Straight Track Pointers
Following Saturday’s blog success of Jawwaal I thought I’d dig out some trainer/jockey pointers for flat handicappers running on straight tracks. Doing so has been in my mind since Royal Ascot also, given the unique nature of those contests. Running gun barrel straight in these competitive races is arguably a specialism, for both trainer, jockey, and horse. In general, a tough, strong, powerful traveller is required. There’s no hiding place. You want a horse who can also kick and/or sustain a challenge late into the race, depending on the pace set up. (look at Sir Busker at Royal Ascot /Newmarket, for example – he’d be less effective in a tactical affair- but give him a big field /strong pace and he’s a different beast) The ability of the jockey to settle their mount, be in the right spot and to time their challenge to perfection is also key. Of course, the draw/pace can give them little chance, depending on conditions.
My starting point has been ‘straight track handicaps’ since the start of 2015 and classes 2 & 3.
I have saved the various angles that follow, and I’ll post any ‘qualifiers’ in section 3 of the daily blog posts. There won’t be many qualifiers, but they could be worth keeping an eye on when one pops up.