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Richard Hoiles: 3 new additions to my horse tracker

13 Feb | BY Richard Hoiles | MIN READ TIME |
Richard Hoiles: 3 new additions to my horse tracker

The horse racing broadcaster reflects on his week at Newbury, Exeter and Plumpton and adds three horses to his tracked stable.

You can follow all of Richard’s tracked horses with the Racing TV tracker.

Just the one runner this week in Wiseacre, who finished a respectable sixth at 22/1 at Wolverhampton on Saturday. He is retained as he hit the line well over 7f and still has yet to go back to a mile, where he scored an emphatic Lingfield victory that has worked out so well. He remains one to keep an eye on. We lost four other potential runners to abandoned meetings or withdrawals, so hopefully there will be quite a bit more action in the week ahead.

On reviewing a few more races from Wolverhampton I am going to remove Dazy Mazy, as even though she had a tough trip she should have made more ground than I originally thought, given the sectionals. Her issue with hanging left in the straight was also a red flag.

There is an addition from Kempton last Friday in ICONIC MUDDLE, whose mark was left unchanged after a narrow second to Highstakeplayer. That proved his stamina at 3m and, even at the age of 11, opens up new avenues. He would also be a player in the new 2m 4f Veterans series and looks competitive off 120.

AROUND THE TRACKS

Three cards attended this week, starting with Super Saturday at Newbury where the highlights were the returns to form of both Shiskin and Edwardstone. It was the latter that made the most favourable impression going forward, with a change of tactics – not a tyical Alan King run style – leading to an exuberant performance. Whether he will be able to repeat against El Fabiolo and Jonbon is obviously far more of a question, but it does mean the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chaseis more than just a match.

I may be being a little hard on Shishkin but his defeat of the non-staying Hitman still leaves me unconvinced that he will prove a factor in the Gold Cup. That attritional race will put far more pressure on his resolution than a one that was rather surprisingly set up to suit him. I remain at a loss as to why Protektorat keeps being ridden forward when it is obvious he doesn’t settle and just runs himself out, leaving himself to repel the challenges of first L’Homme Presse at Lingfield and this time Shishkin. His Gold Cup third and his Cheltenham placing off a big weight in mid-December were both achieved when he was dropped out in rear, and it was disappointing not to see those tactics employed at the weekend. Don’t be kidded that he was staying on again, as Shishkin was idling and Hitman weakening. Hitman ran a good Ryanair trial and has prospects of placing again this time around. 

The only stable tracker addition from Newbury is DODDIETHEGREAT, who finished fourth in the Betfair Hurdle and looked as though there could be more to come if upped in trip. Despite taking a swipe at the front pair – Iberico Lord up nine and L’Eau De Sud up six – the handicapper has left the mark for Doddiethegreat unchanged, means he has now twice placed off 131 and now 132, a mark good enough to get into the Martin Pipe at the Festival last season.

Sunday at Exeter was great fun – a well-attended student day that featured a 200-1 winner and a bumper winner in Teeshan, who was installed in the ante post markets as the shortest-priced UK runner for the Champion Bumper. The spectre of the Irish still loomed, though, with Willie Mullins also saddling a winner with his first runner at the track in Fun Fun Fun who beat Favour And Fortune in a tactical three-runner Listed race.

The 200-1 chance, Absolute Steel, was the joint-biggest winner I have called in the thirty plus years I have been commentating, matching Inspiratrice who won at Taunton in 2022. They are the joint-biggest SP returned winners since 1990 and, on a student day where many were choosing on names rather than form, hats off to the student who had £20 on Absolute Steel, collected four grand and ensured more money had to be transported to the middle of the course to pay them out.

Teeshan was the highlight in the closing bumper and drew Harry Cobden level with Sean Bowen at the top of the jump jockeys’ title, but it will require another major step forward if the horse is to ruffle the Irish feathers in a race the UK have not won since 2016.

Finally, an almost spring-like day at one of my favourite tracks in Plumpton on Monday. Having started the day rather embarrassingly needing the tractor driver to tow me out of an exceptionally boggy patch, the racing highlighted the return to form of the Chris Gordon yard. He had the first two winners and the emerging talents of Caolin Quinn who survived a series of sketchy leaps from Kotmask – including one at the last – to win the Novices Hanidcap.

I am going to add in PRINCE QUALI, who just lost out to one of the Chris Gordon winners Alto Alto by a narrow margin. Alto Alto seems to have been rejuvenated by the application of cheekpieces and is now 4/5 at the Sussex track, so to run him so close was a creditable effort. He is really suited by deep ground – his wins in France were all with cut – so there should be options at a low level in the weeks ahead, especially if he can jump to the same high standard he did here.

SUMMARY

Released: Dazy Mazy
Retained:  Wiseacre
Additions: Iconic Muddle, Doddiethegrreat and Prince Quali

You can see the stable in full as it stands here.

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Richard Hoiles

Richard Hoiles

Richard is a horse racing broadcaster and commentator who has been involved in the sport since 1992.

Richard Hoiles

Richard Hoiles

Richard is a horse racing broadcaster and commentator who has been involved in the sport since 1992.