Another update from our resident 2 YO expert, Hugh… (always a fascinating read- includes eye-catchers)
Week ending 4th June
Leicester 30th May
The week got off to a great start with June Dog at Leicester put up as an e/w selection in the preview and backed in from 16’s to 8’s.
Westerland won the other division of the maiden from Hey Gaman, yet another second for James Tate who is I think 0 from 20 on debut this season yet has any number of placed 2yos.
The 5f Novice on the card was won by Roussel for Godolphin from Demon’s Rock who were joint top rated in the preview.
Nottingham 31st May
A boil over with Wings Of The Rock winning, I had missed him out from my analysis and failed to see him until he was leaving the paddock. Double sods law, not that I would have probably spotted his talent. Avery average heat.
Goodwood 2nd June
Snazzy Jazzy won this quite well from an ok field. I shall have to upgrade Red Jazz, the sire, to reflect his now having has several debut wins. Pleased to have steered any readers of the preview away from Aiya who was backed down to an inexplicable 7/4.
Horses to follow – 2yo maidens who did not win on debut and may from their placing not be obvious nto winners.
Matchmaker – 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.
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.
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.
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
– William Haggas From Mrs Gallagher maiden, probably the best filly seen as yet if it is not Out Of The Flames. DECLARED Haydock 8th June
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That’s the lot for this week.