Peter Naughton Notebook: Eyecatchers and horses to follow from the TV presenter and tipster

Jim Goldie

Jim Goldie's Call Me Ginger is one to watch closely at Ayr this week, according to Peter Naughton - check out his latest Notebook entries.

Sound Of Iona landed some fabulous bets for the Notebook (12/1) in the 5f handicap at Doncaster on Wednesday.

Suited by the flat track and the fast pace, she remains in the Notebook, especially for races over 6f.

Remember, I reported here last month that when directly asking Jim Goldie: " Apart from Call Me Ginger, which is the one horse to follow from your stable in the second half of the season?"

He generously replied: "Sound Of Iona is progressing and well worth following off her mark."

She runs under a 5lb penalty in the 5f handicap at Ayr on Thursday and has a live chance along with stablemates Primos Comet and Be Proud.

I spoke again with the Glasgow based trainer on Wednesday and he told me: "Sound Of Iona is still progressing but I think Be Proud is the one of my three with the best chance in that race, regardless of what the betting suggests."

From the same stable, Call Me Ginger ran a perfect trial for Ayr when a fast-finishing second in the 6f handicap at Doncaster on Thursday. Typically held up in midfield, he made headway over two-out and passed all rivals except Bernardo O'Reilly, who gained first run on drying ground.

This was another upturn in form for the runner-up, who was noted putting in good late work after a troubled passage at Chester. He sustained a back injury when disappointing in the Stewards' Cup consolation and comes here very well treated off 82.

Goldie was at the start with him at Doncaster and he passed a stalls test prior to Chester. In addition, the fitting of the Monty Roberts rug might also have contributed to his breaking better from the stalls that day and drying ground on the west coast of Scotland enhances this speedy gelding's chance.

The trainer told me on Wednesday: "There's only readers of the Sporting Life website who know about his injury at Goodwood and everybody else has overlooked it and said he was way below par on the track.

"Last week he ran into a well handicapped winner, who got away from him, but the result would have been different had the pace been stronger.

"Call Me Ginger came back from there with half a tank of petrol and was full of himself-he's definitely ready to win and is my best chance of the week.

"He's borderline for getting into the Silver or Bronze Gold Cups and has an outstanding chance in the latter, but if he gets in the Silver, I'd also be fancying him in that."

Peter Naughton Notebook horses to follow

Look out for Ayr Poet in the 1m handicap at Ayr on Thursday. This is a lowly affair but the selection will be suited by giving weight to lesser rivals and carries plenty of stable confidence.

Vive La Difference had no luck in running in the 1m Legends race at Doncaster last week. The gelding was held up in rear and faced a wall of horses two-out.

He found a gap a furlong from home but the damage was done, despite his tanking in the final strides and galloping strongly past rivals long after the finish.

Down to a winning mark of 67 - he won off 9lb higher two years ago-Tim Easterby should soon find a winning opening for this capable six-year-old, who goes in pursuit of compensation in the 1m handicap at Ayr on Friday.

And here's another addition to the Naughton Notebook: Wobwobwob showed the benefit of a gelding operation when bolting up on nursery debut over 6f at Thirsk on Monday.

I was told this son of Prince Of Lir was above average prior to his disappointing debut at Haydock and he didn't improve at Beverley on his only subsequent start.

Gelded immediately afterwards, the well regarded juvenile exploited a mark of 62 to win easily by three lengths having travelled strongly throughout.

His professionalism when asked to win the race two-out was impressive and I interviewed winning jockey Cieren Fallon on Racing TV afterwards. He said: "This fellow is now showing what he shows at home and although there might be an option before the end of the season, there will be no rush with him because he'll make a smashing three-year-old."

The winners's trainer Adrian Keatley has impressed this observer since coming to Malton from Ireland.

Formerly associated with Dermot Weld and Winx's trainer Chris Waller, the Kildare-born trainer has ambitious plans for expansion, so keep an eye on his runners over the final weeks of the Flat season - Shalaa Asker won for the stable on Sunday too, so they are in top form.

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