Aeolus strikes for Notebook

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: June 8 2014, 17:33 BST

It's been a busy period for the Flat Notebook as Ian Ogg recaps on the action and looks ahead to next week's entries.

Aeolus fulfilled the promise of his reappearance when winning at Haydock
Aeolus fulfilled the promise of his reappearance when winning at Haydock

Regular readers will have noticed a short hiatus in the daily eyecatchers but they will return on Monday, along with the horses that caught the eye of our team from the Investec Derby meeting at Epsom.

In the meantime, we can recap on some of the recent highs - yes, there have been some - and lows - inevitably - of the horses that have made it into the Flat Notebook so far this season.

Aeolus put a disappointing run at Newmarket behind him to dot up in the Sandy Lane Stakes at 3/1 to leave connections dreaming of a possible trip to Royal Ascot for the Jersey Stakes.

Min Alemarat (2/5) duly stepped up on the promise of his first two starts to win his maiden at Haydock but a mark of 92 and an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting could leave him with his work cut out.

Ski Slope (5/4) could also be bound for Berkshire after stretching clear at Lingfield to win her maiden by over four lengths with Richard Hannon commenting: "She's just starting to look well and is a very nice filly. We might look at the Listed race at Newmarket, the Empress Stakes, she could still go for the Albany at Royal Ascot."

Polybius scored at the same price at Windsor, justifying strong support in the process having also shown the benefit of his first start and the handicapper shouldn't be able to get carried away with the form; we'll know more about where he stands on Tuesday.

The same is also true of Top Tug who was another gambled on winner as he stepped up significantly on the form of his reappearance to edge out Cloudscape at 4/1 and he should be progressive enough to defy an 8lb rise in the weights granted the right test.

Mime Dance raced from out of the handicap at the Derby meeting and wasn't disgraced in midfield, showing enough to believe that he's worth persevering with when his sights are lowered.

There were less encouraging displays from Warrior Of Light and Incurs Four Faults but the latter gets the opportunity to set the record straight at Ayr on Monday.

He's back in trip after pulling hard at Hamilton and it will be interesting to see if the money comes for him but once again he is racing against older horses which may not be ideal.

Seagull has been declared for a fillies' handicap at Salisbury on Tuesday and may not be overfaced by a mark of 82 having impressed when winning her maiden.

A close eye should also be kept on Rainbow Rock whose Newcastle third was franked when the second won a Ripon handicap from a mark of 70 next time and, with Mark Johnston's string going through the gears, he will be of strong interest whereever he lines up this week.

Estidhkaar holds a raft of entries for later in the week with Ganges in at Sandown and Gothic at York on Friday with Smageta and Warrior Of Light also engaged.