Notebook update: A fair game

  • Last Updated: August 3 2014, 15:47 BST

Our racing Notebook continues its good form with six winners in the last two weeks including Barnet Fair at Goodwood.

Barnet Fair: Winner for The Notebook at Goodwood
Barnet Fair: Winner for The Notebook at Goodwood

NOTEBOOK INS: Ray Ward, Bright Flash, Touchline, Tall Ship, Prince Gagarin, Grand Proposal, Koala Bear, Pivot Point.

NOTEBOOK OUTS: Examiner, Hoodna, Kafeel, Mr Smith, Pallister, Renaissant, Yenhaab.

NOTEBOOK WINS: Barnet Fair (7/1), Bold Lass (2/1), Daisy Boy (6/4), Orion's Boy (9/2), Trip To Paris (7/4), Unex Michelangelo (7/2).

There was a bit of a disagreement among the Sportinglife racing team as to the merits of keeping Barnet Fair in The Notebook following a couple of average efforts, but thankfully Ian Ogg's strop paid dividends as the Dandy Nicholls sprinter landed the Handicap at Glorious Goodwood.

That's the Stewards' Cup consolation race to you and me and he retains his place in the list given that Nicholls thinks he's found the key to him now and it's true that he's improved with every run for his new handler.

All the other winners in recent days are retained too in the hope that at least a couple of them can rack up a sequence.

Bold Lass gained an overdue success when winning at Leicester on July 23 and she should be able to defy a rise in the weights with much better things expected of her in the future.

Daisy Boy made all to justify odds of 6/4 at Leicester and was eased late on. The handicapper won't be fooled by the winning distance of a neck but he too could go in again next time and we're reluctant to boot him out of the list.

Orion's Boy won going away on his handicap debut at Lingfield and he could have more to offer in this sphere when stepped back up to a mile so we'll stick with him, while Trip To Paris stayed on really well to win a good handicap at Ascot and is on the upgrade.

Unex Michelangelo won an amateur riders race easily at Beverley, is clearly in good form at present and is capable of winning again in a similar grade.

We'll let all the above Notebook heroes run again at least once, before deciding if the handicapper has halted their winning prospects.

With that last point in mind, it's time to ruthlessly swing the axe and out go Examiner, Hoodna, Kafeel, Mr Smith and Yenhaab on the back of less than promising runs off their current marks in handicaps.

Out too go Pallister and Renaissant as they were given chances in ideal scenarios and failed to deliver. We wrote that a maiden should be a formality for Renaissant but she failed when handed that task, while Pallister was indeed stepped up in trip and into Group 2 company in the Vintage Stakes but he looked a little out of his depth.

Mark Johnston's horse looks a nice prospect and he should make into a nice 3yo over middle distances, but the Notebook is all about this season and he could well struggle against speedier types if kept in a decent grade.

There are several Notebook horses we are sticking with following recent runs including Ayaar and Watchable who both ran in the International Handicap won by Heavy Metal at Ascot.

Watchable was third and could well benefit for a drop back to six furlongs, especially with a bit more cut in the ground, while Ayaar is the opposite and wants fast ground to show his best.

Harlequin Striker was second again in maiden company but we want to see him in a nursery, Havana Cooler was a good second to Van Percy at Glorious Goodwood and we can't get rid of him before the Ebor, and Polybius was turned out quickly under a penalty and ran well enough in the circumstances.

Finally, we have some new entries following a fantastic week of racing. Most have already been highlighted in our 'My Stable pointers' pieces and Ray Ward, Bright Flash, Touchline, Tall Ship, Prince Gagarin, Grand Proposal, Koala Bear and Pivot Point are the latest horses to keep an eye on.

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