Good morning all,
Been a busy old weekend for me with visits to Fontwell and Stratford yesterday, and although I was working it was quiet enough (on two of the days at least) to go and have a look at them in the paddock on a few occasions. As such, here's a few that ought to be going in trackers and should pay their way in the not-too-distant future.
Warwick, Wednesday 3rd October
Commanche Red (Chris Gordon)
Looked in need of a run and I thought he would have dropped away a long time before he finally did, so to see him still giving them the runaround turning for home makes this a very good effort, and one that bodes well for the season. He jumped very nicely for the majority of this novice chase and in the end was probably beaten by two fitter horses. He's one I'll be watching out for very closely in good novice handicaps later in the year.
Fontwell, Friday 5th October
Tea For Two (Jane Williams)
Clearly not the force of old but there was enough in this run, his first since May, to suggest there could still be a decent handicap in him. He did need this run – not unfit in the paddock, but you felt a run (or two) would definitely bring him on, and he's gone with great enthusiasm from the front for much of the contest. He tired very quickly, not a surprise under the big weight and in need of it, but it will be interesting to see where connections go next with him. He'll get another drop in the weights for this as well (update – another 4lb off his back, taking him to 138) – perhaps it'll be Veterans Chases for him this time around? We will see.
Stratford, Monday 7th October
Highway One O Two (Chris Gordon)
The second of Chris's to catch the eye, Highway One O Two was already on my Eyecatchers list after his first two efforts in decent bumpers last year, and you knew he'd be a stronger horse this time around. And so it proved, with a good second to a horse that could be very useful in Shantou Express (who will also come on for this) in this bumper, making ground smoothly from the rear and finishing off very well. Still green too, having hung a little off the final bend, and gave the impression there was a lot more to come once he learns how to settle.
Today's racing, most of it taking place on bad ground, makes little appeal and I'm a bit out of form at the moment (to say the least) but I do have Awesome Gary on a tracker as a likely nursery type and given he turns up in one at Brighton today (2.00), he's worth a second look. He ran in a race at Windsor back in August that's working out pretty well, and then improved on that with a good second over C&D last time out (winner has gone in again), so handles the track fine. He'll have different ground to cope with here but that goes for a lot of them (including top weight Anglo Saxson, another that caught the eye last time) and I'll be trying a small e/w bet here.
Good luck with all your bets today,