Findusatgorcombe (7YO/Jimmy Frost)
This 101 rated chaser ran a blinder here, suggesting he should have a ‘make all’ victory in him when dropped back into calmer waters. Bryony Frost was ultra aggressive on him here and he only have way before 3 out. The median OR was 122 in this – he had three horses in front rated 121-125, and 123 just behind. It was also a career best RPR (107) and there could be more to come from him, given his age. One to keep an eye on, especially if there’s no other pace in the race. He seems versatile as to going and trip, but clearly stays 3m well. Carrying a big weight is an unknown.
Cesar Et Rosalie (7YO/N Mulholland)
He ran a solid race in 5th here, beaten 8L. It was his second start of the season, he’s yet to prove he wants further than 3m, he was held up/ridden cold, and his profile to date suggests he’s better LH (2/7 over fences, now 0/2,0p RH, 2/2 at Uttoxeter). His other run RH over fences was here when he didn’t look at all comfortable. He’s only 7 and this was only his 9th chase start. I’d like to think there’s more to come from him. It could be he’s more of a ‘summer jumper’ in terms of the class of opponent he can beat, but that’s more an unknown at this stage. However, this race/depth may be as hot as he wants.
Terry The Fish (7YO/Jonjo O’Neill)
To my eyes he ran much better than his finishing position would suggest in this Border’s National – he moved through this fairly well in his 1st Visor, coming into it on the back of a win. All his best form is on better ground and over fences, going right handed. He jumped violently to his right a few times here. This was only his 7th chase start and there could be more to come, albeit given the headgear switches connections must think he’s a bit of a character.
I could see him running well in a RH regional national on better ground, and he could be one to watch in such races.
The Becher Chase
Just a brief mention on this race and a few to ‘note’ – obviously Walk In The Mill did it impressively again and he could be a danger come April – well he looks a solid EW candidate already and being another year older, and the CP, may well get him even closer than last year’s 4th. If he does fail then you wouldn’t put it past him racking up the hat-trick next year, if they can keep him sound.
Of those making their Grand National Fence debut, you had to be impressed by Kimberlite Candy and Le Breuil. You’d think they may be a threat whenever next turning up over these fences. This year’s National may come a year too soon for Kimberlite Candy, or maybe not. But he’s worth some attention whenever next lining up over these fences. He wasn’t stopping come the end here and generally jumped well, much better than I thought he might.
Le Breuil won the 4 miler at the Festival in dour fashion and he really could be one for the big one in April. Stamina shouldn’t be a problem and he was running at a time when the yard has been quiet enough. There have been some signs since that they could soon bounce into life. He also came into this on the back of a poor return run when he was PU. Again he jumped/travelled well before flattening a bit after the last. He looked outpaced late, but combine that with possible well-being issues, and it can be marked up. I suspect he may not have been fully tuned up either if April is the main plan. He could be a lively outsider come April.
That’s all for this week.
Did any horse catch your eye last week?