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. Normal improvement should see him win a maiden and it would be no surprise if he developed into an above average performer as he's clearly inherited a good deal of the family ability.

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

  • Alcatraz

    Alcatraz could only manage fourth in the Investec Mile at Epsom on Oaks day but he remains of interest off his current handicap mark. George Baker's four-year-old raced keenly in a hot 10-furlong handicap that is working out really well on his seasonal reappearance at Windsor and he didn't settle perfectly back down in trip either. A stuttering pace could well be the reason for that as he really needed them to go hard at this distance to produce his best, but that wasn't the case. Considering that, finishing a three-length fourth behind Examiner wasn't a bad effort at all. Big-field handicaps over a mile could well be the key to him and, although he'll need to win to nudge up the ratings enough to get in, something like the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood could well be ideal for him.

    Trained by George Baker, Sired by Camacho
    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 15, 2012)

  • Bossy Guest

    Mick Channon's runner may always be vulnerable to younger, more progressive rivals but his sixth place finish at 50/1 in the Royal Hunt Cup suggests that he is, at least, back on a competitive mark. Fourth in the 2015 2000 Guineas and third in the Jersey Stakes, his handicap mark has slipped from 114 to 104 and his Royal Ascot run - on unsuitably soft ground - indicated that he is on the way back after a spell in the doldrums. All three wins have come over six furlongs but he's effective over seven furlongs and a mile and he can make his presence felt in a decent handicap or two now that he's recaptured his form.

    Trained by M R Channon, Sired by Medicean
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled February 25, 2012)

  • 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. A stronger pace at that trip should help to show him in a better light and the best should still be to come.

    Trained by A M Balding  Sired by Lawman

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

  • Churchill

    The betting market suggested in the final minutes before the opening juvenile maiden on Irish 1,000 Guineas day (22/05) that this was not expected to be 'the day' for Churchill, and so it proved but he did show plenty of promise and duly built on that at Royal Ascot when winning the Chesham Stakes. That victory came despite his obvious inexperience and there should be plenty more to come with three of the trainer's last four winners of that prize going on to achieve Group One honours later in the season.

    Trained by A P O'Brien, Sired by Galileo
    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled January 1, 2014)

  • Cuff

    Cuff may have fluffed her lines at Royal Ascot but she is well worth another chance. Upstaged by a lesser fancied stablemate in the Albany Stakes, there wasn't anything especially eyecatching about her run itself but her antics beforehand did take the eye. She appeared to be awash with sweat when giving the stalls handlers problems and it was no surprise to see her race keenly and even less of a shock when she failed to pick up. The whole day appeared to have got to her and she can be expected to show her true colours back in more serene surroundings and make her mark in Group race company.

    Trained by A P O'Brien, Sired by Galileo
    Chestnut filly, 2yo, (Foaled February 8, 2014)

  • Dark Devil

    Failed to finish out of the frame in his first four career starts and his reappearance run at Chester (on 5/5) needs upgrading. Drawn wide at the Roodee, he raced in rear before being pulled out to challenge in the straight and making significant inroads into the leader's advantage. Next step was Epsom on Derby day (04/06) where he went up three furlongs in trip, but was never seen with any chance from a wide draw. That was a tough contest, but hold-up tactics did not pay off in any case with the winner being enterprisingly ridden from the front. This horse is well worth another chance.

    Trained by R A Fahey  Sired by Dark Angel

    Grey gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 15, 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)

  • Grand Inquisitor

    Grand Inquisitor was easy to back on the soft ground at Newmarket's Craven meeting (14/04) but emerged with plenty of credit, finding trouble almost right from the off before keeping on for sixth place. Ryan Moore didn't give him a hard time at all and a slow start left him facing an uphilll task throughout. He looks to have progressed again from three to four and confirmed that impression when an excellent fifth in the Victoria Cup afterwards, attempting to come from off the pace in a contest in which those in front of him had raced largely handily. Further improvement must be a possibility and he's surely going to keep going well in these big handicaps.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Dansili
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled February 9th, 2012)

  • 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.

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

  • Jaadu

    Despite the fact that his handicap mark has taken a minor pounding for his third in the Spring Cup at Lingfield on March 5, Jaadu showed more than enough to suggest that he can pay his way as a three-year-old. He has an interesting profile, having shown little in three early maidens at two before winning a nursery at Glorious Goodwood, after which he was thrown into the Acomb Stakes. Second in a pipeopener at Wolverhampton in February, he took a sizeable step forward at Lingfield, but the 9lb rise he has been handed for his luckless third could have been a lot stiffer had he not been hampered in the melee caused by the wayward Race Day just over a furlong out. Sea Of Flames, who was stopped in his tracks at the same time, has already come out and reversed form with winner Haalick moved up to a mile on Finals Day and the way that Jaadu got going again in the last 75 yards to snatch third also bodes well for his prospects once moved up to the same trip.

    Trained by M R Channon, Sired by Holy Roman Emperor
    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled May 9th, 2013)

  • Jungle Cat

    Ran a fine race to finish second in the Palace House Stakes (30/4) and is one to keep on the right side of in the early part of the year on this evidence. He took the solo passage up the middle of the track, drifting right in the closing stages, but finished his race off well. This shows he's still in great heart following three tough races at Meydan and this will have set him up nicely for a return to six furlongs. Kept at the minimum at Royal Ascot, he ran another fine race to be fourth in the King's Stand despite underfoot conditions being far from ideal and could now step back up to six furlongs for the July Cup.

    Trained by C Appleby, Sired by Iffraaj
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled April 5, 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. 

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

  • Mutarakez

    Weakened to finish 11th of 22 in the Lincoln (02/04) but the ground - which was changed to soft, heavy in places after the first race - was far too taxing for this lightly raced individual on his first start for over nine months. Not seen since disappointing at Royal Ascot, he showed enough in this run to think that he can get back on track and fulfil his trainer's expectations of developing into a Group race performer. He travelled well for a long way into the race, arguably racing a shade keenly if anything, until tiring with around a furlong of the race still to run. He's entitled to come on a good deal for the outing and quicker conditions should help to show him in a better light.

    Trained by B J Meehan, Sired by Fast Company
    Chestnut Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 7th, 2012)

  • 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)

  • Qeyaadah

    Paul Hanagan had his hands full with Qeyaadah in the concluding race on the opening day of the Derby Festival at Epsom and it looked a clear case of the horse struggling with the contours of the track. The son of Acclamation, gelded over the winter, was also having his first outing of the season and was conceding race-fitness to most of his rivals, so the fact he still managed to finish third behind King's Pavilion and Stamp Hill augurs well. He raced keenly, was caught on heels at the top of the hill, then looked uncomfortable inside the final couple of furlongs but he ultimately consented to stay on for Hanagan and finished with some purpose. Still unexposed over seven furlongs, there are opportunities to be found for Ed Dunlop's charge in the coming weeks and he may even prove effective dropped back to sprinting.

    Trained by Ed Dunlop, Sired by Acclamation
    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 28, 2013)

  • 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. 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)