The racing broadcaster has recruited four new horses for his tracker this week and releasing one member of the stable.
Two runners form the stable this past week, with Aviewofthestars winning at Worcester (15-8f) and Albasheer (15-2) running 5th in the Coral Sprint Trophy.
AVIEWOFTHESTARS is retained as the original reason for including her was a belief she could be well ahead of her mark, and this comfortable but narrow success will still leave her looking well-treated, especially if she goes back up in trip. She could still run up a long early-season sequence against her own sex.
ALBASHEER is let go just because there are no obvious options left this season. He was ridden a little closer this time but as a result couldn’t produce the same finishing burst as in the Ayr Gold Cup, and rather unusually for him was retreating at the line.
There are a few to add this week, starting with INSANITY, who is put back in as he is now likely to go juvenile hurdling. I took him off after his Ffos Las win as the handicap mark was going to be based through a horse called Syllabus, who looked too high off 77. Insanity got 84 and it did prove beyond him at York on Saturday but that should now persuade connections to go juvenile hurdling. He was gelded prior to Ffos Las and has schooled over obstacles, and will hopefully run sooner rather than later.
From the same race, URBAN OUTLOOK is added. He finished second having travelled into the race strongly and is making up into a nice young stayer. It is entirely possible that he won’t be seen again until next season, so hopefully connections will retain and not sell him. Soft ground does seem to suit but it is more his profile since going up in trip that is the main angle.
HARRY DID is one of the more traditional eyecatchers in making late headway on his debut at Kempton last Monday. He looked raw in the paddock and going down but produced solid late progress in a race which favoured those close to the speed. Getting sucked into late headway horses can be risky, but this looked a bit different in terms of physical and mental development and he should go well next time before probably being roughed off for the winter.
Lastly HARRY’S HOTTIE is added from Ffos Las on Sunday. This was a more marginal call but we are going to need a few jumpers over the next few weeks and the usefulness of Chepstow’s excellent two-day meeting was rather torpedoed by the heavy rain and testing ground. It was Harry Hottie’s chasing debut and she compromised her chances by a bad error just after half way. Given the trip was already on the sharp side, this left her unable to get back into the race, but she seemed to have some running left at the finish. Now with Jamie Snowden, she is well below the mark she won off over hurdles for Harry Whittington and if a 3m mares’ handicap can be found on good to soft ground she is worth a punt.
Added: Insanity, Urban Outlook, Harry Did, Harry’s Hottie