Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: View to score again before season ends

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Tue 29 Sep 2020

The Racing TV presenter is back with a handful of horses to add to your Racing TV tracker that ought to be back in the winners' enclosure over the coming weeks.

It was a relatively quiet week on the work front last week as I quickly crammed in back-to-back shifts at Redcar and Newmarket before enjoying the rest of the Cambridgeshire meeting at HQ, plus the rest of the action, from the comfort and warmth of the sofa.

It can take a while to warm up after a shift on the Rowley Mile, a place where I don’t think I’ve ever been warm, and I wasn’t envious of Nick, Lydia and Martin on Saturday afternoon!

I could tell Martin was absolutely frozen by the end of the afternoon, but he would soon have a spring in his step again after the win of Stone Mason at Chelmsford in the evening.

Hopefully a few of you kept the faith after a positive mention for him prior to his run at Beverley last week when the race didn’t play out anywhere near as well for him as this one.

The next stop for him will be Nottingham off his revised mark of 64, and hopefully he’ll be able to build on the win.

The other horse I mentioned I was really looking forward to seeing from the tracker last week was Mark’s Choice who had been added after an eye-catching first start for Sam England at Haydock.

Unfortunately, he ended up on the wrong part of the track at Redcar on Wednesday but did manage to get his head in front at Ripon on Saturday – it’s a shame for him that was the last meeting at the track for this year.

As for horses of interest from the tracker this week, there aren’t too many featuring among the entries for the week ahead, though Mr Strutter will be worth keeping an eye on, especially if going to Wolverhampton next Monday for a race that is unlikely to be that strong over a course and distance he gained his last win.

Moll Davis went into the tracker right at the beginning of the season and is well worth considering in either race she holds an entry for at Newmarket on Saturday, especially if the rain that’s forecast across the country at the end of the week hits the track.

Onto the four horses to add into your tracker this week, starting with an unbeaten two-year-old who I think will progress plenty into next season.


Add La Barrosa into your Racing TV tracker

Trainer: Charlie Appleby.

Watch how La Barrosa landed the Tattersalls Stakes

On the face of it, La Barrosa wasn’t especially impressive in winning what probably wasn’t a vintage renewal of the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket last week, and the time of the race was also nothing to write home about, either.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be impressed by the way he managed to build on his winning debut at Ascot and he remains a colt who should progress plenty.

Impressing with how he went through the race, La Barrosa was trapped in with nowhere to go at the point of the race William Buick would ideally have been starting his run, and I believe he would’ve been a much more impressive winner had the race developed differently.

La Barrosa looks more like a stayer relative to his opposition here and a messy race, coupled with only being allowed to open up late, played against him, but he still managed to win and I think he looks the type to progress a lot into next season when sent over a mile plus, ten furlongs looks sure to suit in time.


Add Grey D’Ars into your Racing TV tracker

Trainer: Nick Littmoden.

Grey D'Ars was no match for Vulcan at Haydock

I often take a close look at horses that are beaten a long way into second by obviously well-handicapped winners and Grey D’Ars looks interesting after chasing home the improving Vulcan at Haydock last week.

Though a bit of waywardness under pressure late on is a slight concern, Grey D’Ars is clearly in form right now and his previous form at Kempton behind one who has followed up since is looking solid.

Well-handicapped on old form, he should be capable of taking advantage of his rating at a time of year when suitable races shouldn’t be hard to find for a horse who is effective on easy ground and the All-Weather.


Add Captain Corcoran into your Racing TV tracker

Trainer: Eric Alston.

Captain Corcoran fared best of the rest behind Dapper Man last time out

I’ve mentioned on several occasions in this column that I like to take an interest in horses who have run well against a track bias and Captain Corcoran has now done that on successive outings since winning at Catterick last month.

The latest run came at Redcar last week when he beat all bar Dapper Man (I gave up on him too soon!) who was the only horse to race on what by the end of the afternoon was clearly a hugely-advantageous stands rail.

The race has already thrown up a subsequent winner from those who raced up the centre in the shape of Mark’s Choice, who went on to bolt up at Ripon at the weekend and Captain Corcoran is well enough handicapped to get another win on the board before the season ends.


Add Good View into your Racing TV tracker

Trainer: David O’Meara.

Watch how Good View fared at Musselburgh

Good View had been an impressive winner of a staying race at Pontefract prior to lining up over a shorter trip at Musselburgh on Sunday and was inconvenienced by the combination of a shorter trip and steadily run race at a sharper track.

She still ran with credit to finish third though and looks capable of winning again before the end of the season, at either a longer trip or at a more galloping track in a race where the gallop is stronger.


The autumn is officially here and that usually means testing ground on the Flat is soon to be the norm, rather than the exception.

Many punters will immediately be searching for the horses with proven soft ground form in the book, but among the less exposed ones there isn’t always the evidence there just yet.

Pedigree is the next port of call to see if a horse is likely to be suited by the deep ground and two sires I always look out for are Fast Company and Roderic O’Connor.

Both these stallions have a significantly better record with their progeny running on ground softer than good and it’s worth keeping an eye on their runners over the next month or so.

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