Notebook

  • Acclaim The Nation

    Related to a number of winners, including some smart performers, and attracted notable market support of his debut on Newcastle's new all-weather surface (17/05) and he duly ran a big race. Always prominent, he pulled clear of the pack along with the very well regarded winner, who has Group One entries, despite racing a shade keenly early. Connections then found him a weak race at Beverley where he duly managed to break his duck despite still showing signs of inexperience which bodes well for his chance of making his mark in handicap company.

    Trained by E J Alston, Sired by Acclamation
    Bay gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 25, 2013)

  • Both Sides

    Something of a slow burner having reportedly been held in high regard as a juvenile but getting his act together this season, winning at Chelmsford before finishing strongly in the red-hot London Gold Cup at Newbury (14/5), a race is working out reasonably well. He took a step forward at Sandown, finishing second, although was never quite going the pace to get into a challenging position. He travelled much better under a prominent ride back at the Esher venue but enjoyed no luck in running with the gaps coming too late to give him a chance of challenging for top honours.

    Trained by A M Balding  Sired by Lawman

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 10, 2013)

  • Nuno Tristan

    Has struck twice since joining his current yard at the start of the year but his run at Ascot in the International Stakes (23/07) points to there being more in the locker. It was a typically competitive renewal of the seven furlong race and was won by the well handicapped Librisa Breeze. He certainly wouldn't have beaten that one but would have finished closer than fifth if enjoying the breaks under a typical Jamie Spencer hold-up ride and compensation surely awaits.

    Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Henrythenavigator
    Bay gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 1, 2012)

  • D'bai

    Bred to be extremely useful being a brother, among others, to Dubawi Gold, second to Frankel in the 2000 Guineas, and made a really pleasing introduction to racecourse action (08/07). He was very relaxed on the way to post and wasn't in much of a hurry to get on with things early in the race but made up lots of ground in the closing stages and looks certain to pick up a maiden before going onto bigger and better things. It wouldn't be inconceivable to think he might go on and become even better than winner Dubai Hero in the future although he did make quite hard work of winning his maiden.

    Trained by C Appleby, Sired by Dubawi
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 30, 2014)

  • Dwight D

    Very few horses managed to overcome a slow start to win during the July Festival and the writing was on the wall for Dwight D immediately after he came out of the stalls in the big 10-furlong handicap for three-year-olds (08/07). He wasn't too badly drawn in 10 (the winner Ode To Evening came from stall 13) but was awkwardly away and then bumped into Midhmaar after which he found himself right at the back of the field and nudged along for two or three strides. Jamie Spencer finally got him settled after racing keenly for a couple of furlongs. He then got blocked in his run on more than one occasion before hanging to his left when the jockey went for the whip. Despite all of this, he came home really well to claim a place and there's no doubt he'd have gone close to winning if things had gone smoother at the start. This was his first go in a handicap after connections had a go at some of the Classic trials and he looks on a very workable mark based on this display. 

    Trained by W J Haggas, Sired by Duke Of Marmalade
    Bay gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 1, 2013)

  • George Bowen

    A number of Richard Fahey's team of good sprint handicappers progress enough to hold their own in pattern-race company. For whatever reason, they seem to thrive on plenty of racing and progress from three to four and beyond , all of which is good news for the stable's supporters and his owners. Of course, such comments sound pretty ambitious about a horse who was beaten off 98 on Derby Day, but he was far from disgraced in finishing sixth having been given plenty to do in a contest in which those ridden prominently held a sizeable advantage. Just beaten a head off 91 in last year's Silver Cup, he needs a stiff test over six furlongs and preferably some give in the ground to be seen to best effect, but he does very much look like he will be winning again soon.

    Trained by Richard Fahey, Sired by Dark Angel
    Grey Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 20, 2012)

  • God Willing

    He shaped well on his debut for his new yard when sixth in Doncaster's six furlong handicap (30/04) and it's possible to make excuses for all three of his poor performances since (draw, draw, trip/third race in a fortnight). The handicapper has continued to relent now and he is going to look very well treated when everything drops right in his favour. Keep the faith.

    Trained by D Carroll  Sired by Arch

    Bay gelding, 5yo, (Foaled April 4, 2011)

  • Good Craic

    A full brother to Listed two-year-old winner Invincible Warrior, it could be argued that his debut at Newbury (30/06) was a shade disappointing given his pedigree. However, he was notably easy to back suggesting that very little was expected of him and the run was by no means without promise. The ground was, of course, reasonably testing and he raced away from the main action towards the stands' side, seeing plenty of daylight. He briefly threatened to get involved between two out and one out when asked for an effort but was allowed to come home in his own time. more or less, once his chance had gone. He can be expected to step up on this form next time when it will be interesting to see if there's more market confidence behind him.

    Trained by J H M Gosden, Sired by Invincible Spirit
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 28, 2014)

  • Intimation

    Sent off as favourite at Newmarket (30/04) for her seasonal reappearance and fourth career start but shaped as though the run was needed in finishing a staying on seventh. It may not be wise to read too much into a filly's Group One entries but she certainly looks capable of winning from her current handicap mark and progressing through the season while she has the scope to take a step up in trip in her stride. She struggled in a Listed contest at Newcastle when next seen but is worth another chance to prove that form to be all wrong.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Dubawi
    Bay filly, 4yo, (Foaled April 25, 2012)

  • Librisa Breeze

    The far side was the place to be on the straight course at Ascot, for the majority of the first two days at least, and the draw arguably cost the gambled on Librisa Breeze in the Royal Hunt Cup. The punt almost came good for those involved but the bottom weight ended up challenging the winner, Portage, towards the far rail. One thing that's clear from the replay is that he absolutely tanked Robert Winston into contention and still looked full of running when making his challenge and all the effort in getting across to the better part of the track appeared to tell close home. He's only been put up by 3lbs for this performance which could prove to be a shade lenient while a first crack at seven furlongs might be worth a go on this evidence, especially on a stiff track. That proved to be the case with a ready success in the International and there should be more to come.

    Trained by D K Ivory, Sired by Mount Nelson
    Grey gelding, 4yo, (Foaled February 6, 2012)

  • Lincoln

    It's been a long time between drinks for Lincoln with the last of his three wins (warning - he's finished second 10 times) coming in 2014 but he has come a long way down the weights as a consequence. That looks to have done the trick as he shaped much better when sixth at Ascot (23/07) with his run just flattening out in the closing stages and he should be able to pick up a small race later in the season. Effective on softer ground than he encountered in Berkshire, all three career successes have come in September and it would be no surprise to see him add to that tally late this summer.

    Trained by M R Channon, Sired by Clodovil
    Bay gelding, 5yo, (Foaled February 8, 2011)

  • London Prize

    A bumper winner on quick ground at Worcester last summer, he has shown promise on three runs in maidens, most recently at Doncaster (01/07) when staying on at the one pace into midfield on a testing surface. He looks unlikely to be overburdened by the handicapper and this half-brother to six winners - including on the level - looks to have enough ability to make his presence felt in middle distance, low grade contests granted better ground.

    Trained by Ian Williams  Sired by Teofilo

    Bay gelding, 5yo, (Foaled April 17, 2011)

  • Magical Dreamer

    She was very slowly away from the stalls at Newmarket (07/07) and appeared to have little or no chance of winning by the halfway mark. What may have been missed, and isn't particularly visible on the video replay, is that she got into a strange position moments before the gates opened and one of the starting team had to hook her tail with a contraption to help her out before the flag was waved. So the sluggish start can certainly be forgiven and the way the she stayed on in the final part of the race was really encouraging. She flashed her tail on a couple of occasions but that's quite understandable given what happened before the off and I wouldn't necessarily expect to see that particular trait next time we see her on the track. She was only beaten three lengths into fourth at the winning line, never nearer, and rates a good deal better than the bare form. 

    Trained by J R Fanshawe, Sired by Acclamation
    Bay filly, 2yo, (Foaled April 29, 2014)

  • Rare Rhythm

    He failed to justify decent market support at Royal Ascot but that was this lightly raced colt's first run of the season and just the fifth of his career. Held-up towards the rear of the field from his high draw, he was one of many who failed to enjoy a decent passage during the week and he could only stay on into midfield. This was by no means a bad return to action given the circumstances and he should be able to build on this in the coming weeks although it's worth noting that he didn't enjoy fast ground last season so may need a bit of cut to he shown at his best.

    Trained by C Appleby, Sired by Dubawi
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled January 27, 2012)

  • Right Action

    Found only a stablemate, Blue Meade, too superior in the auction maiden at Pontefract (15/07) on his second start. This strong, powerful colt was no match for the winner when the chips were down but kept on well to finish second, beating the remainder by no less than nine lengths. This was a step forward from his debut effort and he looks the type to progress with experience.

    Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Dandy Man
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 28, 2014)

  • Southern Strife

    Life hasn't really worked out as expected for this 340,000 guineas yearling purchase but he did win a bumper on his racecourse debut after changing hands for 3,500 guineas some three years later. His attentions have been switched to the Flat and, although he's certainly not the quickest, he did enough in an average maiden at Doncaster (21/07) to believe that he can make his mark in handicaps (needs one more run to qualify for a mark) granted a test of stamina.

    Trained by T D Easterby, Sired by Dubawi
    Bay gelding, 5yo, (Foaled May 17, 2011)

  • Sterling Silva

    Relatively easy to back ahead of his racecourse debut at Leicester (08/04), he looked in real trouble at the halfway stage on the testing ground but suddenly found his stride and ran on powerfully to land the money from a more experienced rival. This race may not have taken a great deal of winning but there was a good deal to like about the performance and the winner is held in some regard by connections who introduced smart Group-race juvenile Kool Kompany at the same track in April 2014. He comes from a family his stable know well and got back on the winning trail at Chepstow after finishing fourth in a hot race at Ascot and there could well be more to come.

    Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Sakhee's Secret
    Chestnut Colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 25th, 2014)

  • Stetchworth Park

    Bred for a true test, he probably didn't quite get a strong enough gallop needed to see him in his best light when sixth in the Dante meeting finale at York. The son of Duke Of Marmalade was tapped for toe before the turn in and could only plug on at the one pace but he kept responding for William Twiston-Davies and should be capable of being very competitive from a mark in the high-70s. Opened his account with cheekpieces fitted at Catterick but an even sterner test will suit in time and on pedigree there's plenty of reason to hope that he can continue progressing with experience.

    Trained by M L W Bell  Sired by Duke Of Marmalade

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 27th, 2013)

  • Suffragette City

    Never nearer than at the finish line at Newmarket (07/07) having, as on debut, dwelt on the stalls opening which immediately put her on the back foot. Pat Dobbs did his best to get her into a rhythm on settling down but she was always playing catch-up and ultimately had to settle for a staying on sixth behind the very professional newcomer Easy Victory. Shey still has some growing up to do but certainly wasn't knocked around in the closing stages and the tender handling should pay off in the short term. She could be seen as an ideal nursery type but looks well up to winning a maiden on this evidence before being sent down the handicap route.

    Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Dragon Pulse
    Bay filly, 2yo, (Foaled March 14, 2014)

  • Taurean Star

    Has progressed well in mile handicaps this season, showing a particular affinity for the straight track at Ascot where he would surely have finished closer with a clear run (23/07) in a race that didn't really pan out for the hold-up horses. That performance suggested that he may well have another handicap in him from his current mark while the form of his third prior to Ascot has begun to work out well and he's worth following in similar contests for the remainder of the season.

    Trained by M L W Bell, Sired by Acclamation
    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 10, 2013)