Notebook

  • Ascription (IRE)

    His York run was a hugely-encouraging effort on his first start for more than 18 months and in the hope that his injury issues don't flair up again, he'll surely be doing even better this summer. There was enough promise in this run to suggest that the patience of the horse's trainer and owners will be rewarded at some stage and they almost gained that dividend on his next start at Haydock. He should be able to land a similar contest. Trained by H Palmer, Sired by Dansili

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled February 20th, 2009)
  • Ballydoyle (IRE)

    Her debut run, when fourth at the Curragh, could hardly have been more eyecatching and she built on that when second to Suits You in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. She got going all too late in the day but only went down by a short-head and duly got off the mark next time (11/07) and will be mixing in top juvenile company as the season goes on. Trained by A P O'Brien, Sired by Galileo (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled January 27th, 2013)
  • Bobby Wheeler (IRE)

    Well backed in a Goodwood maiden in which a few caught the eye - including a pair of Richard Hannon trained youngsters - but he can probably be marked up a little more than the others. Caught wide on the track, away from the action and noticeably green, he kept on quite well under hands and heels and should improve. Trained by C G Cox, Sired by Pivotal

    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 23rd, 2013)
  • Bright Flash

    A member of the Notebook last season and she's back after an encouraging run at Doncaster (06/06). She has disappointed favourite-backers at Carlisle since (15/06) but she was too keen there and has since been dropped 2lb to a mark of 75 following that seventh-placed effort. There's still potential for her to progress and she might be worth one more throw of the dice, especially if dropped in class slightly. Trained by D H Brown, Sired by Dutch Art

    Chestnut Filly, 3yo, (Foaled April 22nd, 2012)
  • Broxbourne (IRE)

    Two miles and five furlongs over the Sussex Downs would not be the ideal cup of tea for many horses, but we already know that it suits Broxbourne well enough because she won going away at Glorious Goodwood two years ago. She's a little higher in the weights now than for that win, but has produced some good efforts over hurdles this year and seems to be still in a very good place judged by the way she rattled home under Jamie Spencer in the Ascot Stakes. Trained by N J Henderson, Sired by Refuse To Bend (IRE)

    Bay Mare, 6yo, (Foaled April 28th, 2009)
  • Collaboration

    Obliged for the Notebook at Chester at 9/4 from a 10lb higher mark than when winning at Epsom. A breathing operation has seemingly worked the oracle for a horse who was highly tried at the start of last season and although only ninth to Mahsoob in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot, he was only beaten three lengths and the ground would have been lively enough for him. Still on the up and a return to soft ground might be the key. Trained by A M Balding, Sired by Halling (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled February 25th, 2011)
  • Coolcalmcollected (IRE)

    Relatively prominent in the market for her handicap debut at Doncaster but didn't really enjoy the run of the race and it was the same scenario at Leicester last time, when failing to justify favouritism. She did best of those who were held up and the runner-up has franked the form with a victory at Brighton. More to come from this three-year-old and worth sticking with. Trained by C F Wall, Sired by Acclamation

    Bay Filly, 3yo, (Foaled April 6th, 2012)
  • Crew Cut (IRE)

    The last race of the Investec Derby meeting went to Ashpan Sam once again, but the one to take out of the Investec Asset Management Stakes is Crew Cut, who ran very well considering very little went right for him. Stuart Williams' horse broke from the widest draw under Chad Schofield and was poorly positioned throughout, while he lost ground on the turn for home after failing to handle the bend. However, despite all this he made up his ground and finished well to take a never-nearer sixth place, so he clearly remains in really good form following a fine effort at Goodwood on his previous start. He remains 8lb lower than his career-high mark and looks well-handicapped enough to be winning again soon providing the handicapper doesn't get carried away with his second at Ascot (10/07). Trained by S C Williams, Sired by Acclamation

    Grey Gelding, 7yo, (Foaled April 22nd, 2008)
  • Croquembouche (IRE)

    Encouraging the way he fought off a succession of strong-travelling challengers at York before finally giving way to Notarised and he can win again at a track that plays to his strengths. His stamina for a mile and a half now fully proven in this excellent effort, and his liking for a turning left-handed track and fast ground, there should be plenty of options. Trained by E De Giles, Sired by Acclamation

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled April 7th, 2009)
  • Dal Harraild

    Made rather too eyecatching late headway at Newmarket (10/07) as far as his price for his second outing is concerned but his yard often runs some of their better juveniles at this meeting and it will be interesting to see how he progresses even if he's likely to be too short to back next time out. Trained by W J Haggas, Sired by Champs Elysees

    Chestnut Colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 24th, 2013)
  • Down To Earth

    It was only a modest maiden that he won at Nottingham (28/04) but there was plenty to like about the way that he got the job done. He didn't really get the run of the race (lost a shoe at the start) when third at Lingfield (AW) on his handicap debut but did enough to suggest that he can win from his initial mark. Trained by M L W Bell, Sired by Aussie Rules (USA)

    Grey Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 3rd, 2012)
  • Dromcus

    Took a big step forward at Windsor (27/04) from his soft ground debut and looks one to keep an eye on in handicaps. Slightly keen, he was dropped out in rear but made good progress to briefly threaten to take a hand in the finish before his run flattened out and can rate better than the bare result suggests. The trip looked to find him out at Doncaster and again at Kempton (08/07) on his handicap bow but he remains one to be interested in when back in distance. Trained by J R Fanshawe, Sired by Teofilo (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 17th, 2012)
  • Eagle Top

    Lots to like about the way he got on top of the excellent yardstick Postponed to take second place in the Hardwicke Stakes in the last stride, despite having been unsuited by the slow early fractions and by having got into a bit of a barging match with the eventual third early in the home straight. Granted a stiffer test of stamina, Eagle Top remains a horse to follow - even in the very highest grade - over a mile and a half this season. Trained by J H M Gosden, Sired by Pivotal

    Chestnut Colt, 4yo, (Foaled February 13th, 2011)
  • Eltezam (IRE)

    His overall profile is one of steady progression and he acquitted himself extremely well against more experienced juveniles when third to Buratino in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He stayed on strongly having been up with the pace for most of the race and looks to be crying out for a step up to seven furlongs at some stage soon and Richard Hannon's colt can hold his own in top company. He confirmed that impression at Newmarket and should now be stepped up to seven. Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Kodiac

    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled January 18th, 2013)
  • Essenaitch (IRE)

    Well beaten at a big price on debut in a Windsor maiden (06/07) but the run was not devoid of promise and it would be no surprise to see him make his mark in nurseries further down the line and his next two starts should reveal more. Trained by P D Evans, Sired by Zoffany (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 14th, 2013)
  • Force (IRE)

    Stepped up a furlong furlongs for the Chesham, the chestnut son of Raven's Pass didn't have much go his way as he sweated up before the start and pulled too hard for his own good in the early stages. He also got precious little in terms of cover as he had to race in a small group of three for the first half of the race. He's still learning his trade and looks one to keep faith with, especially if he's able to be covered up and settled early on. Trained by J H M Gosden, Sired by Raven's Pass (USA)

    Chestnut Colt, 2yo, (Foaled January 30th, 2013)
  • Foreign Diplomat

    Repeatedly denied a clear run at Ripon (3/06) when ridden by an inexperienced apprentice, his performance can be marked up and represented a step in the right direction following his flop at York. He was favourite that day too which does strike a warning note but there's no doubt that he has the ability to make an impact this season. Trained by W J Haggas, Sired by Oasis Dream

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled March 31st, 2012)
  • Front Five (IRE)

    Made a respectable handicap debut at Salisbury (11/07) in a race her trainer has won a couple of times in recent seasons. He shaped as though a stronger pace/step up in trip would be very much in his favour, keeping on well to the line having been outpaced and a similar contest should be well within his reach in the coming weeks. Trained by Mrs A J Perrett, Sired by Teofilo (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled May 7th, 2012)
  • George Bowen (IRE)

    Richard Fahey's George Bowen looked like he'd trained on well when winning over six furlongs back in March and perhaps a return to sprint distances will be key to getting his head back in front. He travelled well enough in a prominent position during the seven-furlong Investec Specialist Bank Handicap to suggest he's speedy enough and he wasn't ideally positioned as the race developed inside the final furlong. Once the space opened up in front of him he finished well for fourth and he's going to be interesting wherever he goes next. Far from disgraced at Sandown and York the next twice. Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Dark Angel (IRE)

    Grey Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 20th, 2012)
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  • Happy Call

    His yard houses some useful juveniles and this fellow could be another judged on his promising debut at York (10/07) which suggested he should justify his price which rose on each visit to the sales. He was doing all of his best work in the closing stages and should be able to win his maiden before being stepped up in grade. Trained by S Crisford, Sired by Kodiac

    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 3rd, 2013)
  • Karaka Jack

    Set an unsustainable gallop and quickly dropped back through the field in the final stages at Newmarket (10/07), but has come down another 1lb for this run and had shaped quite well previously at Carlisle. Drawn 10, he was first home down the centre of the course in a race in which the first five home were drawn 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, making steady late gains having been ridden more conservatively than at HQ. The form of that race is already working out pretty nicely too. He came good for this stable at the back-end of last season, winning twice over a mile at Redcar on decent ground and his rating entitles him to contest considerably easier events than he has tackled on his last two starts. Don't be surprised to see another end-of-campaign revival in his form if dropped back into an ordinary 0-80. Trained by J S Goldie, Sired by Pivotal

    Chestnut Gelding, 8yo, (Foaled March 11th, 2007)
  • Lilian Baylis (IRE)

    Has made steady progress with every start and build on promising third to subsequent Listed winner Blond Me at Salisbury (17/06) when scoring narrowly on her handicap debut at Pontefract (07/07), relishing the step up to 10 furlongs on good ground. She was never ideally placed and got shuffled back at a crucial stage but stayed on powerfully to get up by a neck and the assessor shouldn't go overboard. That possibly as far as she'll want to go given the speed in her pedigree. Trained by L M Cumani, Sired by Shamardal (USA)

    Bay Filly, 3yo, (Foaled March 27th, 2012)
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  • Marma's Boy

    Won what is usually a red-hot handicap at Newmarket's Guineas meeting, with his trainer remarking that he 'hasn't quite worked out' his three-year-old yet. Proved that no fluke with a fantastic effort in third in the King George V Stakes and although bumped up 3lb to a mark of 89 following that Royal run, he remains on a steep upward curve and remains totally unexposed over a mile and a half. Trained by R M Beckett, Sired by Duke Of Marmalade (IRE)

    Chestnut Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled March 20th, 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. Ran well at York with the headgear reapplied and did enough to suggest that he can win another decent prize in the coming weeks and months when the cards fall right. Trained by M Dods, Sired by Kheleyf (USA)

    Bay Gelding, 8yo, (Foaled March 10th, 2007)
  • Maxwell (IRE)

    He won cosily on his handicap debut at Salisbury and he's open to improvement over middle distances. Can be excused his subsequent effort when sent off 20/1 in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot. Duly got back on track at Newmarket (11/07) and remains worth following until his limitations are exposed. Trained by R M Beckett, Sired by Big Bad Bob (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 9th, 2012)
  • Mia Tesoro (IRE)

    She won't be pulling up any trees but she showed enough in what was probably a fair maiden at Leicester (13/06) to think that she can make her mark in low-grade nurseries from what should be a basement mark. Her debut can be viewed in a similar light with a disappointing run at Wolverhampton in between easy to forgive. Trained by J A Osborne, Sired by Danehill Dancer (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled April 14th, 2013)
  • 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. Turned over next time but that was on bad ground against the boys and she remains one to be interested in. Trained by J S Bolger, Sired by Invincible Spirit (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled January 23rd, 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 which he finally got - to some extent - back at Ripon (03/06) and he looks capable of winning again despite his subsequent defeat at Doncaster (14/06). Trained by P T Midgley, Sired by Exceed And Excel (AUS)

    Bay Gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 14th, 2009)
  • Mr Lupton (IRE)

    Bounced back from unlucky effort when tried over six furlongs at Thirsk (08/06) to win a Haydock maiden over the minimum trip at Haydock (20/06) and on that evidence he's likely to be stepped back up in trip next time. Has entries in the Weatherbys Super Sprint and big sales races at York and Doncaster later on but he shaped well on his nursery debut (11/07) and should pick up a handicap before then. Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Elnadim (USA)

    Chestnut Gelding, 2yo, (Foaled April 29th, 2013)
  • Muthmir (IRE)

    Raced far too keenly on his reappearance at York and did remarkably well to finish as close as he did in the circumstances. He was far more relaxed when winning in France next time and proved himself a top-class sprinter when third, beaten half a length, in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. His run in the July Cup is easily forgiven and better is expected in the Nunthorpe, his original target before connections opted to take in Newmarket en route. Trained by W J Haggas, Sired by Invincible Spirit (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled March 14th, 2010)
  • Outer Space

    Not many came from too far off the pace at Newmarket (10/07), other than runner-up Buckstay and - to a greater extent - fourth-home Outer Space, who still appeared to be stone last of the 16 just over a furlong out but made rapid late gains down the outside to finish faster than anything. He's by no means a prolific winner and might well find them going too quick over six furlongs at Goodwood if that's where connections choose to head next, but he definitely saw out the trip in this fast-run seven and is the type to pop up at a price in a big-field straight-track handicap in the months ahead. Second in the Cornwallis as a juvenile, he's well-treated if returning to anything like the level of that form. Trained by J A Osborne, Sired by Acclamation

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 28th, 2011)
  • Polybius

    Has been profitable to follow for the Notebook this season with wins at 3/1 and 7/2, the latest coming in clearcut fashion at Kempton despite the race not being run to suit. Ran another creditable race in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and worth sticking with as he's likely to be stepped up to seven furlongs now and that can unlock further improvement. Trained by D R Lanigan, Sired by Oasis Dream

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 16th, 2011)
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  • Proud Of You (IRE)

    With a career record of 0-9, there's no doubt that he comes with risks attached and he did come under pressure fairly early at Beverley (04/07). However, he responded to his rider's urgings and made ground all the way up the straight. That performance backed up a better run in a maiden which suggests that he's heading in the right direction (albeit in small steps) and he looks capable of making his presence felt in similar company. Trained by N Tinkler, Sired by Fast Company (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 30th, 2012)
  • 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. Raised 6lbs, he was a shade unfortunate not to finish closer at Leicester and wasn't disgraced at Doncaster. 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)
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  • Rose Eclair

    Shaped far better than her eventual finishing position suggests in a potentially hot maiden at Doncaster (6/06), staying on after being short of room, and also when third at Ripon (18/06) on her third qualifying run. Cut little ice on her nursery debut (08/07) but that was probably a fair race and she's worth another chance in calmer waters. Trained by T D Easterby, Sired by Major Cadeaux

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled March 24th, 2013)
  • 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)
  • Ticks The Boxes (IRE)

    Something of a mixed bag this season, finishing down the field at Newmarkat and at Epsom (05/06) with a good run at Haydock in between. His run on the Downs was better than his finishing position suggests as seven furlongs on that track proved too sharp and he was coming back at the line. He settled better than earlier in the year too and could get a mile now and certainly looks capable of winning again. Poorly drawn at Chester latest and worth another chance. Trained by C G Cox, Sired by Fast Company (IRE)

    Chestnut Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 5th, 2012)
  • Time Test

    Won the same Newbury 3-y-o handicap as extinguished stablemate Al Kazeem and had reportedly been surprising his trainer with his work with the Group One veteran. Lived up to the hype with a breathtaking performance in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot and now is not the time to be deserting him. Juddmonte International at York his big target but likely to have an outing before then and should be hard to beat wherever he goes. Trained by R Charlton, Sired by Dubawi (IRE)

    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled March 11th, 2012)
  • Turaathy (IRE)

    A half-sister to Music Theory, who was smart at two, and there are plenty of other winners in the family. Could only manage sixth on debut (9/07) but looked badly in need of the outing, running too freely before failing to pick up immediately when asked for an effort. However, she reacted eye-catchingly when the penny finally dropped deep inside the final furlong and there looks to be plenty of latent talent ready to be unlocked in the coming weeks. Trained by C Hills, Sired by Lilbourne Lad (IRE)

    Bay Filly, 2yo, (Foaled March 5th, 2013)
  • William Of Orange

    Not for the first time this season, William Of Orange's lack of tactical speed cost him dearly at York (11/07), but he'll have his day in the sunshine when his remorseless gallop can be brought into play to a greater extent. Held up quite a long way off the pace in a contest that was run with no great urgency, he was ultimately asked too great a question but steadily picked off his rivals to finish a close second and the extended two-mile trip evidently proved no problem at all. It will be interesting to see what route Sir Mark Prescott wants to take from here en-route to the Cesarewitch. Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, Sired by Duke Of Marmalade (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 4th, 2011)
  • Withernsea (IRE)

    Caught the eye at Doncaster and really should have won next time out at Newcastle (11/04). 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. Never threatened at York last time but is worth another chance. Trained by R A Fahey, Sired by Dark Angel (IRE)

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 10th, 2011)
  • Yankee Mail (FR)

    Performed with credit on just her second start and handicap debut (3/06) when doing all of her best work in the closing stages. Entitled to benefit from the experience and possibly a step up in trip, she looks more than capable of striking from her initial handicap mark with her subsequent run at Newbury just too bad to be true. Trained by K R Burke, Sired by American Post

    Brown Filly, 3yo, (Foaled March 17th, 2012)
  • Zanetto

    He ran a belter in third at Newmarket on his seasonal reappearance and produced another solid run in second at Goodwood but may have returned too soon when flopping at HQ subsequently. His handicap mark has dropped right down from 109 and a pre-season wind operation seems to have done the trick. He could win a big one with the Stewards' Cup an obvious target. Trained by A M Balding, Sired by Medicean

    Bay Gelding, 5yo, (Foaled February 9th, 2010)
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