Notebook

  • A Good Skin (IRE)

    Stepped up markedly on the form of his hurdling debut when a close-up fourth at Ludlow and this Irish point winner looks to possess his fair share of ability but disappointed on his handicap and Notebook debut on Boxing Day. Proved that run to be wrong with a promising chase debut at Huntingdon, followed by another second at Newbury and should soon be winning in that sphere. (IO) Trained by T R George, Sired by Presenting

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled May 9th, 2009)
  • Aiaam Al Namoos

    Improved for the step up in trip as expected and landed a gamble for the Notebook at Musselburgh when returned the even money favourite. He won with any amount in hand that day and looks capable of going in again. (WH) Trained by J Wade, Sired by Teofilo

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled April 3rd, 2009)
  • Andy Kelly (IRE)

    Andy Kelly proved a bitter disappointment for the second time in a few weeks, but nevertheless managed to qualify for the Pertemps Final despite finishing down the field and he could be worth another chance. Very warm and keen to post, his old freegoing tendencies have undeniably got the better of him on both starts this season. But with his trainer also quite quiet, it's just possible that returning on some better ground in the spring will help him although having been dropped by 4lb for Sandown he will need to win again to get a run at Cheltenham. A faster-run race would be a bonus too. Failed to fire on testing ground at Kempton and not entered at the Festival. (WH) Trained by Miss E C Lavelle, Sired by Flemensfirth

    Chestnut Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled April 4th, 2009)
  • Blackmail (FR)

    Caught the eye in the Coral Cup despite finishing well beaten. His rider was at pains to settle this free-going sort in the first-time hood and had him anchored towards the rear of the race for the most part but he was still plenty keen enough throughout. The lightly-raced seven-year-old tanked his way through the race, barely settling at all, but was still bang there hard on the steel three out, only to muster a short-lived effort once the leading group had kicked clear. He was looked after once his chance had gone. That he could travel so well into the race having been so keen, as he has been in the past, showed that there is something to work with and if his shrewd trainer can work the oracle with him it would be no surprise if we see him in a better light at one of the spring festivals. Better ground is crucial to him. (AW) Trained by A J Martin, Sired by Black Sam Bellamy

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 8th, 2008)
  • Buveur D'air (FR)

    The one to take out of a traditionally strong Newbury bumper having travelled like a classy horse in the hands of Noel Fehily. He looked the likely winner for much of the latter stages but Barters Hill put his greater experience to good use when prevailing by three-quarters-of-a-length. Buveur D'Air, a half-brother to the same yard's classy Punchestowns, shouldn't have to wait long for compensation on this evidence. (BL) Trained by N J Henderson, Sired by Crillon

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled May 12th, 2011)
  • Buywise (IRE)

    Finished one place better than he had at the preceding year's Festival and his jumping still appears to be holding him back to some extent. Stepping up in trip may well help in that regard but he continues to give the impression that a decent prize can come his way when the cards drop right, which they didn't at Cheltenham. Bypassed Aintree last year in favour of Cheltenham in April and must be respected wherever he turns up. Trained by Evan Williams, Sired by Tikkanen

    Bay Gelding, 7yo, (Foaled May 19th, 2007)
  • Call Me Kate

    Improving daughter of Kalanisi who should be able to make her mark over hurdles when presented with a test of stamina. She demonstrated improvement between her first two outings in bumpers and will hopefully step up on an encouraging hurdling debut outing at Exeter. She was given a lovely introduction by Richard Johnson but was caught for speed having been held up in a slowly-run affair and couldn't land a serious blow before running on to finish seventh of 16. Stepping up from 2m3f is bound to help and she's one to follow in staying handicaps. Subsequently tailed off at Towcester and Bangor but worth sticking with until handicapping. (MB) Trained by H D Daly, Sired by Kalanisi (IRE)

    Bay Mare, 5yo, (Foaled February 27th, 2010)
  • Carole's Destrier

    A horse who took the eye at Cheltenham behind Generous Ransom. Stellar Notion ensured a strong gallop up front - too strong - but Carole's Destrier was never far away in second and can be credited with helping force the pace. He was travelling well on the turn for home despite doing enough early on, and though he faded after the last this was a really good effort carrying a big weight in a competitive race. A winner over three miles at Exeter earlier in the season, where he beat Carraig Mor and Return Spring, he could go back up in trip now. Ran out a well backed winner at Ascot next time, followed up at Wetherby and should head to Aintree in top form. (BL) Trained by N P Mulholland, Sired by Kayf Tara

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 29th, 2008)
  • Champagne Present (IRE)

    Keen and evidently inexperienced on his Rules debut, this point winner still almost snatched the race under a fine 'kid gloves' ride from AP and looks to have above-average ability. Highly tried at Cheltenham on his first run for the Notebook and far from disgraced on ground that was thought unlikely to suit. Flopped at Ascot when his yard was out of form but duly opened his account at Ludlow when stepped up to three miles. Could drop in distance for the Festival and has scope from his current mark but still needs to learn to settle. (IO) Trained by Jonjo O'Neill, Sired by Presenting

    Brown Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 16th, 2010)
  • Chapel Hall (IRE)

    All the rage ahead of what was probably a modest bumper at Ascot so defeat was disappointing on the face of it but he finished strongly after looking desperately green. Still showed significant signs of inexperience when winning at Fontwell at 4/5 and there should be more to come from a bright prospect. (IO) Trained by N J Henderson, Sired by Arcadio

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 22nd, 2010)
  • Count Guido Deiro (IRE)

    Count Guido Deiro was racing off a featherweight last time at Sandown, especially when taking Jamie Balgarry's claim into account, but this was a step up in class for him and things didn't go his way. Hassled for the lead early on by Relax, he lost out in the battle to dominate and was always on the back foot thereafter, with several mistakes creeping into his game at his fences. Still, he was only beaten just over 13 lengths which proves he remains in good heart. Very heavy ground is ideal for him and if he turns up in a smaller field, in an easier grade, granted such conditions, he'll be of major interest. Didn't get those when unseating in the Eider and is worth keeping onside. (BL) Trained by N A Twiston-Davies, Sired by Accordion

    Bay Gelding, 7yo, (Foaled May 4th, 2007)
  • Hargam (FR)

    Put in his place by two powerful stablemates in the Triumph but connections have stated his need for fast ground throughout the season so the overnight rain was of no help to his chances. AP McCoy didn't offer that as an excuse but it will be interesting to see if can improve when he gets his conditions. Trained by N J Henderson, Sired by Sinndar

    Grey Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled February 16th, 2011)
  • Ifandbutwhynot (IRE)

    Won at Musselburgh at 7/4 with the switch to handicap company working the oracle as suggested. He's been raised 5lbs for the win which is fair and he's given the chance to prove that he can brush up his jumping sufficiently to help him find the little improvement required to defy his rise in the weights. Produced a solid run at Doncaster from his revised mark and may still be capable of picking up another race. Trained by D O'Meara, Sired by Raise A Grand

    Bay Gelding, 8yo, (Foaled June 5th, 2006)
  • It's High Time (IRE)

    Decent bumper performer who made a winning start over hurdles back in November and it looked as if it wouldn't be long until he adds to that success judged by his handicap debut at Musselburgh. Never really in the right place behind a well-backed winner, he gave the impression a stiffer track would suit and this lightly raced performer should soon be making up for lost time. Trained by Miss Lucinda V Russell, Sired by Kalanisi

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 2nd, 2008)
  • Kudu Country (IRE)

    He wasn't without support and was in the process of running his best race of the season when unseating at Chepstow. Was stepped up in grade next time and not disgraced from a 4lb higher mark. His old form suggests that he should still be capable of picking up a small race on decent ground now that he's back in form. (IO) Trained by Evan Williams, Sired by Captain Rio

    Grey Gelding, 9yo, (Foaled March 22nd, 2006)
  • Lean Araig (IRE)

    Won both starts since joining the Notebook at 11/1 and 9/2. Oliver McKiernan said he'd done plenty of schooling with the six-year-old, and, while it showed, the step up in trip to three miles at Punchestown was a major factor in the Old Vic gelding breaking his duck. The handicapper will have his say but he could well make his mark in better company as he looks to have plenty more to offer now he is facing tests with the emphasis very much on stamina. (BL) Trained by Oliver McKiernan, Sired by Old Vic

    Chestnut Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled April 30th, 2009)
  • Leap Dearg (IRE)

    Travelled like a dream in the novice handicap chase at Cheltenham but failed to take a hand in the finish as the petrol gauge swung to empty. That was his first attempt beyond two miles over fences but he'd won his previous three and on this evidence the handicapper hasn't caught up with him yet. A drop back in trip can see him get back to winning ways. Trained by Robert Tyner, Sired by Beneficial

    Bay Gelding, 7yo, (Foaled February 29th, 2008)
  • Mawj Tamy (USA)

    Denis Cullen's cheap purchase out of Charlie Hills' yard has shown enough in three quick runs in maiden hurdles to warrant interest in handicaps over the coming months. His never-nearer third to the promising Rogue Trader at Navan was easily his best effort to date and he was better than the result there too, keeping on well down the straight having had to come from an impossible position turning in. Beaten far enough to think he will start off in handicaps from a pretty lowly mark, he's one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks, especially should the market speak in his favour. Down the field at Naas when turned out quickly but worth another chance. (SJ) Trained by D Cullen, Sired by Invasor

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled March 21st, 2010)
  • Monetaire (FR)

    Arguably a shade unlucky not to land a coup at Cheltenham after losing ground at the start but may prove capable of defying the inevitale (and hopefully small) rise in the weights before the season's out. Trained by D Pipe, Sired by Anabaa (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 9yo, (Foaled February 19th, 2006)
  • Mr Grey (IRE)

    Ran fourth in the Betfred Mobile Heroes Handicap Hurdle at Sandown. He did much the best of those that raced up with the pace in the race, as he was pestered for the lead by Polamco who dropped out eventually and was pulled up. Mr Grey, however, maintained his challenge up the hill and wasn't beaten far in fourth in the end. This was another good run and he doesn't look badly handicapped at all. A slight drop in trip to two and a half miles could see him back in the winner's circle and we want to track his progress. Trained by B I Case, Sired by Great Palm

    Grey Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 3rd, 2008)
  • Mydor (FR)

    Bumped into the progressive Lean Araig at Punchestown before failing to cope with a drop in trip in a well contested handicap at Kempton. Gives every impression that there is more to come and should gain compensation when stepped back up in distance. (IO) Trained by A J Martin, Sired by Stormy River

    Chestnut Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 19th, 2010)
  • Rajdhani Express

    Ran well at Cheltenham despite ultimately finishing eighth. He basically didn¿t have a race with Sam Waley-Cohen getting shuffled back time after time and he was then allowed to coast home on the bridle when all chance had gone. Providing the ground stays on the good side he should be able to run very well at Aintree, hopefully in a race like the Topham Trophy given that the jockey has such a good record over the National fences. (AT) Trained by N J Henderson, Sired by Presenting

    Brown Gelding, 7yo, (Foaled April 18th, 2007)
  • Regal Flow

    Finished eight lengths adrift of the well-backed Sun Wild Life in the Spartan Sprint Novices' Limited Handicap Chase but was fighting a losing battle after being hampered. This was just his second run over fences - he won the first - so there's scope for further improvement, especially when he meets the faster ground that connections believe he needs and he can win another handicap at this level despite being raised 2lbs. Appeared to hate the heavy ground when second at Fontwell but stuck to his task well but was in the process of running a huge race when coming to grief two out back at that venue on a faster surface. He remains one to keep on side. Trained by Mrs Caroline Keevil, Sired by Erhaab (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 7yo, (Foaled July 18th, 2007)
  • Runswick Royal (IRE)

    Since returning from an seven-month absence, during which time connections tweaked a couple of things that were ailing him, Runswick Royal has twice performed with considerable credit. His victory at Newcastle was franked when Yorkist came out and won the other day and it might well have been two over two had Brian Hughes got going a little earlier behind Royal Regatta at Doncaster. It was a performance that strongly suggested he can pick up a nice novice handicap chase on spring ground in the months ahead, and the fact that his trainer is still flying under the radar - despite an impressive strike-rate with her half-dozen-strong team this season - can only help in terms of getting the right price.Won for the Notebook at 9/4 at Kelso and could now head to Aintree and/or Ayr. (WH) Trained by Mrs A Hamilton, Sired by Excellent Art

    Chestnut Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 2nd, 2009)
  • Scoppio Del Carro

    Half-brother to the useful dual purpose performer Daneking and this 75-rated Flat performer shaped encouragingly on his first start over obstacles at Warwick, before unseating when in contention at Catterick and then running satisfactorily at Wetherby and Doncaster. It will be interesting to see what the handicapper makes of him, presuming that is now the idea. (WH) Trained by J J Quinn, Sired by Medicean

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 8th, 2011)
  • Seeking Susan (IRE)

    Finished strongly to beat all bar the odds-on favourite in a Limerick bumper in a manner which suggests she should be able to pick up a similar race. Her yard has plenty of success in this sphere and are sure to place her to advantage while better ground may also suit with a number of her sire's progeny preferring a sound surface. Flopped at Thurles but worth another chance on better ground. Trained by Miss E Doyle, Sired by Court Cave

    Bay/Brown Mare, 7yo, (Foaled January 1st, 2008)
  • Tango De Juilley (FR)

    Out of his depth in the JLT and ran about as well as his form entitled him to.The ground may well have gone against him now but he retains the potential to make his mark in handicap company if handling faster conditions. Trained by Miss V Williams, Sired by Lesotho (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 20th, 2008)
  • Thistlecrack

    A close up fifth in the Imperial Cup represents a promising start to his handicap career even if it wasn't the strongest renewal of the prestigious handicap. Everything happened too quickly for this stoutly bred individual who looks capable of picking up another race once stepped up in trip before going over fences. (IO) Trained by C L Tizzard, Sired by Kayf Tara

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 29th, 2008)
  • Unanimite (FR)

    Could only finish in midfield in the Fred Winter when wearing a first time tongue tie but he passed several runners in the closing stages from off the pace to suggest that he has a race in him. A win in September on good ground bodes well for his effectiveness on spring ground and he looks more than capable of making further progress in the handicap ranks. Trained by D Pipe, Sired by Kentucky Dynamite (USA)

    Chestnut Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 27th, 2011)
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  • Vibrato Valtat (FR)

    Made it four out of five for the Notebook when winning at Warwick but could only finish fourth in the Arkle. Was ridden to beat Un De Sceaux which may have cost him second and it'd be no surprise to see him bounce back although he has had a long season. Trained by P F Nicholls, Sired by Voix Du Nord

    Grey Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 4th, 2009)
  • Vinnie Red (IRE)

    Vinnie Red looks a young novice hurdler to follow closely after winning in good style at Stratford. Evan Williams' five-year-old, racing in the famous silks of Mr and Mrs William Rucker, was third in a Doncaster bumper on his only previous racecourse appearance back in March but the switch to jumping brought about significant improvement. For a trainer/owner combination better known for the staying exploits of the likes of State Of Play and Cappa Bleu, it was hugely encouraging to see this son of Vinnie Roe quicken nicely on turning into the straight and he could even afford to make a mess of the last flight of hurdles before going on to beat Summer Storm by five lengths. The ground was against him at Kelso and Ascot and he shaped better at Bangor. He can do better again when conditions dry out with a longer trip possibly ideal. Trained by Evan Williams, Sired by Vinnie Roe (IRE)

    Chestnut Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled March 30th, 2009)
  • Vyta Du Roc (FR)

    Would almost certainly have finished second in the Neptune but for making a complete hash of the last and more than capable of picking up a deserved Grade One novice success. A winner twice in the summer, faster conditions shouldn't be a problem and would hold leading claims if turning up at Aintree. Trained by N J Henderson, Sired by Lion Noir

    Grey Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled June 21st, 2009)
  • Well Rewarded (IRE)

    Emma Lavelle's horses are going through a bit of a quiet spell at present, but that makes Well Rewarded's performance at Kempton all the more interesting. Granted, he was beaten 22 lengths at the line in the novices' handicap hurdle over two miles, five furlongs, but kept galloping up the straight jumped the last pretty well considering the tiring underfoot conditions. The Beneficial gelding didn't appear to get home when tried over three miles at Taunton before Christmas but he looks well worth another shot over that sort of trip and drying ground in the coming weeks should help his prospects. The assessor may be forced to drop him in the weights following this effort and he could prove to be well treated when the Lavelle yard really clicks back into gear. (MB) Trained by Miss E C Lavelle, Sired by Beneficial

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 5th, 2010)
  • Western Rules (IRE)

    Won a bumper in which his trainer had a decent record having taken it previously with Chidswell, Noble Alan and Middleton Dene. Unlikely to be over raced or over faced this season but appeals as one to keep on side over this season and next having landed a gamble in good style despite showing signs of inexperience. Confirmed that impression with an easy win at 4/7 under a penalty and there's surely more to come. Trained by N G Richards, Sired by Westerner

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled March 25th, 2010)