Notes And Angles: Eyecatchers and horses to follow

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 8 Sep 2021

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There was some quality action over the weekend, and it was a particularly good one for Kevin Ryan at Haydock as he landed not only the Group One Betfair Sprint Cup with Emaraaty Ana, but also the Listed Ascendant Stakes with Triple Time.

If you believe my brother (I tend to as he’s usually fairly close to the mark with these things) then the last named could be up to emulating his stablemate in the future, as he looks a really exciting prospect for next season.

Onto some shorter-term prospects, here’s some suggested tracker additions for last week’s racing.

Ryan’s Party – Kevin Ryan

Although it was a small field, I think the Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro 2-y-o Series Final at Hamilton on Wednesday was a pretty strong contest and the one to take out of it in the short term may be Ryan’s Party.

He travelled as well as any through much of the race but didn’t finish off as well as seemed likely, though his track position towards the far side was perhaps a disadvantage.

I think he is worth another chance to prove he is well-treated, given the balance of his overall form, and his pedigree suggests that could be the case.

Dreambird – Roger Charlton

Dreambird was no match for a well-handicapped winner at Chelmsford last week but seems to be going the right way since upped in trip.

Only just beaten by an in-form improver at Beverley, she was value for being a little bit closer here as she was a bit short of room on the turn into the straight, just as she was steadily building her momentum.

Clearly a stayer, she’s up to winning a race of this nature soon.

Brains – Jamie Osborne

Brains may not be the easiest to win with nowadays, but he has been prolific in the past and could soon be ready to break his losing sequence.

Given wind surgery prior to his second at Bath last month, he has since run in a couple of competitive Racing League races on the all-weather against much higher-rated horses than he needs to be taking on.

On each occasion, he did plenty in front, especially at Newcastle last week, and both of those efforts can be marked up.

I will be keeping a close eye on him in the coming months when given a chance down in grade.

Mythical Dancer – Charlie Appleby

Mythical Dancer impressed in terms of physique in the paddock prior to his debut at Thirsk on Saturday but did look as though he would tighten up for a run and showed signs of greenness in the race, so looks the type who will progress with racing.

Settled in a good position early, he was unable to go with the more experienced runner-up when that rival initially quickened in the straight - a combination of inexperience and initial lack of pace seemed to catch him out - but he picked up very well to lead close home and will be well suited by a step up in trip based on this run, and his pedigree.

Hot form

There was not much to separate the first few home in the race won by Further Measure at Chelmsford on Thursday, but with the winner looking a well-treated improver, the runner-up a consistent horse with the benefit of a good 5lb claimer, and the third home a last time out winner, there were reasons to be positive about each of the front three home going into the race.

In behind those, the fourth was a handicap debutant from a top stable and the fifth is definitely on an attractive mark, while the sixth had taken advantage of a falling mark to win on his previous start.

Throw into the mix that the time was pretty good, and this looks like a piece of form that could work out well.

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