Notebook

  • Collaboration

    Faces a significant hike in the weights for winning at Epsom but a poor 2014 has given him room for manoeuvre with his handicap mark and there should be a good deal more to come. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. He was the only one of the first six home to have been held up, the front two dominating throughout, and he stayed on powerfully. He ran a blinder in last year's Duke Of York Stakes last May and could return to the Knavesmire for a handicap with headgear reapplied. Trained by M Dods, Sired by Kheleyf (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 8yo, (Foaled March 10th, 2007)
  • 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. She is worth following until her limitations are exposed. 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. Trained by P T Midgley, Sired by Exceed And Excel (AUS)

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 14th, 2009)
  • 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)
  • Sir Lancelott

    Had the advantage of racefitness over a number of his rivals when winning at Newcastle but the manner of his success suggested that he is more than capable of winning again before the handicapper catches up with him. Trained by K Dalgleish, Sired by Piccolo

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled March 8th, 2012)
  • 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)
  • 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)