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 but he had little chance when drawn wide at Chester.

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

  • Alsacienne

    Backed as though defeat was out of the question on her seasonal reappearance and handicap debut at Yarmouth (23/08), she got trapped in a pocket against the rail behind a slow pace and failed to find racing room. She had a fairly rough ride as she was switched right and then left but providing that hasn't left a mark, compensation surely awaits and it would be no surprise were this well bred filly able to run up a sequence given her master trainer.

    Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, Sired by Dalakhani
    Grey filly, 3yo, (Foaled March 1, 2013)

  • 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 and that was backed up at Goodwood where he again enjoyed little luck.

    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 95 in last year's Silver Cup, he's now below that mark and showed more in headgear at Ripon. 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)

  • Haggle

    It's been a difficult season for Luca Cumani and presumably for this filly who didn't reappear until Goodwood (26/07). The market suggested that the run might be needed but she belied the drift to run a big race in second and has been put up by 2lbs as a result. That may end up being immaterial as she undoubtedly has the potential to make up into a Group race performer, indeed she already has a Listed third to her name. Provided that she doesn't take a step back from this belated reappearance, she looks set for a fruitful autumn and connections have already pinpointed a Sandown Group Three at the end of August for her next run.

    Trained by L M Cumani, Sired by Pivotal
    Chestnut filly, 3yo, (Foaled March 29, 2013)

  • Intrepidly

    Missed the break from a poor draw at Yarmouth (11/08) and then had to come around the whole field in order to launch his challenge. The principals had long gone by then but he stayed on quite pleasingly once out in the open and this initial experience should not be lost on this youngster who can leave the bare form of his debut behind in due course.

    Trained by J Noseda, Sired by Medaglio d'Oro
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 18, 2014)

  • 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)

  • Masham Star

    The Wagon Wheel turned the opening day's nursery at York (17/08) into a bit of a procession but there were some eyecatching performances in behind and it looks a race that could throw up several future winners. Mark Johnston saddled the third and fourth, Storm Cry and Masham Star, who were both drawn high and had to race more towards the stands' side and away from the main action, and it's the latter who could be ready to strike next time. He's been tried over various distances but Johnston has maintained from the start that he shapes like a miler at home and stepping back up to seven furlongs in the near future should pay off. He failed to figure on his only previous attempt at that trip in the Chesham at Royal Ascot but can be forgiven that run and looks well worth another try following last week's staying-on effort. 

    Trained by M Johnston, Sired by Lawman
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 22, 2014)

  • Master Blueyes

    Faced a tough assignment at Goodwood (30/07) dropping back to 12 furlongs from 4lb above the mark from which he scored at Chester at the end of May. He was tackling horses from a higher class bracket than he had met before, so it is to his credit that he got as close as he did, and he would have finished even handier had he not been closed off when making inroads just inside the final furlong. Not disgraced in the Melrose subsequently when staying on again after hitting a flat spot, he remains capable of picking up a lesser contest.

    Trained by A King  Sired by Mastercraftsman

    Grey gelding, 3yo, (Foaled May 1, 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. He didn't get a great deal more luck when dropped back to six furlongs at Goodwood but again finished to good effect and, in his current form, can land a decent prize when the gaps do open. Below that form at Ripon latest but worth another chance.

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

  • Oceanographer

    Looked unfortunate not to reward each-way backers with a place in the Ebor (20/08) with Martin Lane choosing what proved to be the wrong route as the battle for second began to unfold and his mount is much better than his finishing position. He's improved for being held up and the application of a hood which has helped him settle far better than on previous starts and after just nine career outings there's a chance that there is more to come from this well bred gelding who could yet make his mark at a higher level and reward connections' patience.

    Trained by C Appleby, Sired by Sea The Stars
    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled February 8, 2012)

  • Qatar Man

    Very little went right on his debut at Chelmsford City (21/08) where he attracted notable support at double figure prices before being sent off at 4/1. He missed the break but was then a shade keen and got involved in a couple of barging matches before swinging very wide off the final turn. It's testament to his ability that he finished as close as he did and it will be interesting to see how far he can progress with this experience under his belt.

    Trained by M Botti, Sired by Archarcharch
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled January 29, 2014)

  • Red Rannagh

    An interesting purchase from Ireland for Fitri Hay having taken four attempts to open his account in the autumn but on the evidence of his second start for new connections at Goodwood (28/07), it could be money well spent. He attracted support at fancy prices but badly missed the break in the 10 furlong handicap and had little chance from thereon in. He was a notably strong finisher though and was a creditable sixth having been beaten little more than three lengths and that effort bodes well for his fortunes in the weeks ahead.

    Trained by D M Simcock  Sired by Teofilo

    Bay colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 13, 2013)

  • Shraaoh

    Bounced back from an expensive flop at Royal Ascot to go close at Goodwood (30/07) for which he's been hit with a 2lb rise but this lightly raced individual looks more than capable of taking that rise in his stride. Frankie Dettori was hard at work from a long way out in a slowly run race and his mount never really looked like finishing as close as he eventually did. It's not hard to think that either a stronger pace, stiffer test or more galloping track will help to show him in a better light and he retains the potential to rate higher still despite being beaten at York.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Sea The Stars
    Bay colt, 3yo, (Foaled January 21, 2013)

  • 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 granted a test of stamina and he's now been given a mark after two quick runs at Thirsk.

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

  • 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. She still has some growing up to do but certainly wasn't knocked around in the closing stages and has since run respectably at both Goodwood and Wolverhampton. She could be seen as an ideal nursery type and looks well enough treated for her journey down the handicap route.

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

  • Third Time Lucky

    Last year's Cambridgeshire winner has taken time to come to hand as a four-year-old, but produced a season's best in the hotly-contested Clipper Logistics Stakes at York (18/08). Ridden to the fore of the main pack in mid-division off a strong gallop, he travelled well and only the impressive winner, Firmament, went better as they entered the last furlong. His momentum was slightly impacted as Kelinni weakened directly in front of him and he was a bit unlucky to finish out of the places. He's going to be fresher than most of the rivals he'll face in the big handicaps this autumn and, although 5lb higher than he was at Newmarket, connections have the option of utilising Adam McNamara's 5lb claim and it wouldn't be a surprise if Richard Fahey turns to his young jockey at some stage later in the campaign. 

    Trained by R A Fahey  Sired by Clodovil

    Grey Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 30, 2012)

  • Yorker

    Made a highly encouraging UK debut outing at York (20/08) when clearly expected to come on for the run having been allowed to go off as one of the outsiders of the field at 14/1, but he belied those odds with a fine effort behind the classy Scottish on his first run for over two years.  He was a quality performer for his previous trainer Geoff Woodruff, winning three times at Group One level in South Africa, and while his Champion Stakes entry might be pushing it, the seven-year-old is certainly entitled to have a shot at a Group Two before then and he could end up contesting the big one on champions day. 

    Trained by W J Haggas, Sired by Jet Master
    Bay gelding, 7yo, (Foaled October 21, 2009)