Peter Naughton's Notebook: Thirlmere a sprinter to follow

Peter Naughton with his horses to follow
Peter Naughton with his horses to follow

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Thirlmere looks very attractively treated off 72 on his handicap bow over 5f at Thirsk on Friday. Racing TV presenters were asked to highlight just one horse to follow for the 2019 campaign and I highlighted this very highly-regarded sprinter.

Trained by Julie Camacho, her husband and assistant Steve Brown told me at Pontefract last month: "Thirlmere is pleasing us immensely and although she might struggle to win a novice with her penalty, she's still very much one to keep on side."

Brown's view was confirmed when the classy daughter of Mayson finished a highly creditable third in a Doncaster novice on reappearance a few days later. She needed the aid of the Monty Roberts blanket to enter the stalls and raced too freely in the first half of the race but has thrived for that experience.

Regardless of her fate this week, keep with Thirlmere this season.

Having just returned from a short break, I had little opportunity to spot many Naughton Notebook horses last week but there are a couple for the list from this week.

Sunshine Fantasy ran a big race when fourth in the extended 1m novice median auction at Nottingham on Tuesday.

Adam McNamara's mount showed good pace and moved well through the race before being headed two furlongs out. There was plenty to like about the way she kept on when all chance had gone, despite being passed by odds-on winner Cloud Drift.

This was a much improved display on her last of eleven at Newcastle when hampered at the start on debut.

Sunshine Fantasy is a half-sister to ten winners, four of them who were very talented.

The dam, Eshamms, was placed in a Group race over 7f as a two-year-old. I like her attitude.

He's A Laddie did well to defy a penalty in the 5f novice median auction at Wolverhampton on Monday.

Archie Watson's once-raced son of Fast Company is a half-brother to a French Listed two-year-old winner and impressed over course and distance ten days earlier.

Breaking well from stall five, this capable colt made all and had only to be driven out by in-form Hollie Doyle for success over experienced market rival Audio.

True, He's A Laddie will be at the handicapper's mercy from now on but he looks the type to progress.

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