A few more chasers that caught my eye last week >>>
3.10 Exeter: MOVING IN STYLE
I mentioned this 8 year old handicap in the preview for this race where we had the 12/1>11/2 second, who sadly couldn’t repel the unexposed Jeremy Scott runner. This was only his 6th chase , his first for the yard and first run in 232 days. I think it was a run of promise, especially as he no doubt will come on bundles for the run.
Last season he shaped as if he could have a marathon chase in him, maybe something back at Exeter, and i’d be interesting in him over 3m4f+ . I’m not sure he wants it too testing but the jury is out on that. He usually travels well and jumps well, as he did here.
2.55 Warwick : BARBROOK STAR
Yes i’ve highlighted a race winner and one that my pin managed to land on. However I just wanted to note that to my eyes he’d be well worth a go over a marathon trip, 3m4f +. He’s still lightly raced and that sort of trip may bring out more. He generally races near the pace, jumps well, travels well, responds to pressure and stays. I’m not sure Warwick is ideal for him, especially the short run in after the last but he won a shade cosily come the line, doing his best work late. I’m not sure what he’s beaten here but I think he’d be wroth a go over a trip, as he could outstay plenty.
12.20 Aintree: JOHNBB
Tom Lacey’s charge came into this Novice Handicap Chase off a mark of 125. He ran here as if he will be worth following when upped in distance, to 3m+ . He’s related to plenty of jumps winners and a few who relished a trip. The fact Leighton Aspell rode would suggest that today wasn’t game day, given he’s not a regular pilot for the yard – the horse may have needed it a touch also. However he jumped well and was visibly outpaced as they turned for home – but he stayed on well, only giving out over the last when a lack of fitness caught up with him. They all bumped into one here and the two in front were rated 128/129 going into this, and both look nice types. This horse won a novice hurdle at Ayr from a horse who’d win a few times subsequently, achieving a rating of 133 when last seen. I’ve no doubt this chaser will look well handicapped at some point this season and I suspect it will be when sent over further.
3.35 Wincanton: JUST A STING
Firstly i’ve now watched this back, having avoided doing so while I got over the agony of watching Soupy Soups run out of track. I think the only way he was winning was if the leader had fallen in a hole or had clattered the last – which happens sometimes – I think he found a natural position in the race going ‘his’ cruising speed – his jumping, at this pace, didn’t help either – he hit a few, indeed he was 4L behind the winner as they headed down the straight before the final circuit, only to jump one poorly and find himself 8L behind, at the back. If he’d have jumped like the winner he’d have won – in part that may be him, in part the pace of the race/surrounded by horses, caused errors. Heskin got after him plenty soon enough and i’m not convinced he had the natural cruising speed to hold a more prominently position. His jumping lost him ground at vital stages. Anyway, it was agonising and he could be worth a go over 3m3f+ as he was flying at the end. However…
Just A Sting… I think he’s the one to take from this. He’s thoroughly unexposed over fences and was well backed here on his first run of the season. He was kept wide and generally travelled with zest and jumped well – he did smack 4 out which seemed to knock him a bit, before staying on again and then getting tired. He may well have needed it. However this effort suggested he has handicap chases in him from this mark and the CP appeared to make a positive difference.
12.55 Ffos Las : FRANKLY SPEAKING
I think this one was a former notebook horse from Adam Norman, noting he probably needed it very testing/a trip – or would be seen to his best when getting it. On this evidence that’s exactly what this unexposed (if moderate) handicap chaser wants. This was his first run back of the season and it was promising. He lost his pitch mid way down the back but then plugged away, staying on into second. He belted two out very hard and the jockey did well to stay on – remarkably the horse responded again, before tiring after the last. He looks a big strong galloping sort who may relish heavy. This race looked hard work in the ground but he could be seen to best effect over 3m4f+, in soft/heavy, maybe somewhere with a stiffer finish. He is only rated 107 but he jumps well and responds for pressure – he must have wins him in him from this mark, splitting horses rated 115 and 112 here. The evidence to date suggest he stays and stays, then stays on some more.
That’s all for this week.