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Richard Hoiles: 4 new additions to my list of horses to watch

14 Nov | BY Richard Hoiles | MIN READ TIME |
Richard Hoiles: 4 new additions to my list of horses to watch

Three horses caught the racing broadcaster's eye at Kempton on Monday, as well as one more at Wincanton over the weekend who could run up a sequence.

You can follow all the horses in Richard’s stable with the Racing TV Tracker.

A couple of runners this week with Brioni also in action at Kempton on Wednesday. 

HARRY DID (second as 5-2f) was beaten by a Roger Varian newcomer at Newcastle but beat the rest comfortably enough. He knew more this time but the drop back to 6f was not really in his favour. He is retained as he will be competitive in a similar race next time, especially if stepped back up in trip, and may have just bumped into an above-average debutant in Lion’s House.

It also wasn’t quite the race I was anticipating for BELLS OF PETERBORO (fourth as 85-40jf) who was sent back over hurdles at Lingfield and ran poorly, never really travelling and soon dropping away up the home straight. He is well-treated on his best form but has not won for quite a while now and so is easily released.

Another one being let go this week is DODGER LONG whose yard of Milton Harris have been prevented from making entries until the New Year. He may well move to another yard and appear again soon but it is not a risk worth taking.

NEW ADDITIONS

There are quite a few additions this week starting with ENJOY YOUR LIFE who got overhauled late on at Wincanton on Saturday. He had experience of fences as a young horse in France and, back over the larger obstacles, really impressed with the way he jumped, which is a big asset for a horse rated less than 120. He got a bit weary up the straight but, with this run under his belt and the Venetia Williams yard really getting going, he looks the sort that can run up a sequence in the next few weeks.

A visit to Kempton on Monday yielded three more to follow. The first is KING’S THRESHOLD who made his chasing debut over what looked to be an inadequate trip. He jumped soundly enough but was always just on the back foot, keeping on steadily to finish second. A step up to three miles should see him go well next time for in-form Emma Lavelle.

The closing Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle sees two added for very different reasons. The big eyecatcher was SANITISER who finished fourth under a very tender ride. He may prove to be a horse with issues but he is thrown in over hurdles on his Flat form and he certainly looked as if he could have finished closer with a more positive ride. 

The second was BUCEPHALUS who still managed to finish third despite rather taking control of his rider in the early stages. If he can be settled better next time then he is another who looks well in on his Flat form. Neil Mulholland seemed to improve him in that sphere when he joined the yard and it is likely that he can do the same over hurdles. Bucephalus handles soft ground well but Sanitiser may not want it any worse than good to soft.

WEDNESDAY RUNNER

BRIONI ran well on debut for a stable whose two-year-old very much progress with experience. A big price that day, he can again make the frame on Wednesday (Kempton, 18:00).

However, the £700k yearling purchase Matsuri sets a pretty high bar based on his Salisbury second and there is another £500k debutant in the field in Sword. 

Released: Bells Of Peterboro, Dodger Long

Added: Bucephalus, Enjoy Your Life, King’s Threshold, Sanitiser

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