A week on the road last week means my Flat season is now well and truly up and running. Here are half a dozen horses who caught the eye at my various points of call and are worth sticking in your tracker for the next few runs.
The feature of the first day of the Craven meeting was that the stands rail seemed an advantage and so Solid Stone’s narrow win in the finale can be upgraded as he raced out in the centre of the course.
It was a typical Ryan Moore ride, putting the horse in a position to win but involving a large element of education along the way. The London Gold Cup at Newbury was touted as a potential next step.
On the face of the finishing position was nothing to write home about but this doesn’t tell the true story as Moyassar made a big mid race effort which it was not surprising he wasn’t able to sustain.
He is a really nice looking individual and is open to progress with this under his belt.
A really big imposing sort he looked very much in need of the experience in the preliminaries and it was therefore very encouraging that he was able to make so much progress in the latter stages.
He appeals as the type to keep improving as he gains more experience.
Tim Easterby likes to run his better two-year-olds at Ripon ran debutant Hurstwood, a son of Dark Angel a sire whose juveniles often improve markedly from their debuts.
Initially, Hurstwood was all at sea and struggling in last but, as the penny dropped, he really caught the eye making substantial ground and hitting the line strongly.
He could be very smart.
Was beaten by the draw having to go a long way back from the outside stall in order to avoid covering ground.
As such, he was a hostage to fortune and needed a stronger pace to help his enforced position tactically.
It never really materialised with the winner getting first run but Forbidden Planet kept on all the way to the line and could be a big player in the Northumberland Plate or its consolation race in late June.
Got too far back on a track that on fast ground favours a handier run style, especially when the pace when the pace does not pick up until the home straight.
Left with a lot of running to do he kept on all the way to the line. Easier ground may also have suited better given the way he moved to post.
Here are my four best bets for Tuesday’s action:
Shaped well at Kempton on the last of his three runs before moving into handicaps only to disappoint at Lingfield when sent off favourite.
He appeared to get a bit lit up that day and hopefully as he gains experience, this expensive purchase, who attracted significant support before his racecourse debut at Newbury, can be seen to better effect here.
A strong traveller who doesn’t always find a great deal off the bridle he should be well suited by the emphasis being on speed at this trip which looks as far as he wants.
His overall level of form does look superior to his rivals here and he can oblige under Tom Scudamore.
Solar Park’s hat-trick bid was derailed at Kempton last time, but he is worth another chance to regain the winning thread with Ryan Moore booked for an in-form yard of James Tate.
The in-form Camchess and unbeaten Airwaves should help the support the price and Solar Park can give weight all round.
Looked well ahead of his starting mark when winning at Kempton off just 50 and so it was a bit of a surprise to see him turned over back at the track next time.
There are a few good yards represented for such a low-grade handicap but few have shown the potential Capofaro has and he can return to winning ways.