Bobo Mac (8YO/T Symonds)
Ran well when last seen at Ludlow, the front two miles clear of the rest. He bumped into one who was seemingly chucked in (Roll Again) but kept going. His win the time before had come over 26f, as opposed to this 24f and he’s only had 6 chase starts. He shapes as if his current mark is workable, especially with even more emphasis on stamina. They have been holding him up a bit which is never ideal as you need far more luck, and may not want a short price on him. But, I still think he could have muddy staying chases in him.
Jammy George (6YO/H Whittington)
The first of two H Whittington/R Brookhouse horses – i’ve no idea how this one finished second in his last race at Newbury, on his 3rd chase start. He’s clearly a bit of a monkey I think and/or is still learning how to be a racehorse, as he wasn’t the most fluent at his fences and always seemed on the back foot, but stayed on and flew after the last – in a way which suggests he’ll be very well handicapped over fences off 129 when it all clicks. This effort suggests he’ll stay 3m+. Given he fell early the time before they were patient with him and he should get better with experience. At this stage its hard to say what his ideal conditions will be but he looks to have some ability.
Midnight Tune (8YO Mare/A Honeyball)
Not an eye-catcher as such but i’ve added her to my notes/tracker as a reminder that the deeper it is, the better she seems to be. There’s not many who keep going as she does in desperate ground, which is always useful to know. It will be interesting to see what they do with her in coming weeks, having slogged to victory at Exeter before the meeting was abandoned.
Delire Destruval (6YO/B Pauling)
Ran better than his finishing position would suggest at Ascot, in what could be a warm enough handicap chase. This was his first run in 287 days and he travelled and jumped well on the front end, attacking his fences. He only gave out approaching the last, visibly tiring and coming home in his own time. It looks as though he’s best RH and connections must think 2m3f/4f is his trip now. He’d be dangerous let loose on the front on his next start or two, as his mark looks workable on what would only be his 7th chase.
Simply The Betts (6YO/H Whittington)
I’m still not sure how this one finished second in a decent Novice Handicap Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day – he must have lost 15+ L at his fences on the way round – jumping markedly to his left, and always on the back-foot, seemingly outpaced. To still have the energy left to keep going up the straight was some effort and it may suggest that he’s still chucked in off a mark of 130. This run would suggest he may need to go LH or in any case needs a more galloping track to be seen to best effect. He chased the right horse home (after the fav had fallen/taken out another one travelling well) and the form could work out well enough. He’s certainly got more handicap chase wins in him, possibly at a decent level. 2m4f, LH, soft could be ideal for now.
Indy Five (9YO/D Dennis)
Was returning to form at Newbury when coming down late – he’d have finished 3rd I suspect, not beaten far, the front three miles clear of the rest. A return to the track and soft ground appeared to spark him into life. He’d hinted at a return to form at Wincanton and this was promising. He’s had problems and is lightly raced for his age, but his mark is looking tempting. The yard have been quiet enough also for a long time. He was pestered up front here also and probably did far too much. If they can find a soft ground chase for him where he can most likely dictate, he could be very dangerous. I suppose he’ll qualify for Vets chases soon and they may be worth considering. Hopefully this late tumble doesn’t affect his confidence as he does live on his nerves and has to be led in at the start. Not one you’d want a short price on but if nothing else it’s useful knowing he’s a ‘blast out front runner’
Broadclyst (7YO/C Down)
A losing chase tip who went down by a neck on Boxing day at 12s. Painful. But he ran his race and sadly for me the unexposed Nicholls horse took well to blinkers. However he wasn’t stopping come the line and looks a giant of a horse. On this evidence he may appreciate a stiffer/more galloping track also. Chris Down looks like he’s a useful handicapper on his hands here who will just gallop and gallop. A shame Towcester is no more!
SAO (5YO/P Nicholls)
This unexposed chaser was making his seasonal return in the 2.05 Kempton on the 11th November, where he finished a running on 5th, having been badly hampered early – he hasn’t been seen since but the 2nd and 3rd have won and the horse in 4th has run well in a C2. It wasn’t the greatest of races on paper but would suggest there were a few well handicapped ones lining up. He’s been kept to decent ground and they’re clearly being patient with him, unless he’s suffered a problem. He could be one for the spring but in any case a mark of 124 looks workable, for the Champion Trainer.