Hugh Fowler: 2 Year Olds (#8)

 

Welcome to another bumper edition of all things 2 Year Olds from Hugh Fowler. I do not know where he finds the time. This is quite a body of work and you lucky folk get it all for free. So, put the kettle on, make a pot of tea or three, and have a flick through the below. You are sure to get something from it as usual including the odd horse you may wish to track/keep an eye on. 

Over to Hugh…

 

Week Ending 25th June 2017

The Coventry, Windsor Castle and Queen Mary were seen this week. I have picked out a few to follow but as usual most of those that ran at RA with the exception of the Windsor Castle were ok.

In The Coventry I went for Murillo on the day. I knew that my anteposts on De Bruyne Horse and Brother Bear were not good enough before they left the paddock.

In the Windsor Castle only Mokaatil in 4th put in a decent show of the ones I had noted beforehand. Odd run from June Dog, he may re-appear to better effect later in the season.

Heartache won The Queen Mary fairly easily. The high draw seemed to be the key but it may well have been a result of pace as much as anything else. I backed Out Of The Flames and Neola in this who were 3rd and 5th. Mrs Gallagher and Formidable Kitt who were in the disadvantaged small group on the far side may be worth keeping an eye on nto.

In the Chesham both Match Maker and Hey Gaman were undone by the draw. the first 8 home came from the lowest 8 stalss and they were in 15 and 14 respectively.

 

Horses to follow – 2yo maidens who did not win on debut and may from their placing not be obvious nto winners.

Murillo – Murillo – Pick of the paddock for me, big, scopey. May have been held up for a stride about a furlong out although replay is not conclusive. 104

Chatburn – withdrawn at the start in the Windsor Castle but was one of the better models. 78

Mrs Gallagher – Mrs Gallagher – Looks as though she was unlucky due to the draw. 85

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Musbaq – Splendid strong colt, hard to argue he did too much in front as Falmouth Light stayed on well who went with him.  Maybe not quite the natural talent. 77

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Polar Light – Finished 8th in the Folk Tale Newmarket maiden; way too green to do himself justice but simply a beautifully proportioned big strong colt. Will probably need 7f as a minimum. 82 Ran u/p 28th June over 7f at Kempton, needs 8f.

Cosmopolitan Queen – Big, tall, strong filly. Coat not come through and daft as a brush throughout the prelims. Here for an educational but I suspect Mr Elsworth and Jeff Smith have something planned for this girl. Possibly a bit gawky at present but some frame to fill out and a cooks bum. Wasted lots of energy beforehand rearing and prancing in the pre parade and paddock as well as at the start. Still shaped well staying on at the death. 80 possibly more. 2nd 28th June over 6f at Kempton 9/2. Needs 7f.

Maksab – Is this Mick Channon’s Jallota for the 2017 season? Lower medium, green, 90% fit, despite this ran a good race out wide finishing off well. Given a really nice intro by SDS and could easily leave this form way behind nto. 81 Won 27th June 2/1.

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Match Maker – More compact and slightly lower slung than the first two. Medium. Tremendous stride at the walk, had to be niggled from an early stage as he ran green. Don’t think the stick was used and he was very purposeful toward the finish. Improve over further maybe past Westerland and Hey Gaman. 84. Looks to have had chance compromised by draw in The Chesham. Drawn 14 first 8 home drawn between 1 and 8. Back next twice.

Island Court – top end of medium. A typical Stan Moore bigger stronger type. Not ready to win here but ran a good race for his level of fitness. 74 this Camelot colt is not a world beater but may well be discounted in an easier race due to finishing position and connections.

Frostbite – Frostbite – Good sized medium colt, seriously short of debut fitness needed to win this but possibly can rate as good as anything else here. 75 Maybe a bit weak at the shoulder but looks to have the ability to improve from this and should be an ok price after finishing 7th.

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Special Mission – Sir Mark Prescott – Biggest in field, longer model, strongly made, around 90% fit but enough scope to improve considerably following a kind introduction. 75

Tathmeen – Richard Hannon – Tathmeen – Handsome, big athletic colt, still a bit rough in his coat on his flanks. Suffered, I think, a little from having Crowley aboard who is not at his best at Goodwood, only 8% on 2yos at Goodwood v 15% overall on turf. Not to say he is not tremendous improvement on his predecessor. He jumped off ok and pushed along a bit early, the horse then got lit up mid and did a bit too much in the middle of the race. He was then eased in good time though. Maybe more improvement in him than most. 90 In fact almost all of the runners from the Masar race at Goodwood should be taken note of nto. 3rd of 7 behind Invincible Army at Nmk 23rd June. Not supported. One more chance.

Another Day Of Sun – Cheap one bought for only 25k. Lower to mid medium, too free early, baulked late on and allowed to coast home. Instructive to look at his picture next to Masar as they are on almost the identical stride and similar shapes although ADOS is ¾ to 1 size smaller. ADOS’s coat is still to come through fully and he does not have quite the sheen of Masar. His muscle tone is also a little less defined. Possibly his neck is a little long for his frame in comparison and he does not give quite the impression of rib cage volume and power that Masar does. That said he does not look completely out of place and is a likeable type who will win races. My guess would be 82. WON NTO 5th June. Last of 6 28th June Salisbury Cl3 soft. Probably will need a sales race now.

Ertiyad – William Haggas From Mrs Gallagher maiden, probably the best filly seen as yet if it is not Out Of The Flames. WON Haydock 8th June. Disappointed in The Albany. 2 more chances

 

Reports/Reviews+Photos

#1: Read HERE>>>

#2: Read HERE>>>

#3 Read HERE>>>

 

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Fortnight ending 9th July

An undistinguished set of races following Royal Ascot. Only one added to the horses to follow; that being Bhodi who was far too colty in the Major Peirson race.

Windsor 26th June Winner Boomerang Betty, race of interest as one or two looked to have further potential inc Pheidippedes and Yorbelucky.

Kempton 28th June 7f Mdn, Winner Codicil, debut winner for Sir Mark Prescott. To follow horse Polar Light ran but needs further still.

Kempton 28th June 6f Mdn, Winner Encrypted. To follow horse Cosmopolitan Queen was 2nd. Needs 7f.

Newbury 29th June 7f fillies mdn, Winner Time Change – 4.63 seconds slow suggesting that the ground was not proper g/f. Tig Tog looking the best racehorse but a bit green and late getting going.

Newbury 29th June 6f Fillies Novice, Winner Queen Of Kalahari nothing of note.

Windsor 3rd July 5f Med Auction, Winner Flying Sparkle

Newbury 6th July 6f Fillies Novice, Winner Musical Art, Conclusion after looking at them all beforehand that this was a fairly empty race. Over 3 seconds slow on good to firm tends to confirm this.

Newbury 6th July 6f Novice, Winner Major Peirson, A simple case of a properly fit runner with experience and a decent shape being under-estimated by the market due to his unfashionable trainer versus the likes of under-prepared Stoute, Hannon and Meehan runners.

Sandown 7th July Dragon Stakes, Winner Havana Grey. Excellent performance here and possibly a bit better than previously thought.

Sandown 7th July 7f Novice, Winner Petrus, nothing to get too excited about here.

 

Horses to follow – 2yo maidens who did not win on debut and may from their placing not be obvious nto winners.

Bhodi – Big strong boy, taller than the rest but greener too and his endless coltyness and foolishness probably cost him a chance to compete for the places. Probably the best here long term 80

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Murillo – Murillo – Pick of the paddock for me, big, scopey. May have been held up for a stride about a furlong out although replay is not conclusive. 104 Made 6/4 fav for Railway stakes 3rd.

Chatburn – withdrawn at the start in the Windsor Castle but was one of the better models. 78

Mrs Gallagher – Mrs Gallagher – Looks as though she was unlucky due to the draw. 85 Won 8th July Nottingham 2/5f.

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Musbaq – Splendid strong colt, hard to argue he did too much in front as Falmouth Light stayed on well who went with him.  Maybe not quite the natural talent. 77

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Polar Light – Finished 8th in the Folk Tale Newmarket maiden; way too green to do himself justice but simply a beautifully proportioned big strong colt. Will probably need 7f as a minimum. 82 Ran u/p 28th June over 7f at Kempton, needs 8f.

Cosmopolitan Queen – Big, tall, strong filly. Coat not come through and daft as a brush throughout the prelims. Here for an educational but I suspect Mr Elsworth and Jeff Smith have something planned for this girl. Possibly a bit gawky at present but some frame to fill out and a cooks bum. Wasted lots of energy beforehand rearing and prancing in the pre parade and paddock as well as at the start. Still shaped well staying on at the death. 80 possibly more. 2nd 28th June over 6f at Kempton 9/2. Needs 7f.

Maksab – Is this Mick Channon’s Jallota for the 2017 season? Lower medium, green, 90% fit, despite this ran a good race out wide finishing off well. Given a really nice intro by SDS and could easily leave this form way behind nto. 81 Won 27th June 2/1.

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Match Maker – More compact and slightly lower slung than the first two. Medium. Tremendous stride at the walk, had to be niggled from an early stage as he ran green. Don’t think the stick was used and he was very purposeful toward the finish. Improve over further maybe past Westerland and Hey Gaman. 84. Looks to have had chance compromised by draw in The Chesham. Drawn 14 first 8 home drawn between 1 and 8. Back next twice.

Island Court – top end of medium. A typical Stan Moore bigger stronger type. Not ready to win here but ran a good race for his level of fitness. 74 this Camelot colt is not a world beater but may well be discounted in an easier race due to finishing position and connections.

Frostbite – Frostbite – Good sized medium colt, seriously short of debut fitness needed to win this but possibly can rate as good as anything else here. 75 Maybe a bit weak at the shoulder but looks to have the ability to improve from this and should be an ok price after finishing 7th.

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Special Mission – Sir Mark Prescott – Biggest in field, longer model, strongly made, around 90% fit but enough scope to improve considerably following a kind introduction. 75

Tathmeen – Richard Hannon – Tathmeen – Handsome, big athletic colt, still a bit rough in his coat on his flanks. Suffered, I think, a little from having Crowley aboard who is not at his best at Goodwood, only 8% on 2yos at Goodwood v 15% overall on turf. Not to say he is not tremendous improvement on his predecessor. He jumped off ok and pushed along a bit early, the horse then got lit up mid and did a bit too much in the middle of the race. He was then eased in good time though. Maybe more improvement in him than most. 90 In fact almost all of the runners from the Masar race at Goodwood should be taken note of nto. 3rd of 7 behind Invincible Army at Nmk 23rd June. Not supported. One more chance.

Another Day Of Sun – Cheap one bought for only 25k. Lower to mid medium, too free early, baulked late on and allowed to coast home. Instructive to look at his picture next to Masar as they are on almost the identical stride and similar shapes although ADOS is ¾ to 1 size smaller. ADOS’s coat is still to come through fully and he does not have quite the sheen of Masar. His muscle tone is also a little less defined. Possibly his neck is a little long for his frame in comparison and he does not give quite the impression of rib cage volume and power that Masar does. That said he does not look completely out of place and is a likeable type who will win races. My guess would be 82. WON NTO 5th June. Last of 6 28th June Salisbury Cl3 soft. Probably will need a sales race now.

Ertiyad – William Haggas From Mrs Gallagher maiden, probably the best filly seen as yet if it is not Out Of The Flames. WON Haydock 8th June. Disappointed in The Albany. 2 more chances.

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Reports/Reviews+Photos

#4: Read HERE >>>

#5: Read HERE >>>

#6: Read HERE >>>

#7: Read HERE >>>

#8: Read HERE >>>

#9: Read HERE >>>

#10: Read HERE >>>

#11: Read HERE >>>

#12: Read HERE >>>

#13: Read HERE >>>

 

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I think that’s all for this post.

Josh

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  • Another great read Hugh,many thanks for posting.

    robbie 10/07/17 12:36 PM Reply


  • Terrific stuff Hugh….Wow!, you must burn the midnight oil…
    Very much appreciated.

    Tony Mc.

    tonymc 10/07/17 2:31 PM Reply


  • Thanks everyone. Been horribly out of formsince Royal Ascot until Major Peirson last week stopped the rot. Not so much not seeing them as having a go when I did not have a strong conclusion. Pure muppetry and something I simply have to grow out of!
    Hugh

    alpha2 10/07/17 3:29 PM Reply


  • Great read Hugh, always followed B2yoR but that has folded and this does a really good job of replacing it. Thanks

    Ted Major 11/07/17 3:10 AM Reply


  • Fantastic stuff Hugh, thank you very much.

    john 11/07/17 3:05 PM Reply


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