A handful of chasers that caught the eye last week…
29th Oct : 1.45 Chepstow
Len Brennan – this horse has yet to win over fences but for me this was his best run, and it coincided with a change of tactics- switching to a more prominent effort, at times leading. He appeared to enjoy it and it was the best i’ve seen him jump. Hopefully they stick with such tactics as you could see him making-all around somewhere like Wincanton or Ludlow say. Possibly in a higher class race with less weight on his back, as he isn’t the biggest. But this was solid enough. One to watch NTO I suspect.
30th Oct: 3.40 Fakenham
Twasn’t The Plan – another for Tim Vaughan. This was a moderate race but yet again he shaped as if worth a go over further and returned to a more galloping track. He still clouts a few but maybe a slower pace/longer trip would suit. I think he has runs from this mark when it all clicks. Maybe another who’s worth trying nearer the front end.
31st Oct: 3.25 Stratford
I think this race could be one to keep an eye on…
Kings Odyssey – he’s getting on now but is lightly raced for his age, albeit doesn’t win very often. I’d be interested in him if ever running in a Veteran’s Chase – he’s a nice profile for those and it could be he wants further now, a min 2m5f, maybe even 3m.
Kilfilum Cross – this 8 year-old has more to come over fences this season, having finished second in the Kim Muir last season. How on earth he ran this well here I don’t know, over a trip much shorter than ideal, and on his first run of the season. He could have a decent enough staying pot in him. He may want good in the going also, but the jury is out on that.
Town Parks – I fancied this one here but he was held up/ridden in a way which suggested he’d come on for it/wouldn’t be getting close. He ran well enough, jumping well, making some ground turning for home before tiring. His mark is now looking fine and he should get competitive soon enough, albeit maybe you’d want to see some more life from the Kerry Lee yard first.
Acting Lass – another chase that could be worth following – solid form, albeit a few disappointments. This one ran a strange race – not jumping at all well early and nearly tailed off. He then crept into it, before those exertions caught up with him. He may well have needed it but does need to jump better. He’s unexposed over fences with some decent form to his name. He does have a few questions to answer now but maybe he needs a smaller field.
On The Blind Side – you have to think this horse has a decent staying pot in him this season. I’ve no doubt he’s well handicapped and could come on a bundle for this. He has some solid form to his name from last season in good race, that have produced winners. He was held out wide here, maybe to get a sight of his fences. He then lost his position turning for home, got a bit far back, and then stayed on well. One to watch on his next few starts. I don’t think he was fully prepped for this.
West To The Bridge – he may not be missed NTO but he’s undoubtedly chucked in from this mark. He pulled like a train through this but moved up menacingly, before clouting 2 out and that did for him, in testing conditions. He stayed on again for 2nd and maybe that cost him. He will be bolting up when he learns to drop his head/gets a strong pace to settle off. He jumped well here and travelled strongly. He will win chases and whether he will be a backable price anytime soon, time will tell.
3rd November: 1.20 Carlisle
KnockRobin – I fancied this one on the day at a big price, but in the end he ran as if he needed it. He jumped/travelled well for a long way. He is still a chase maiden who’s clearly had wind issues – that does make me a tad nervous as that could be the problem/reason for stopping. Still, he could strip much fitter and his style should ensure a chase win soon enough, if getting it together.
Did anything catch your eye last week as one to watch?