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Richard Hoiles: 4 changes following 2 wins for my horse tracker

29 Feb | BY Richard Hoiles | MIN READ TIME |
Richard Hoiles: 4 changes following 2 wins for my horse tracker

The racing broadcaster releases four horses after a successful week for his tracker, and recaps his week at the races.

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

Quite a busy week with a total of five runners yielding two winners, a second, one unplaced and one faller.

Into The Park (1st, 6/5) got the ball rolling, becoming the first horse to register two victories for the tracker in 2024 when winning a Taunton handicap in workmanlike fashion. He has been raised 6lb and does hold a couple of Cheltenham entries, but has served us proud and is released as things will be tougher from here.

Prince Quali (1st, 3/1) was next up and confirmed his love of deep ground when getting of the mark in this country with a win at Chepstow. The race was set up ideally for him and although he has only been raised 4lb and his jumping on deep ground will always be an asset, it is a feeling of job done and move on, especially as he will likely be a short price next time around.

Wiseacre (Unplaced, 20/1) was again sent off a big price and this time there wasn’t any of the promise of the two previous Wolverhampton starts. Given he was upped to a mile – which was part of the potential angle – he is released.

Coco Brave (Fell, 11/1) was held in fourth when coming down at the last at Hereford, which means she will now need another run until she is qualified for handicaps. That, coupled with the fact the run was no better than her Exeter performance, means she is removed as well.

Sammy’s Guarantee (2nd, 13/2) ran well leading after two out and was only beaten by a well-backed odds-on favourite from a bang in form stable in Stuart Edmunds. Her new mark will only be known next Tuesday, so she is retained for one more run as there are plenty of weaker mares’ races than this one.

MY WEEK AT THE TRACKS

One of the more eclectic weeks, with the majority spent in Riyadh for the Saudi Cup. UK success has been thin on the ground since Mishrif’s victory in the big race so it was refreshing to call home both Annaf, under a brilliant Rossa Ryan ride, and Spirit Dancer, who continues to improve at the age of 7 for Richard Fahey and Oisin Orr. 

The Saudi Cup also produced a terrific finish, with Senor Buscador stealing the prize in the last few yards from Ushba Tesoro. Both had come from around 15 lengths behind the main body of the field and overall it was the strongest renewal of the race so far.

It is fair to say Plumpton on Monday was significantly colder. The memory of the day will be the frustration of Chad Bament, who had the feature race in safe keeping when coming down at the last. It would have been Chad’s first winner and almost as he hit the deck he was beating the floor with both fists. I hope his first visit to the winner’s enclosure is merely delayed.

The card itself lacked depth, having survived a morning inspection, and even though there were a few wide-margin winners this looked to be as much others underperforming as the victors stepping forward, so the handicapper may overreact to the margins of victory. Molto Bene winning for the sponsors was the possible exception on her handicap debut.

Nothing added this week, so hopefully the ranks can be boosted from a couple of northern tracks in the next few days.

SUMMARY

RELEASED: Into The Park, Prince Quali, Wiseacre, Coco Brave

RETAINED: Sammy’s Guarantee

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.