Notebook lands a Touch

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: August 27 2014, 22:32 BST

Winners at 8/1, 3/1 and....ahem.......1/2 have kept the Flat Notebook ticking over; Ian Ogg looks back on the last week.

Dance of Fire obliged at short odds for the Notebook
Dance of Fire obliged at short odds for the Notebook

It's fair to say that the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival didn't go exactly as planned or hoped for the Flat Notebook.

Prince Gagarin trailed home in last in the Acomb with Ryan Moore reporting that the colt was 'never travelling' but sensibly Moore looked after the half-brother to Elusive Pimpernel and that kindness should be rewarded in due course.

It clearly wasn't his running and Ed Dunlop's charge is retained in the list in the hope that he can go on and fulfil the promise of his first two starts.

Dutch Connection won the Acomb in a course record time which advertised the claims of Dance Of Fire who ran on Tuesday in a two-runner maiden at Epsom. That was reflected in his starting price of 1/2 and he duly scored by half a length. The handicapper shouldn't be able to get carried away as a result and he remains worth following until his limitations are exposed.

The handicapper has got carried away in assessing the merits of Tall Ship's victory at Goodwood so Gary Moore's recently acquired gelding makes a fleeting but successful acquaintance with the Notebook like ships that pass in the night as they say.

A 5lb rise for his Glorious Goodwood victory was deemed more than fair and he duly followed up at 3/1 on Saturday but the assessor has taken a harsh - some might say absurd - view of his seven length victory by dishing out a 16lb rise which will take the son of Sea The Stars to a vertigo inducing mark of 95.

The powers that be have opted to leave Mighty Yar unchanged despite his disappointing run in the Ebor where the gambled-on grey paid the price for racing too keenly.

His poor run was not the only setback in the race with Havana Cooler missing the cut by one but both runners are retained in the list for the time being.

Double Discount and Bright Flash were both beaten at York too but the former was far from disgraced up in grade and can take advantage of his mark in lesser company although the ground does seem to be going against him - he would be interesting if connections opt to have another go on the polytrack.

The latter could suffer from the same scenario as Dance Of Fire in being sent off at a short price next time having rather shown her hand in a red-hot maiden.

Beaten just five lengths into fourth behind White Lake - who received quotes for the 2000 Guineas on the back of his win - she may not be much of a price next time but we live in hope.

One filly who did oblige - and in no uncertain style - was Michael Bell's Touchline who scored for the Notebook at 8/1 having been backed in from 12s at Yarmouth on Sunday.

She holds entries in the Rockfel and the Cheveley Park Stakes and we should be hearing a lot more about her in the future but she's done her job for the Notebook and is scratched from the list.

Touchline was the first leg of a double for Her Majesty The Queen with Prince's Trust cut for the Cambridgeshire after easily winning the seven furlong handicap on debut for William Haggas.

Well supported in the morning, he was easy to back in the lead-up to the race but fairly dotted up under Shane Kelly who reported 'he's a nice horse and that was a strong race'.

You can watch the video replay here.

He's not been added to the Notebook but the handicapper is unable to re-assess him until next Tuesday and it will be interesting to see if he receives any entries over the forthcoming days or whether he's kept relatively fresh for the big autumn handicap.

A handful of the Notebook runners do have entries this week (as well as a few more in early closers) and, hopefully, we'll have another winner or two to report on next week.