Notebook

  • Ascription (IRE)

    His York run was a hugely-encouraging effort on his first start for more than 18 months and in the hope that his injury issues don't flair up again, he'll surely be doing even better this summer. There was enough promise in this run to suggest that the patience of the horse's trainer and owners will be rewarded at some stage and they almost gained that dividend on his next start at Haydock. He should be able to land a similar contest. Trained by H Palmer, Sired by Dansili

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled February 20th, 2009)
  • Atalan

    Duly improved for his seasonal reappearance and step up in trip to land a gamble at Chelmsford on his first run for the Notebook. Likely to be handed a stiff rise for that success but he shapes as though there's plenty left in the tank and he could run up a sequence. Trained by H Morrison, Sired by Azamour (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 3rd, 2012)
  • Ballydoyle (IRE)

    Bound to attract plenty of attention given her name - not to mention breeding - and her debut run (23/05), where she was strong in the market, could hardly have been more eyecatching. It's been a slow start for the stable's juveniles so it was a touch surprising that she was so strong in the market and she should improve considerably for this run. She won't be a price next time but can be followed as she goes through the ranks. Trained by A P O'Brien, Sired by Galileo (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled January 1st, 2013)
  • Bipartisan (IRE)

    Did best of those held-up when finishing well to place fifth at Newmarket on her handicap debut and first run over a mile. Should be equally effective with a strongly run seven furlongs and is proven on polytrack so this half-sister to the decent Robin Hoods Bay should have no shortage of options and looks more than capable of striking from her current handicap mark granted a race that pans out better. Trained by M L W Bell, Sired by Bahamian Bounty

    Bay Filly, 3yo, (Foaled May 12th, 2012)
  • Bobby Wheeler (IRE)

    Well backed in a Goodwood maiden in which a few caught the eye - including a pair of Richard Hannon trained youngsters - but he can probably be marked up a little more than the others. Caught wide on the track, away from the action and noticeably green, he kept on quite well under hands and heels and should improve. Trained by C G Cox, Sired by Pivotal

    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 23rd, 2013)
  • Collaboration

    Obliged for the Notebook at Chester at 9/4 from a 10lb higher mark than when winning at Epsom. A breathing operation has seemingly worked the oracle for a horse who was highly tried at the start of last season and providing his wind stays clean, it could now be a case of onwards and upwards. Trained by A M Balding, Sired by Halling (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled February 25th, 2011)
  • Coolcalmcollected (IRE)

    Relatively prominent in the market for her handicap debut at Doncaster but didn't really enjoy the run of the race and ended up making her challenge away from the principals. The run was certainly not without promise and her excellent trainer, who knows the family well, should be able to pick up a handicap or two with her. Trained by C F Wall, Sired by Acclamation

    Bay Filly, 3yo, (Foaled April 6th, 2012)
  • Crombay (IRE)

    Tim Easterby newcomers always expected to be much sharper for their first outings, which bodes really well for this Approve filly following her close second on debut at Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday. She has loads of size and scope to improve on this effort and a step up to six furlongs for her second public appearance should pay dividends. Trained by T D Easterby, Sired by Approve (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled March 26th, 2013)
  • Croquembouche (IRE)

    Encouraging the way he fought off a succession of strong-travelling challengers at York before finally giving way to Notarised and he can win again at a track that plays to his strengths. His stamina for a mile and a half now fully proven in this excellent effort, and his liking for a turning left-handed track and fast ground, he could now be aimed at the big mile and a half handicap at Epsom on Derby Day. Trained by E De Giles, Sired by Acclamation

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 7th, 2009)
  • Down To Earth

    It was only a modest maiden that he won at Nottingham but that should be reflected in his initial handicap mark and there was plenty to like about the way that he got the job done. The win was far from unexpected as he attracted support in the market and further improvement is expected now that connections have sorted out his breathing. Trained by M L W Bell, Sired by Aussie Rules (USA)

    Grey Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 3rd, 2012)
  • Dromcus

    Took a big step forward at Windsor from his soft ground debut and looks one to keep an eye on in handicaps. Slightly keen, he was dropped out in rear but made good progress to briefly threaten to take a hand in the finish before his run flattened out and can rate better than the bare result suggests. Trained by J R Fanshawe, Sired by Teofilo (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 17th, 2012)
  • Eltezam (IRE)

    Pitched in at the deep end on debut on a yard sponsored by his owners and while the form may not turn out to be out of the ordinary, he certainly did more than enough to suggest that he can win his maiden next time and it will be interesting to see how far he can progress. Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Kodiac

    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled January 18th, 2013)
  • Freedom Rock

    Relatively cheap purchase who caught the eye in a traditionally strong maiden at Newbury, staying on promisingly from off the pace to finish in midfield. Assuming natural progression from her debut, she looks more than capable of winning a race this season but much will depend on how she's campaigned as to whether that comes in maiden or handicap company. Trained by P J McBride, Sired by Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 3yo, (Foaled March 11th, 2012)
  • Jefferson City (IRE)

    Hasn't stood much racing but has shown ability in two starts for John Gosden and again on debut for Michael Appleby on his return from more than a year on the sidelines when third at Thirsk. Providing that he stays sound, his up and coming trainer should find plenty of opportunities in the handicap ranks although he cut little ice when easy to back on his first run in that sphere at Pontefract. Trained by M Appleby, Sired by Montjeu (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 29th, 2011)
  • King To Be (IRE)

    The handicapper is likely to hand him a 'winner's penalty' for his unlucky second at Goodwood (23/05) but he's progressing fast enough to think that he may still be one step ahead. Having run two good races at the Sussex track it would be no surprise to see him back there for the big meeting but he's unlikely to be idling his time away in his box between now and then. Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Myboycharlie (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 1st, 2012)
  • Light Breaks (IRE)

    A beaten favourite in a modest handicap on his reappearance but this imposing individual needed plenty of stoking throughout and looked in need of the run and the experience. He was doing all of his best work in the closing stages and can benefit from both the outing and being stepped up in distance. Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, Sired by Dylan Thomas (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 15th, 2012)
  • Limato (IRE)

    Proved concerns about whether he had trained on to be well wide of the mark with a stunning return at Ascot. He's a deserved favourite for the Commonwealth Cup at the Royal meeting and - the vagaries of the draw aside - should be hard to beat there before stepping out of his age group in the second half of the season. Trained by H Candy, Sired by Tagula (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 8th, 2012)
  • Marma's Boy

    Won what is usually a red-hot handicap at Newmarket's Guineas meeting with his trainer remarking that he 'hasn't quite worked out' his three-year-old yet. That offers hope that there could be a good deal more to come and he's started his career from the right end of the handicap. Trained by R M Beckett, Sired by Duke Of Marmalade (IRE)

    Chestnut Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled March 20th, 2012)
  • Mass Rally (IRE)

    Went through 2014 without a win but has been given a chance by the assessor and shaped with considerable promise on his return to competitive action at Pontefract. Ran well at York with the headgear reapplied and did enough to suggest that he can win another decent prize in the coming weeks and months when the cards fall right. Trained by M Dods, Sired by Kheleyf (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 8yo, (Foaled March 10th, 2007)
  • Maxwell (IRE)

    He won cosily on his handicap debut at Salisbury on Sunday and he's open to improvement over middle distances. The slow gallop wouldn't have suited him and he could be even more effective in a bigger field next time, while the handicapper can't really go overboard with his mark. Trained by R M Beckett, Sired by Big Bad Bob (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 9th, 2012)
  • Mimicking (IRE)

    Justified market confidence on debut to run out a convincing winner but in a manner which suggests that there was plenty of improvement to come. The trainer's record with early juveniles not only holding their form but progressing adds encouragement and he has already mentioned Royal Ascot as a possibility. Turned over next time but that was on bad ground against the boys and she remains one to be interested in. Trained by J S Bolger, Sired by Invincible Spirit (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled January 1st, 2013)
  • Mississippi

    His debut for his current yard (April 16) suggested that the move has rekindled his enthusiasm and he should pay his way this season. Well handicapped on the best of his old form, sprinters often need a little luck to go their way with the draw and racing room - neither of which he really enjoyed at Ripon - but he shouldn't be long in ending a long losing sequence despite disappointing at Pontefract. Trained by P T Midgley, Sired by Exceed And Excel (AUS)

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 14th, 2009)
  • Mr Lupton (IRE)

    His stable has made a fine start to the season and the juveniles are clearly a forward bunch. This half-brother to a winner in Europe knew his job at Thirsk but got involved in a barging match with the eventual third and did well to gain second and looks more than good enough to pick up an ordinary maiden. Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Elnadim (USA)

    Chestnut Colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 29th, 2013)
  • Muthmir (IRE)

    Raced far too keenly on his reappearance at York and did remarkably well to finish as close as he did in the circumstances. That run should have taken the freshness out of this lightly raced sprinter who shouldn't be long in successfully bridging the gap between handicaps and pattern races. Trained by W J Haggas, Sired by Invincible Spirit (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled March 14th, 2010)
  • Provenance

    Went into the Notebook after winning a handicap last year but came up short in two Listed races. However she's back after an encouraging return in the same grade at Goodwood when giving the leaders too much rope. Her half-sister Integral improved from three to four and while she may not be in that class, it's not hard to envisage her doing the same and she should win her Group race before the season's out. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Galileo (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 4yo, (Foaled March 23rd, 2011)
  • Rio Ronaldo (IRE)

    Looked a step or three ahead of the handicapper when scoring at Windsor on his second start of the season following a disappointing spin on the all-weather at Lingfield. This win came off a mark of 77 and he appears capable of taking much higher rank as the season goes on. His trainer has worked wonders with a couple of sprinters in recent seasons, including Discussiontofollow, and this gelding is on an upward trajectory. Trained by M Murphy, Sired by Footstepsinthesand

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled March 25th, 2012)
  • Saigon City

    Raced over 10 furlongs in three of his last four start, but he should have no problem winning a race over a mile the evidence of his most recent second at Ascot (29/04/2015). The son of Mount Nelson veered left to the stands' rail after travelling well but still pulled over four lengths clear of the third despite not running straight. A big-field handicap at Ascot where he could run at a strong pace would be ideal. Trained by L M Cumani, Sired by Mount Nelson

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled March 10th, 2010)
  • See The Sun

    Ran with credit in some of the leading sprint handicaps last season and his seasonal reappearance at Ripon - when jockey bookings suggested he was the stable second strong - was not without encouragement. Rather disappointing at York subsequently but has been dropped for that run and he may yet go on and enjoy success this term. Trained by T D Easterby, Sired by Assertive

    Chestnut Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 8th, 2011)
  • Spanish Squeeze (IRE)

    2000 Guineas entry who didn't really live up to expectations in a Lingfield Listed race on his reappearance but he shaped as though the run would bring him on and as though the sharp trick didn't really suit. An attractive handicap mark will, in all likelihood, have been sacrificed by the run but he looks more than capable of winning in similar company as long as connections don't throw him in at the deep end. Trained by H Palmer, Sired by Lope De Vega (IRE)

    Chestnut Colt, 3yo, (Foaled April 13th, 2012)
  • Time Test

    Won the same Newbury 3-y-o handicap as extinguished stablemate Al Kazeem and had reportedly been surprising his trainer with his work with the Group One veteran. Did well to come from last to first to beat prominent racing rivals in the manner of a smart performer; connections may adopt a softly softly approach but he looks more than capable of winning a Group race this season if continuing to channel his energies in the right direction. Trained by R Charlton, Sired by Dubawi (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 11th, 2012)
  • Withernsea (IRE)

    Caught the eye at Doncaster and really should have won next time out at Newcastle. Made up ground hand over fist away from the main action to be beaten a neck having been denied a run at a crucial stage. That will be reflected in his price but compensation should be a formality. Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Dark Angel (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 10th, 2011)
  • Zanetto

    He ran a belter in third at Newmarket on his seasonal reappearance and produced another solid run in second at Goodwood. His handicap mark has dropped right down from 109 and a pre-season wind operation seems to have done the trick. He could win a big one, like the Wokingham or the Stewards' Cup. Trained by A M Balding, Sired by Medicean

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled February 9th, 2010)