An eye-catcher from last week for the tracker…
Tidal Watch – 5YO Bay Gelding / Jonjo O’Neill
This horse ran in the 4.30 on Sat – the 2m5f Novice Handicap Chase at Market Rasen and looks to be one to keep onside, even if he is trained by the ‘inconsistent’ Jonjo O’Neill team. Ahem. He was making chase debut here and ran well – in general he jumped well, esp given his inexperience. He’s 5/12,8p over hurdles, his best form on a decent surface and over 16f. On this rain softened ground and over 2m6f (a few extra yards due to rail movements), and given his inexperience, it’s maybe no surprise they were very patient with him out the back. The race looked to be slowly run to my eyes, turning into a relative sprint 3 from home. Junior looked anxious not to throw the kitchen sink at him late on, having moved up menacingly – I do wonder if he just ran out off puff, esp in the going. In any case he knows how to win and this was a run of promise, arguably the right two horses in-front. It suggests he could be a better chaser than hurdler and on TV looked plenty big enough. A firmer surface could be important and it will be interesting to see what they do with him trip wise – the jury is out as to how far he’ll stay over fences and he is flat bred. Provided the yard don’t bugger him up, you’d be surprised if he didn’t have a few chase wins in him this summer, on better ground.