Notebook

  • 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 and then proved ill-suited by the track and pace at Epsom. She was made to work hard to open her account for the season at Wolverhampton but it would be no surprise were this well bred filly able to run up a sequence given her master trainer although it may need a step up in trip if that's to come to fruition.

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

  • Aneen

    Awtaad bounced right back to form at Leopardstown (10/09) and earlier on the card his half-sister, Aneen, made a debut of some promise in the fillies' maiden that opened the card. Also trained by Kevin Prendergast, Aneen was shuffled back in the early stages on the rail and was in a poor position towards the back on the turn for home. However, she scythed through the field on the rail in the closing stages, doing much the best of those that were held up in the contest and just failing to get up for third. Given her breeding she's not going to be missed next time, but she looks a shoo-in for a maiden before going on to bigger and better things. 

    Trained by K Prendergast, Sired by Lawman
    Bay filly, 2yo, (Foaled January 1, 2014)

  • Apasionado

    Showed ability in three runs in bumpers in Ireland before joining his new yard and made an impressive start when winning a reasonably well contested bumper at Market Rasen (24/09). He doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary but he should continue to progress and showed more than enough here to believe that he can make his mark in minor novice hurdles or handicap company a little further down the line.

    Trained by Stuart Edmunds, Sired by Mamool
    Chestnut gelding, 5yo

  • 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 disappointed in this year's renewal but had run well at the Curragh prior to that and 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 despite defeat at Sandown.

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

  • Justice Belle

    On her first run of the season over the longest trip that she's tackled, there was plenty of encouragement to be taken from her fifth placed finish at Haydock (03/09). She was never able to get into a challenging position in a race that was won from the front but she did prove her stamina which opens up more options in the weeks ahead and she looks more than capable of picking up a handicap from her current mark if she can build on this run. Won next time at 16/1.

    Trained by Ed Walker, Sired by Montjeu
    Bay filly, 4yo, (Foaled March 30, 2012)

  • 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)

  • Mount Moriah

    This polytrack winner was ultimately well held on his handicap debut at Doncaster (10/09) but he did shape a little bit better than the bare form suggests. He took a while to stoke up as the pace quickened but once into his stride, he found his passage blocked by the leader and he had nowhere to go. He eventually forced his way through against the rail but the principals had long since flown on the outside. It would be stretching a point to say that he was an unlucky loser but he'd certainly have finished closer and looks more than capable of winning a nursery from his opening mark.

    Trained by R M Beckett, Sired by Mount Nelson
    Bay gelding, 2yo, (Foaled March 17, 2014)

  • Night Of Sin

    This half-brother to the useful Fox Norton made his debut in a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen (24/09) that has been won by some useful performers in recent years and this season's renewal could well prove to be up to scratch. The yard's youngsters often benefit considerably from their initial experience so it bodes well that he produced such a solid effort, keeping on well for pressure having been prominent throughout and he should be able to make his mark in similar company before too long.

    Trained by Nick Williams, Sired by Sinndar
    Grey gelding, 3yo

  • 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)

  • Olivia Fallow

    Running well all season without reward but she's still in really good form judging by her effort in the Portland (10/09). The bare facts are she finished 11th and that gives hope that she'll be dropped a pound or two by the assessor on Tuesday, while she might be underestimated in the betting next time too with a '0' next to her name. It would be wrong to underestimate her, though, as she travelled well in the Portland and then had nowhere to go inside the final furlong where Jimmy Quinn had to sit and suffer before coasting her home in his own time. This was a tough assignment, but if she drops in class in the coming weeks she's well worth keeping an eye on. 

    Trained by P T Midgley  Sired by Vale Of York

    Bay filly, 4yo, (Foaled March 1, 2012)

  • 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. Duly made a winning handicap debut at Carlisle and can defy his revised mark if stepped up in trip.

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

  • 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. Fourth at 14/1 in the Cambridgeshire.

    Trained by R A Fahey  Sired by Clodovil

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