Franklino one to follow

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: January 16 2013, 10:14 GMT

David John with the latest update on horses to follow in National Hunt Notebook 2012/13.

Alan King: Trains the eyecatching Franklino

Ludlow last Thursday saw the lone Notebook horse in action this week as Ulys Du Charmil was out to build on his promising first run at Doncaster.

He looked an attractive proposition racing off the same mark of 117 in the handicap hurdle but was found out once again by this winter's consistently deep ground.

He travelled and jumped nicely and moved up with an effort on the home turn but was soon toiling and he finished well held in fifth - although he did manage to plug on in pretty brave fashion.

There is no doubt in my mind he can win races off his current rating but it is going to be a waiting game with him as drier conditions in the spring should see him in a far more encouraging light.

I was taken with the performance of stablemate Franklino at Warwick on his comeback in the novices' handicap hurdle and he is worth adding to the list of horses to follow.

He has obviously had a problem as he has not been on a racecourse since June 2011 but he showed enough to suggest he can start making up for lost time.

He remains a maiden over hurdles but has always been held in some regard by Alan King although never really fulfilling expectations during his juvenile season.

He has some interesting form in the book - he was beaten under three lengths at Doncaster on one occasion by the pretty smart Local Hero (now rated 151) - so a current mark in the lowish 100s suddenly becomes very attractive.

I don't think King would persevere with him if the ability had gone or he did not believe Franklino was up to winning a race - he is very much one to keep an eye on particularly when we get an extended drier spell - eventually.


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