover off a stronger pace. He remains a well-handicapped sprinter.

Hot form

It’s not often you see a horse on the Flat whacked up 13lb in one go by the handicapper but that was the understandable reaction by the assessor to Arafi landing a hat-trick with an impressive 5½ length win at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

The manner of her performance and the time she clocked suggests she’s still on a fair mark despite the hefty rise while those in behind are unlikely to bump into one with as much in hand in the coming weeks and may be able to find suitable opportunities after being either left alone or dropped in the weights.

Runner-up Spring Romance has already enjoyed a fine winter but this run suggests he can strike again, while the third home Healing Power was strong in the market and ran well off what looks a good mark based on his best form.

Angle to note

Dark Pine and Monsaraz gave in-form trainer David Loughnane a double at Wolverhampton on Saturday and in doing so both gained their second win since joining the yard.

Tanchee is another horse who’s been running well of late and, like Dark Pine and Monsaraz made an immediate impact after joining the stable last summer before progressing and gaining further success.

Those three horses contribute to the generally good record of horses having their first start for the stable and though backing all such horses at SP hasn’t turned a profit in the past year, those able to obtain early prices have been in clover and the angle is expected to continue to be a source of winners throughout the coming Flat season.

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