Saturday, 20 October 2018

Saturday's 2YO Update (20th October)

Cheveley Park Stud | William Haggas
Not a bad day yesterday with most noted going well. It is worth noting that these are just detailed without even being selected as tips. The main horse on interest was Boston George who ran out a nice winner. I'm never too keen betting at short odds because you can never be sure. However, those who put the money down had few worries. A talented horse for everyday auction stakes. 

A quieter day. Just three two-year-old races for a Saturday. Unusual. In truth, it is good to have an easier weekend. Just one race with noted entrants.  

2:25 Catterick -

William Haggas has Ice Gala heading to Catterick Bridge. This bay filly is a daughter of Invincible Spirit out of a three-time winning mare, who achieved Listed success. Summerville Lodge has been in fine form all season. This March foal races in the familiar silks of Cheveley Park Stud, not surprisingly a homebred. She has run three times to date. I imagine connections are scratching their head why she hasn't won thus far. A beaten favourite on her last two starts. To be fair, she has been unlucky to bump into a few good horses. A half-length loser on debut at Newmarket. Then returned to headquarters, stepping up to 7f, and losing by a head to Sir Michael Stoute's Layaleena. Most recently, found another deep race when fourth behind Fashion's Star who looks a Group Horse [as we detailed before debut]. So, on balance, Ice Gala has a little more than antifreeze running through her veins. A short price here. Soft ground. Not my kind of bet but really should lead these a merry dance. 

Interesting to note Arletta Star. Tim Easterby gave this filly a Listed entry before her debut. This British-bred daughter of Bated Breath has shown glimmers of ability in her three starts to date. Intriguing why connections are racing here when she has an official rating of just 64. It would make sense to go the handicap route. However, there may be a reason for this curve-ball approach. The only real hope for this filly showing more today is stepping up to 7f, especially with the testing going. Five furlongs has been too fast. A better effort at six furlongs behind a couple of decent types. That race may have flattered her although it may have hidden an element of ability. All I can say is that if you see this filly is priced huge odds on the exchanges, she may be worth a small each-way bet. It is a longshot but not impossible especially if the going churns up. 

Note: Effortless victory for Ice Gala. Arletta Star ran a fair race to take third. She was quite well backed from 20/1. 

No 2yo racing on Sunday 

Friday, 19 October 2018

Friday's 2YO Update (19th Nov)

Horse racing news
1:45 Redcar - 

A lowly Claiming Stakes. I hardly dare mention Elieden, trained by Gay Kelleway. This two-year-old has been given a few significant entries over the season but now target the bottom of the barrel. This bay daughter of Camacho is proving very hard work. I wouldn't advise a bet but detailing this juvenile simply because she is the only significant entry in the field. She was half fancied at Wolverhampton. A slow start, hampered and running wide on the bend, gave no chance at all. Stepping up to 7f. At least this is a straight course so it may give less opportunity to find problems. Ten starts and no wins don't impress. It will be interesting to see what happens. 

Note: Elieden proved she is just about up to winning a race but, still, not today. Ran a fair race in second. She isn't the biggest of horses but seemed to be unbalanced for most not sure if that was jockey or horse.  

3:20 Redcar - 

Andrew Balding's Fox Leicester has run twice this season. Fancied on debut when disappointing but showing much more second start at 20-1. A couple of Class 2 Stakes entries give some element of confidence although far from one of the better juveniles at Kingsclere. This 310,000 euro purchase races in the ownership of King Power Racing Co Ltd. This step up to one mile should help. 

Hugo Palmer has Barend Boy. This gelding has raced eight times. Looked to have ability on debut when favourite but proved very unreliable this season. He did manage to win at nursery level when rated 79. At best, this son of Oasis Dream has some standard (proved by the highest official rating of 89). However, he didn't run very well at all last time out over one mile. That run must have been too bad to be true because Eeyore the donkey wouldn't have been that far afield. The visor has been applied. Another horse who has had a long season which always brings concern. 

Note: Fox Leicester ran a sound race but couldn't match John Gosden's debutante who put in a classy display.  Not a bad run in second place. Barend Boy led for a long way and wasn't disgraced in 5th place at 28/1. 

4:05 Haydock - 

William Haggas has had a fine two-year-old season. Plenty of winners. Coup De Gold has been noted by the stable but proven disappointing on two starts to date. A couple of placed efforts doesn't sound too bad but 10 lengths+ defeats don't sit so comfortable. This son of Maxios cost 155,000 euros at the yearling sales. Priced 3-1 on both runs. He is stepping up to one mile which may help. The betting suggests he is still fancied so punters haven't given up the ghost just yet. Many will be hoping that run was too bad to be true. It was soft going that day. I wondered if that was the reason! However, the going today is heavy. That in itself is enough to put me off. If strong in the betting, it would suggest better is expected. These disappointing horses are difficult. If they are short odds you are sucked into thinking they are decent but is that value? Conversely, if they are a huge price you have a price but figure little chance of success. Interesting. I'll be watching.

Note: Ran a fair race in second. Always looked uncomfortable hanging and looking an awkward ride. Not sure if it was the ground, but didn't seem very straightforward to me. 

6:15 Newcastle - 

These restricted auction races often make a good betting medium. Boston George is very interesting. Trained by Keith Dalgliesh, this bay colt is a son of Raven's Pass in the ownership of Weldspec Glasgow Ltd (who have some decent types with the stable). This March foal cost just $7,000 when purchased at the yearling sales. He ran well on debut when competing in the Convivial Maiden Stakes. In addition, he has received a couple more significant entries. He is held in some regard by connections. Looks to have respectable claims. Very unlikely to drift to each-way prices, but if it happened a very good bet.  

Note: Always going to be a hard horse to beat here. Not much of a price but a professional display to win well. 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday's 2YO Update

George Strawbridge Horse Racing
6:15 Chelmsford - 

Interesting that we see a trainer with a very small string. Pretty sure this is Eugene Stanford's only two-years-old in the stable. Itizzit has run six times. This chestnut filly didn't have the best debut unseating her rider. To be fair her form has been rather up and down. A couple of place efforts have shown a horse of some ability to the point attempting Listed class. Then went close to winning a nursery. Now has an official rating of 79. This 15,000 guineas yearling purchase gets in this race on a handy mark. 

Note: Itizzit ran a fair race but always susceptible to a touch of quality. Finished 4th.  

7:30 Wolverhampton - 

John Gosden must be pleased with the two-year-old season. Plenty of top-class juveniles and Guineas prospects. Interesting to see if Repaupo can lose here! I say that tongue-in-cheek as this US-bred son of Quality Road is a 1/5f. This homebred races in the familiar silks of George Strawbridge. We noted this bay colt on his debut at Ascot. He ran a sterling race that day, losing by a head. He has received a couple of significant entries. Unless something unusual happens, this horse should win without too much trouble.    

Note: Reason why I never bet odds-on. Repaupo beat easily by Tom Dascombe's Metatron. Punters got their fingers burned here.  

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wednesday's 2YO Update (17th October)

West End Charmer Horse Racing
1:30 Nottingham - 

Dubai Icon wasn't fancied in the betting on debut at Goodwood. Has received at Class 2 stakes race entry. Favourite to win. 

Note: Wins comfortably.

1:50 Bath - 

Mark Johnston has a vast string of two-year-olds and few have the size or scope of West End Charmer (pictured). This son of Nathaniel disappointed on debut but ran out an easy winner second time out at Windsor. He hasn't been seen for over two months. Stepping up in distance to 1m 2f. A win penalty makes life a little harder. However, this mighty colt shouldn't be too burdened. Priced 2/5f suggests the opposition have their work cut out today. 

Note: All the way success for West End Charmer who will very easily.

3:25 Bath - 

Richard Hughes has achieved more this year with his two-year-olds than previously. He always seemed very disappointing. However, this has been a productive season. Pink Iceberg has been kept busy with five starts to date. This daughter of Kodiac won well at Yarmouth. Has run well on most starts and not disgraced last time at Listed class when a 50/1 shot. Has to shoulder a win penalty which isn't easy. 

Summer Blossom had been a model of consistency. She was beaten favourite at Catterick. It may be the case the first two horses are fair. However, it could be that this Irish-bred daughter of Society Rock is treading water. After so many races, it is a distinct possibility she is regressing. This race will tell us more. 

Nice to see Brian Barr with a two-year-old. Haats Off started in the Brocklesby Stakes and has done connections proved in her six starts to date. It proves Barr is selective with placing his filly. This January foal hasn't managed to get her head in front but run a number of fine races for the grade. She ran well at Leicester last time out when racing over 6f. She likes testing conditions so it may be positive if the ground is softer than not. 

Note: Good to see Summer Blossom win today. It must be the case she bumped into a couple of decent horses last time at Catterick. Pink Iceberg showed pace but tired into third, while Haats Off plugged on for place money. 

6:45 Newcastle - 

Tom Dascombe has Drogon racing here. This son of Zoffany's form has been a touch up and down. He won well second time out at Haydock before being outclassed at Group 2. An official rating of 93 details a talented horse. Needs to defy the win penalty. 

Note: Drogon ran well under a penalty but wasn't good enough to beat debutante Jack Berry House who won at 80/1. The winner, trained by Michael Easterby, looks a decent prospect and would have been an unlucky loser after being short of room.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Tuesday's 2YO Update (16th October)

Leicester horse racing
3:35 Leicester - 

Sometimes talented horses look pretty poor on debut. That was certainly the case for Clive Cox's Red Armada who didn't show much ability on debut over course and distance. Group Horse Daily detailed this son of Invincible Spirit. He wasn't disgraced but didn't set the world alight when finishing fourth of seven at odds of 14/1. I didn't know what to think second start at Ascot. Considering this colt cost 120,000 euros at the yearling sales and had been given a significant entry I hadn't lost faith but wouldn't have bet beyond a speculative poke. This April foal ran very well finishing second to Prince Eiji who is a class juvenile. He lost by half a length but clear of the third. Interesting why he hasn't been seen for a few weeks. There was a lot to like about that performance. If touching each-way prices looks a good bet to hit the frame. 

Note: The favourite won well. Red Armada was stuck behind horses and lost place manoeuvring. Ran on with purpose but should have gone a lot closer. Only just got going at the line in third. Worth noting next start.   

4:05 Leicester - 

Richard Hannon has given Come On Leicester an unending list of significant entries. In fact, this bay daughter of Kodiac has received no less than eighteen. She has achieved one win from seven starts. As those entries state, she has been highly tried racing at pattern class four times. She was meant to make that five but withdrawn at Haydock when the going turned heavy. Come On Leicester has run well at Group class so this is a marked drop in class. Considering all five horses here have won before, the win penalty is negated. I would imagine Hannon has been disappointed that this 360,000 guineas breeze-up purchase hasn't won at the highest level. With a rating of 94, this looks a fine opportunity. 

As always, there are no easy races. This Class 3 race details a few live wires. 

Mick Channon has been in great form all season. Gospel is lightly raced. She won by a neck on debut before heading to Ireland at Listed class. A creditable run in seventh but beaten less than five lengths. Once again, one of the better fillies in the stable. 

Aquarius is a big price. Michael Appleby must have had high hopes for this Irish-bred daughter of Charm Spirit won on debut. She has been outclassed since. 

Note: Come On Leicester made the most of this drop in class and showed her class. A nice performance by a horse which drifted markedly in the betting.   

6:15 Kempton - 

Interesting to see one of few juveniles noted by Charlie Fellows. Thanks Be was priced 20/1 on debut at Newbury over 7f. It was a very stiff race won by Fashion's Star, trained by Roger Charlton, and detailed by Group Horse as a real superstar. This daughter of Makhadram looks a good breeze-up purchase at 65,000 guineas. Beaten less than five lengths that day. A prime draw and dropping back a furlong. Fellows is a decent trainer with a small string of two-year-olds. He usually makes the most of his chances and this filly should go well.  

Note: Tried to make the most from a low draw by leading. Looked to hold every chance coming into the final furlong but went backwards fast as the favourite sauntered by. Probably ran it's race in 5th but a disappointing effort in ways. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Monday's 2YO Update (15th October)

A lot of races for a Monday. 

2:40 Windsor - [Abandoned]

Richard Hannon's K Club won well on debut and run creditably on all five starts to date. Has to defy the win penalty. 

Interesting to see how Venture goes. This son of Showcasing was an expensive yearling at 230,000 euros. This April foal didn't achieve a great deal over course and distance. He finished sixth, beaten a similar number of lengths. Without question, improvement is needed. It's possible he simply disappointed that day. This is one of thirteen juveniles Cox has detailed as having ability. The majority have run well if not won. Red Armada is similarly entered. Readers may recall that he ran no race on debut but went very close second start at big odds. Being off course such a long time suggests there may have been a problem. Maybe worth an each-way bet if odds allow.

3:00 Yarmouth - 

John Ryan goes well at this course. His two-year-old string has been limited this season and few of note. Battle Of Waterloo is one of just a trio of juvenile noted by the trainer. To be fair, all have been disappointing. This Irish-bred gelding is a son of Big Bad Bob in the ownership of Gerry McGladdery who is a loyal patron. Battle Of Waterloo made his debut at Newmarket over one mile. Although 150/1, he did show promise, travelling well for a long way, before tiring in the closing stages. Not the easiest horse to assess but could have a chance at 66/1 [tissue price] opened 33/1 with a couple of bookmakers.  

Tell William is trained by Marcus Tregoning. He is a capable handler although limited in numbers with two-year-olds. This son of Invincible Spirit wasn't overly fancied in the betting on debut but not disgraced. Interesting that he is just one of two horses entered for a Class 2 race. The other horse will a similar tag, Strindberg, was well backed second start and finished fourth. Tell William has something to prove but could show more today.

Note: Battle Of Waterloo was exceptionally well backed but faded tamely after setting a frantic pace. Tell William done little. 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Sunday's 2YO Update (14th October)

2:35 Goodwood - 

William Knight doesn't have too many juveniles in his string but a very capable trainer. Busker has proven to be a progressive horse, who looked to hold every chance second start when beaten by a talent. Then, seemingly, something of a surprise winner at Newbury when tasting victory at odds of 25/1. Has to defy a win penalty but a horse with plenty of pace who is likely to lead. 

The only other entrant is Cookupastorm who won second start. Has to shoulder a win penalty. Cheek pieces have been applied for the first time. 

Note: Busker ran well under a penalty but outclassed by Mick Channon's Chairmanoftheboard who was very well backed. Cookupastorm didn't handle conditions.  

3:45 Goodwood - 

Mister Chiang isn't one of the better two-year-olds in Mark Johnston's stable but finished second last time out.    

Note: Mister Chiang did all the donkey work and was beaten at the line. A creditable second and may have done a little too much in front. 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Saturday's 2YO Update (13th October)

Horse Racing
A tiring week. Need a rest. But let's see what we have going for Saturday. 

More top-class racing:

1:50 Newmarket (L)
2:25 Newmarket (G)
2:40 York (L)
3:00 Newmarket (G)
3:50 York (N) 
4:15 Newmarket (N) 
4:25 York 
5:45 Chelmsford 
6:15 Chelmsford   

4:25 York - 

A few entered juveniles going here. Tom Dascombe has Jonah Jones, who is definitely one of the better two-year-olds in the stable. Wasn't disgraced at Listed class last time when fourth. Dropping back in trip. Needs to defy the win penalty. 

Charlie Hills has one of his big guns running in the shape of Qutob. A very well entered horse who has gone close when runner-up on two starts. A talented son of Acclamation who deserves respect. No shame in being second best to Converter last time out. 

Marco Botti hasn't had much to crow about with his two-year-olds this season. This is detailed by the fact he has just two entrants. *Fares Kodiac won by a nose on debut at 16/1. Far from disgraced when unplaced at Class 2. Another horse who needs to defy a win penalty. 


Note: Jonah Jone wins defying a penalty. Qutob ran ok in third. 

5:45 Chelmsford -

Simon Crisford fields the twice-raced El Gumryah who will start favourite. 

Note: Struggled for pace and ran on after it was all over. 

6:15 Chelmsford - 

Interesting to see one of David Simcock's better juveniles racing here. He has only entered six two-year-olds this season so Furious is worthy of respect. This bay daughter of Oasis Dream was relatively fancied on debut and not beaten too far into fifth. Dropping in back to 6f. Very good claims. 

Note: Impressive victory from Furious. 

Friday, 12 October 2018

Friday's 2YO Update (12th October)

Group Horse Daily
Plenty of class 2yo races to consider today. 

Here is list to recap:

1:50 Newmarket (G)
2:05 York (N) 
2:25 Newmarket (G)
3:15 York  
3:35 Newmarket (G)
4:45 Newmarket 
5:00 York 

5:20 Newmarket 
6:15 Wolverhampton (S) 
7:45 Wolverhampton 

Key: (G) Group race, (N) Nursery & (S) Selling race

We don't consider Group races as betting races (rarely) but simply enjoy them as a conclusion to the two-year-old journey for many quality horses (that we detail throughout the year). 

3:15 York - 

A Class 3 race so a good number of these are likely to have been given significant entries at some point. I am writing and reviewing at the same time - so we will see!

Exalted Angel was noted by Group Horse Daily before making her debut for Karl Burke. Starting her career over 5f at Nottingham, saw a pleasing first start. This Irish-bred daughter of Dark Angel ran well, closing nicely in the final furlong. Inexperience may well have cost her victory that day. This February foal should be wiser today. From a statistical point has very good each-way claims. 

Decent price money going here so there is likely to be some opposition. 

Richard Hannon's Spell is quite well regarded. She ran well on debut when narrowly foiled. Beaten at Listed class over course and distance. This Irish-bred daughter of Slade Power was outpaced but run on well that day. She had a prime draw at Kempton when stepping up to 6f. Travelled well and clung to the rail but was caught at the furlong pole. It was a slightly disappointing effort in ways. Considering Spell had been off course since early May it is possible she was in need of the run. 

Broken Spear has been very busy this season. A true speedster, this gelding has run nine times and achieved one win when scooting clear by seven lengths. He has been a credit to Tony Coyle and been placed on numerous occasions. Most recently, far from disgraced at Listed class. Coming back to stakes class means having the win penalty as a burden which doesn't help matters. Likely to lead and hope to steal a few easy lengths, trying to hold on to grim death. 

Tim Easterby does well at this course. Arletta Star was entered for a Listed race earlier in the year but didn't take that race. She wasn't fancied on debut but ran with some promise in fifth. Then beaten pretty easily into third by a couple of decent sorts over 6f at Haydock. Interesting to see this horse drop back in trip. Needs to find a lot of improvement but I do get the impression connections think she has some ability. 

Conclusion: An interesting race. Exalted Angel has a decent chance and if an each-way price worthy of respect. Spell is difficult to assess. She may be better than seen as connections must think a bit of her. Broken Spear will do well to defy the win penalty. Probably set the pace and tire in the closing furlong. While Arletta Star needs to find a lot of improvement. A couple of other form horses [Angel Alexander & Skeetah] make it a race of some depth. 

Note: Broken Spear showed his pace and literally had the opposition on the ropes. A great performance under a penalty. Spell ran on well but needs a stiffer course. Exalted Angel proved disappointing. 

 4:45 Newmarket - 

Charlie Hills has noted Rhossili Down. She ran well behind the ultra-talented Fashion's Star (who we noted in advance of debut). 

Note: Rhossili Down didn't do much. Interesting to see if she bounces back next start as this looks too bad to be true. 

5:00 York - 

Ralph Beckett has been in good form with his juveniles. Sam Cooke ran well on debut when beaten by a fair talent in Artois. Punters were left reeling when he was beaten by Ticklish at 2/5f. The pair beat the third by over ten lengths so it may have been the case Mark Johnston's winner is fair. That race was at auction class, as is this, so it should give plenty of opportunities to hit the frame. 

Couldn't help but smile when I noticed Cadeau D'Amour running. Richard Fahey's son of Camacho was entered for the Brocklesby Stakes. See, how many people could tell you that piece of information? He cost £35,000 at the yearling sales. Now in the ownership of Middleham Park. 

Note: Sam Cooke had shown a level of ability and enjoyed a tidy success. 

5:20 Newmarket - 

William Haggas has Night Secret. This Irish-bred daughter of Dark Angel looked in need of the experience on debut. Been entered for a Class 2 stakes race which gives some confidence although far from the best in the stable. 

Another filly with a similar entry is Richard Hannon's Star Of War. A big price on debut at Leicester behind stablemate Canton Queen. Ran a great race when stepping up to one mile at this course three weeks ago. The first two beat the rest well. She lost on the nod after a sustained battle with Peter Chapple-Hyam's Sh Boom. Interesting to see how this drop back in distance goes. 

Note: Night Secret was very weak in the betting which suggested she wasn't good enough. Star Of War ran a respectable race.  

6:15 Wolverhampton - 

We don't, generally, take much notice of Selling races. Often it is to do with time so you should keep checking yourself. A couple of noted entrants. Bill Turner's Arthur's Spirit. Interesting to see Gay Kellway has Elieden still trying to get that first win after nine starts. Will it be tenth time lucky? 

Note: Elieden was slow away, bumped and then ran wide. No chance. Maybe capable of winning at this grade if/when something goes right. Arthur's Secret was very weak in the betting and out of form.  

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thursday's 2YO Update (11th October)

Saeed bin Suroor At The Races
Very interest day yesterday with all noted juveniles either winning or showing ability. When you consider it comes from a basic list - what a foundation to build your knowledge.

Let's take a look at today's info.

5:45 Chelmsford - 

Karl Burke is a great horse trainer. I've said it many times but if you can't make money from betting his juveniles you're doing something wrong. Collect Call has been noted by the stable. Has run well on all three starts including a taste of pattern class back in July. Not been seen for almost 100 days. 

Note: Ran well, leading for a long way and touched 1.12 in-running, finishing second. However, no match for the eventual winner who come from off the pace. A nice-looking filly, Aldana.

6:15 Chelmsford - 

Saeed bin Suroor's talents are shining brightly this two-year-old season. Good for him. A very loyal, humble man who shouldn't be in the shade of any other handler. The wining of Royal Marine taking Group 1 victory at Longchamp, France must have been a day he had waited for too long. 

Back to the grassroots level. Mawahib has been fancied to go well on both starts to date but not lived up her billing. She wasn't helped by being bumped and stumbled, which saw this daughter of New Approach run from off the pace when the first two finishers set a brisk pace and held a distinct advantage. Interesting that bin Suroor is stepping this chestnut filly up in trip. Maybe better than seen and worthy of respect. 

Note: Drifted to big prices on the exchanges (16+) and ran a respectable race to finish second, returning at odds of 8/1.

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