For this week’s eye-catcher post I’ve focussed on the 2.40 Stratford, run on the 22nd August. I tipped the second in this race who ran well. On reflection I think this could be a race to track, certainly into the last few weeks of the ‘summer’ jumping scene.
Topofthecotswolds (WON) (age 5, Nigel Twiston-Davies)
This was an impressive performance on only his 4th chase start. I’d hoped that his inexperience would catch him out, in the context of his price, especially in the jumping department. But, stepped up in trip, he put in an assured display. He’s getting better all the time. This was a decent race for the time of year and he won going away. On this evidence he’d get 3m+, and may improve further for such a step up. He ran in the trainer’s colours here and i’d be surprised if he hasn’t been bought by one of his owners.
Pink Eyed Pedro (2nd) (8 year old, D Brace)
My losing tip from this race who halved in price. I can’t complain at the effort. He ran a cracker and was just beaten by a better horse on the day, one with younger legs and who was more progressive. A shame the winner wasn’t 8s+ on the morning of racing. In any case I still think this was a great effort. The front two were some way clear and the ‘right’ three horses filled the places. He over-raced for the first half of this contest and that may have cost him after the last. But he travelled well and jumped accurately. This was ‘only’ his 11th chase and I think he could be up to a ‘summer’ class 3. He has a bit of pace about him and does seem versatile as to trip. If holding his form i’d like to think he could have another win in him soon.
Primal Focus (UP) (5 year old, Christian Williams)
This horse is no world beater but he was leading this field along until making an almighty blunder four from home (i think), and then coasting home in his own time. He wasn’t fancied on the day but this was shaping into a decent run, on his second start after a wind op. He was in form and looked progressive before that break. They seem to like racing him up on the speed which is a big positive in my book. This was a deep contest for one rated 110 (it was a 0-130), and if dropped into a 0-115 he could be back into the winners’ enclosure soon enough.