Racing TV presenter Peter Naughton has more horses to add to your My Stable tracker and news of a couple of runners for the feature this weekend.
Bigbadandbeautiful landed some great bets for the column when bolting up in the Listed bumper at Navan on Sunday. Gordon Elliott's classy mare appeared to have plenty to do turning for home but made very good headway over three-out and eased passed rivals approaching the furlong pole.
Driven to lead inside the final furlong, the daughter of Big Bad Bob galloped relentlessly and it takes a special horse to win three bumpers in this manner. She is bred to improver over further over jumps but winning jockey Jamie Codd revealed: " I've always loved her, she's all class and is good enough for a staying event at Royal Ascot." Bigbadandbeautiful is ideal for the Notebook, as she doesn't do much at home but saves her brilliance for the racecourse.
Coto Donana made a promising start to her career when a close fourth to once-raced well-fancied Dancin Inthestreet in the 6f novice at Lingfield on Saturday. Racing against colts and geldings, Ed Vaughan's daughter of Kingman is bred to progress.
Slowly into stride, she was held up behind and raced wide into the straight in a race favouring prominent racers. She made headway in the final furlong and will be sharper and wiser next time. Coto Donana is a half-sister to six winners and the dam (Nycrhini) is related to Group One winner Rebecca Sharp and to the dam of Golden Horn.
Lust For Glory travelled sweetly and looked well treated in the two mile handicap hurdle at Ascot on Friday. Nicky Henderson's quality six-year-old did well against her own gender last season, including at Listed level. Her mark of 132 looks fair and she can build on this first start in 224 days. Sam Waley-Cohen's mount was close up in the early stages but was pushed along three-out. She was ridden to make headway at the next and stayed on well to go second on the run-in. A daughter of Getaway, this mare is bred to improve, especially when up in trip; she races as though that is certainly the case.
Notebook horse Mr Scrumpy should be able to continue his progression at the weekend. This improving gelding holds entries over an extended 2m3f at Doncaster on Saturday and Carlisle on Sunday.
Jedd O'Keeffe's improving five-year-old successfully stepped up to this trip at Wetherby last time and traveled like a seriously well handicapped horse The son of Passing Glance was held up in touch and chased the leaders before three-out and found plenty when pressed by several rivals after two-out. Keeping on strongly, he recorded a four-length victory but started handicapping off just 116, so there is scope for improvement.
Look out for a big run from fellow Notebook horse Faustinovick in the novice hurdle at Newbury over an extended 2m4f on Friday. The selection ran a satisfactory race on reappearance when second to market rival Glenduff in a similar race at Carlisle last month.
I interviewed Colin Tizzard's son and assistant Joe on Racing TV afterwards and he revealed: "We were very pleased with his performance.He's still learning and still a big, raw horse, who can only improve. He shouldn't have been so short in the betting (odds-on) but will remain over hurdles this season and compete at the Festivals."