A slightly delayed ‘Tracker Tuesday’ due to my travels – nothing really caught my eye at Pardubice for the coming weeks, so i’ll stick closer to home! 🙂 …
… having said that Rathin Rose ran a cracker – he handled the variety of fences superbly, just didn’t have the stamina, fading on the turn for home. He showed plenty of enthusiasm for the game still, and it will be interesting what they aim him at over here – I suppose the Cheltenham X Country races could be a possibility, especially those before the Festival, which can be steadily run and turn into a relative dash.
Punches Cross (6YO/Joseph O’Brien)
In hindsight this was a stupid tip at 10/3 or so, on testing enough ground, which he had no winning form in. Slap on the wrist there. I want to add him to the notebook as i’m convinced he’ll show himself to be well handicapped over fences – however I’ll only be eager to get involved on decent ground.
He has two career chase wins to his name and they were on Good/Good to Yielding, and Yielding (equiv to our Good to Soft, as some sort of comparison). (2/3,3p over fences)
In chases he’s 2/5,2p going RH, 2/3,2p at Naas and 2/2 over 16f.
The Listowel run two starts back, in 1st blinkers, indicated he could be well handicapped, having got tapped for toe/caught behind horses, at the wrong point. The race was won by a 130s horse. He somewhat sprinted after the last suggesting he had something in hand, and that he may have appreciated a stronger pace. A strongly run 17f or so, on better ground, could be ideal. Whether he gets that before the spring, time will tell.
Lil Rockerfeller (8YO/Neil King)
This racing favourite feels like he’s been around forever but he’s only 8, and is now 3/7,4p over fences.
Running on ground softer than ideal I thought this was a credible effort at Chepstow. The winner was clearly back to near his best in calmer water, after a break – he did very nearly win the Scottish National 2 years back and has a touch of class.
Lil Rockerfeller did best of the rest, getting outpaced at times but staying on well- and generally jumping well. From a mark of 145, when getting better ground, i’d be surprised if he didn’t add to his chase tally at some point. He generally races on the pace and he may be worth a go over 26f+ at some point.
As an aside, I didn’t realise it at the time… but a reminder to take note of who is sponsoring a race and whether they have a runner or two.
Professor Caroline Tisdall sponsored the Vets race at Chepstow, had two runners, including the winner… another piece of the jigsaw to consider.