Thanks 'imilian

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: July 22 2014, 17:48 BST

There are good weeks, bad weeks, awful weeks and great weeks. The last week has been a great week for Sporting Life Notebook followers with winners at 11/1, 9/2, 11/4 and 3/1 and just a couple of losers in the same period.

Sir Maximilian landed the Rockingham Handicap for Notebook followers
Sir Maximilian landed the Rockingham Handicap for Notebook followers

Sir Maximilian has been flagged up on this site on more than one occasion and was added to the Notebook following runs at Newcastle and Hamilton in the space of the week.

He finally got the conditions that Ben Linfoot felt were ideal in the Rockingham Handicap at the Curragh on Sunday and duly scored by a comfortable length at a double-figure price.

It would be no surprise to see him take his chance in the 32Red Cup at Glorious Goodwood - indeed connections have nominated the race as a likely stopping point en-route to the Ayr Gold Cup - and there could still be more to come from this fast-improving sprinter, but the sharper track in Sussex may not play to his strengths quite as much.

Patience was rewarded for connections of Dr Red Eye - as it was for his backers - as the horse had bypassed several alternative opportunities prior to finally running and winning at Epsom last week.

A new combination of headgear and quicker ground did the trick for Scott Dixon's tough frontrunner, who made all to score by well over a length at 9/2 from a mark of 79. Given that his previous success in May 2013 was achieved from a rating of 90, it would be no surprise were he to follow up from a revised rating of 85 but he, too, has done his job as far as the Notebook is concerned and bows out having done us proud.

I wasn't entirely convinced about the claims of Orlando Rogue in what has often proved to be a strong maiden at Yarmouth, wondering if he might only begin to fulfil his potential shown in his previous starts once making the switch to nurseries.

The market, however, was unequivocal in support of George Baker's juvenile who was sent off the 11/4 favourite having opened at 7/2 and he ran on strongly to score by two lengths.

Given his progressive profile and his canny trainer, it would be no surprise to see him continue to make his mark even when lining up in handicaps and he's worth keeping onside.

It's been something of a stop-start season for David Lanigan (with, to be blunt, considerably more 'stop' than 'start') but the Lambourn handler notched his third winner of the campaign when Polybius made a mockery of his handicap mark at Windsor on Monday night.

He's going to be hit hard for that victory and connections might consider turning their lightly-raced colt out under a penalty at Ascot on Saturday.

However, on the opposite side of the coin, he is clearly a horse with considerable potential to keep improving given his very limited number of miles on the clock and I can see him scoring again even off a handicap mark in the 90s.

Candlelight and Renaissant both took the eye in the same maiden at Windsor (you can watch the replay here) and the form gets an early opportunity to be tested on Thursday.

The former lines up in what appears to be a fairly weak maiden at Lingfield but she could have her work cut out to get the better of the re-opposing runner-up Disprove.

Renaissant takes her chance against the boys at Sandown earlier in the day and this does look to be a decent contest with Profitable of particular interest having been heavily supported at Newbury on debut.

However, Richard Hannon senior won four of the seven runnings of this race which clearly suggests that this is a contest that the yard targets and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Renaissant take a big step forwards and lift this prize.

A good number of the 'team' hold entries over Friday, Saturday and Sunday with several holding multiple entries as is so often the case.

Two of the higher profile notebook horses are Ayaar and Watchable and both have the option of running in the Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Stakes at York as well as Ascot's Longines International Stakes

Watchable also has the option of dropping back in trip for the Sky Bet Dash on the Knavesmire.