Saturday, 30 September 2017

2 pts win HEY JONESY 8/1 (almost all firms)
1 pt win FROZEN ANGEL 40/1 (almost all firms)
Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes

Hey Jonesy beat  the stand side group comfortably when a close third in a valuable sales race at the York August meeting. The level of the form is a few lengths above what some of these have achieved here but needless to say there is plenty still to find out about him and he could be quite smart.Looks the value call here.

Connections of Frozen Angel reportedly knocked back a big offer for him early in the season. Overall, he has been a shade disappointing but on his only start with give in the ground he ran Unfortunately to half a length in France and is too tempting to resist at big odds.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win THUNDERING BLUE 7/1 ( at least this price with nine firms - 8/1 with 3 firms -)

This rapidly improving gelding is impossible for get away from. The amount he had in hand of his rivals last time is in excess of the 6 lb higher rating he runs off today. Admittedly, it is easy to get carried away with visually impressive performances and over rate them, but this one looked mighty interesting coming into the Sandown race and there is nothing to be negative about as he acts with ease in the ground.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 September 2017

1.5 pts win SILVER GHOST 10/1 (at least nine firms)
1.5 pts win EUGINIO 14/1 ( almost all firms)
Duibai Duty Free H'cap

Silver Ghost ran a cracker when going for a four timer last time, finishing fourth to Thundering Blue in a race that will surely throw up plenty of winners in the next few weeks. He ran off today's mark there so the handicapper is still giving him a chance and with the possibility of even more improvement left he should give a good account of himself.

Euginio finished one place behind in the same race, catching the eye with late work. He has come out and won since and appeals very much as one who is just getting his act together and has plenty more to offer. One for the short list here.

Euginio NR  S Ghost Lost - 1.5 pts

Saturday, 16 September 2017

2 pts win VIBRANT CHORDS 7/1 ( at least nine firms)
1 pt win JUSTANOTHERBOTTLE 31/1 (Betfair Ex)
Portland H'cap

The  overall progressive Vibrant Chords is just the type of animal that today's Henry Candy excels with. The animal who beat him here last time was bang on his game at the time and followed up in a valuable event at the York August meeting. He's been raised 2 lb in the ratings for that but he appeals as a horse with plenty more left to come and one who will reward blind following over the next 12 months.

Justanotherbottle catches the eye at big odds as he has some smart pieces of form in the book, notable an excellent third in the valuable 3 year old handicap on the Saturday charity day at York, a race traditionally strongly contested. He ran well at the same venue last time, has winning course form here and should run really well.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 September 2017

3 pts win FLAMING SPEAR 8/1 (at least 5 firms)
Red Mile

Has had an interrupted career and did not come up to the ambitious classic aspirations that were held out for him by connections after he won on his racecourse debut at York 3 years ago. However, there is not too many miles on the clock and he looked distinctly useful when winning a competitive handicap at the York Ebor meeting with plenty in hand. He has never raced on ground as testing as todays, but is proven with give and plenty of his sire's progeny go well in proper soft ground.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 September 2017

3 pts win THUNDERING BLUE 15/2 ( at least 6 firms)
Recall H'cap

This one has been on a rapid upward curve of late.After an eyecatching third at Epsom when given an impossible amount of ground to make up, he went and won both of his latest two starts with something in hand, and if he is in the same sort of heart here, the 4 lb rise in the ratings from his Newmarket victory last time will not be enough to curb him.

Won + 22.5pts