Faustinovick

Peter Naughton's Notebook: Eyecatchers and horses to follow


Colin Tizzard has yet to hit peak form but Peter Naughton reckons Faustinovick remains of considerable interest.


Notebook horse Fils D'oudaries (25/1) ran a fine race when second to top-class, hot-favourite Envoi Allen in the Grade 3 novice chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

True, his task was simplified when second favourite Asterion Forlonge fell at the first but there were plenty of positives to take from the performance.

Matching the winner in the jumping department, albeit in a race run at a steady tempo, the improving six-year-old was almost upsides Envoi Allen between the last two fences.

Admittedly, the winner won with ease but connections of the runner-up will be confident of landing a major prize in the spring, whilst avoiding taking on the winner again.

Fils D'Oudaries holds an entry in the Grade One Flogas novice chase at Fairyhouse early next month.

Also in Ireland, Pont Aven deserves plenty of credit for his second in the 2m1f handicap chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Willie Mullins' eight-year-old raced keenly in the early stages but was still moving well turning for home. Racing widest, the son of Doyen had plenty of ground to make up on Daly Tiger and was closing the gap when not fluent at the last. Still, he pulled well clear of the third and will go up a few pounds but can keep progressing, especially when settling.

The Pretty Way is unexposed on all-weather surfaces and was touched off in the 6f handicap at Kempton on Wednesday.

Third in a classified race at Wolverhampton a week earlier, the daughter of Garswood is improving on her turf form and very lowly rated off just 46. Hollie Doyle was booked for the first time and the three-year-old tracked the leaders from a poor draw in stall 11.

Pushed along to make headway on the inside over two-out, she skipped a length ahead inside the final furlong but was caught near the line by market leader The Good Ting.

The Pretty Way should remain competitive in similarly lowly events on artificial surfaces and is entered over the same course and distance on Monday.

Pont Aven and The Pretty Way join the Notebook as likely imminent winners.

Faustinovick missed a winning opportunity at Huntingdon due to adverse weather last week but the notebook horse goes to Ludlow on Thursday.

Confidence would have been higher had Colin Tizzard been in better form but keep an eye on this improving seven-year-old with a view to the spring when the stable hopefully returns to form.

Faustinovick's Chepstow conqueror Supreme Escape holds three entries this week and appears likely to head to Wincanton for the handicap chase over 3m1f on Thursday.

Very well backed last time, Supreme Escape stayed on strongly in the closing stages and will be suited by this similar stamina test - he'll be staying on strongly up the long home straight.

A win here could make the gelding interesting in Saturday week's valuable Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

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