Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Wednesday's 2YO Update (16 Races)

Sixteen two-year-olds in one day. Not my idea of fun. In fact, it fills me with horror. A long season and too much work. I tell you what, it's easier to read this page than write it! 

Thankfully, nine of these races are handicaps, which I will give a passing glance, before moving swiftly one. At times nursery races can make great bets. I will be paying more attention next season but it all depends on time. Too many race ''ALERT''. 

There aren't too many juveniles racing with significant entries. You would have got a list of names if there had been rather than my eloquent muse.

Oh, yes, I nearly forgot to say that most of the horses in yesterday's post flew like the wind. It shows the worth of this information because I didn't actually think about giving tips in any sense of the word - just writing notes and quick thoughts. 

1:30 Newmarket - 

Missed that Rainbow Heart had been given a listed entry. Wins very easily for William Haggas. 


2:35 Newmarket - 

Interesting to see Clive Cox has Eligible taking part over this 7f. This bay colt is a son of Dark Angle racing in the distinctive silks of A D Spence. He cost 130,000 guineas at the yearling sales (145,000 G, foal). There was little promise shown on debut. A slow start didn't help matters. Finished down the field in ninth. Eligible wasn't overly fancied in the betting that day so may be limited or perhaps more likely needed the experience. Hasn't raced for a month so there may have been an issue that day or taken time to strengthen up. Cox gave this colt a significant entry which suggests they have some hope. Certainly needs to take giant strides from that first start. 

Saeed bin Suroor has a few reasons to smile this two-year-old season. Light And Dark is one of ten or so horses to be noted by the handler. Beaten a few lengths on debut at Newmarket although that performance makes him look much worse. He put in a fine run and paid for it in the closing stages when tiring out of contention. Interesting to consider whether that was to do with distance or fitness. A drop back to 7f suggests the former. Not the greatest odds but looks the type to run well. 

Note: Light And Dark was a touch keen early but looked to have most on the ropes but tired rapidly in the last 100m to finish third. Eligible was backed from 70/1 on the exchanges but showed nothing once again. 

4:55 Newmarket - 

I have little doubt James Park Woods has ability. We noted this son of Australia on debut. He was relatively fancied at 5/1. It turned out to be a very hot contest which must have irritated Beckett. Sure Quantum Leap Racing IV held hopes of touching the clouds. The form of that race has been franked with the first winning at Group 1, while the second looks to be a Group Horse. Beckett's charge chased leaders before fading in the closing stages. He was entered to run over a mile at Kempton but withdrawn with a vet's certificate. Interesting to see how this mile goes. Should be wiser for that first race. 

William Haggas has been sending out a lot of two-year-olds this back end of the season. Most are running well. Faylaq wasn't fancied on his debut at Newmarket when behind a couple of hot shots who went clear of the field. This son of Dubawi cost 1,500,000 Guineas so you would expect him to show more on this second start. It could well be the case he needed the run on debut or disappointed. Looks to be well found in the market suggesting there will be a few sparks flying today. 

Note: James Park Woods ran well but just denied by a head. Faylaq was well backed and looked to hold every chance but tired rapidly in closing stages in 5th.