Selection of Unexposed Handicappers to follow in the coming weeks…
Myself and my good pal Ben Aitken of Narrowing The Field have been putting our heads together over the last couple of weeks.
We have come up with our very own stable of Unexposed Handicappers to follow in the next couple weeks.
Feel free to put them in your own trackers.
Of course, please check the conditions and ability of the opposition our runners come up against on their next couple of runs.
NATTY NIGHT (William Muir) – 3yo – OR 75 (as of 04-08-19)
This 3yo failed to get off the mark in three starts as a 2yo but his final start of the campaign (4th of 15 in a C4 Novice at Newbury) hinted at plenty of promise, in a race that has worked out well since (the runners in that contest have fired in eleven wins and multiple placed efforts in subsequent runs). There wasn’t much to shout about in his first two starts this season (5th of 7 at Southwell and 6th of 10 at Windsor) but he finally opened his account in a two-runner affair at Lingfield, winning comfortably by 4L over 1m3.5f. It was his next start, however, that really caught the eye, finishing a clear second behind the John Gosden trained hot-pot LOGICIAN (started as 1-5 fav), a horse that is now rated OR 101 and has the Great Voltigeur in his sights. NATTY NIGHT was kept on OR 75 off the back of that effort and with the third horse that day, JUST HERBERT, winning next time out there is every reason to believe William Muir’s horse is sitting on a very winnable mark at present. As a son of Nathaniel out of a Danehill mare it’s no real surprise to see him step on in terms of form since upped to trips beyond 1m2f and it’s unlikely to be long before he’s visiting the winner’s enclosure again.
CHALEUR (R Beckett) – 3yo – OR 98 (as of 07-08-19)
Ralph Beckett has trodden lightly with this 3yo so far this season, with the daughter of Dansili only visiting the racetrack twice in 2019. She will have needed the run on seasonal debut at Newmarket (5.75L 4th in a C2 handicap) but she showed that run had the desired fitness effect when firing in an excellent third in the C3 Fillies’ Handicap at Glorious Goodwood last time out. That run gave plenty enough indication that she’s started this season on a very workable handicap mark and also showed that her third in the G2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes last season behind future G1 performer Pretty Pollyanna was no fluke. Her run at Goodwood was her first start over 1m but she looked to stay the trip perfectly well and given she’s fully unexposed beyond 7f I’d expect those trips to be where we next see her back in the winners enclosure (for all she should still have enough boot for a well-run 7f contest).
APPARATE (R Varian) – 3yo – OR 89 (as of 04-08-19)
Roger Varian’s 3yo has finished placed on both handicaps starts to date, going close to victory on both occasions. He’s clearly a horse that holds plenty of stamina given how well he sees out his races and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him tackling distances beyond 1m4f before the end of the season. 1m6f+ may be where he eventually excels at but he’d still be worthy of interest over the 1m4f trip he’s raced over on both handicap starts to date and it would be no surprise to see him opening his handicap account before seasons end.
AUSTRALIS (R Varian) – 3yo – OR 75 (as of 04-08-19)
This 3yo was perhaps a shade unlucky to bump into the even more unexposed Land Of Oz on handicap debut at Yarmouth on the 10th of June (that horse has gone in again since) but he was well clear of the rest of the field and there was plenty in the run to suggest the best is still to come. He’s had a run at Salisbury since and although he didn’t quite fire that day (4th of 10) I’ve a feeling that was a decent contest for the grade and I’d be expecting the Australia youngster to continue his progression until the end of the season, especially when back on a left-handed track.
2nd of 8 beaten 1 1/4L – Newmarket 17th August
SKYMAN (R Charlton) – 3yo – OR 73 (as of 04-08-19)
Still a maiden after five starts but there’s been plenty promise since he went handicapping (last two starts) and it shouldn’t be long before this well-bred 3yo (by Mukhadram out of a Dalakhani mare) opens his account. A mile on decent ground (Good or Good to Firm) could prove optimal at present.
3rd of 10 beaten 3/4L – Newbury 16th August
GRENADIER GUARD (M Johnston) – 3yo – OR 83 (as of 04-08-19)
Met trouble in-running on handicap debut last time out but still ran a solid enough race in third, on what was his first try at 2m. Staying trips look likely to be his bag and a 1m6f+ handicap should be within his grasp in the coming weeks/months. He’s by Australia and his offspring have, from limited numbers, show a solid aptitude for staying trips, with figures of 7/25 | 28% S/R – W&P 12/25 | 48% S/R – 21% above expectation, when racing over 1m5f+ trips (as of 04-08-19).
Last of seven beaten 13 1/2L – Newmarket 10th August
FREEROLLING (C Fellows) – 4yo – OR 85 (as of 04-08-19)
The 4yo went close to winning on handicap debut at Doncaster last month, going down by only 0.5L in a tight finish. It has taken a while for the Exceed And Excel gelding to reach the race track, being gelded in the summer of 2018 and only making his debut as a 4yo at Chelmsford this May, a race he won by 1.75L and one that has worked out well enough to date (the three that finished in behind him have won since). He’s entered handicaps on what looks a very workable mark and it would be disappointing if Fellows can’t find another winning opening for him before too long.
HIGH COMMISSIONER (P Cole) – 3yo – OR 85 (as of 04-08-19)
Another one that has form with the now 101-rated Logician, with Paul Cole’s 3yo finishing a 2L second in a 1m2f maiden at Newbury back in May, a race that has been kicking up plenty of winners since. They ticked this one over in a couple more novice events before unleashing him into handicap company at Glorious Goodwood last week, where he ran a solid race in 5th, leading the field 2 furlongs out before being slightly hampered in the final furlong and weakening into fifth come the line. A slight drop in grade and possibly even in trip (1m2f may be just about optimum at present) should see this one open his account before seasons end.
3rd of 5 beaten 6L – Newbury 17th August
BOSTON GEORGE (K Dalgleish) – 3yo – OR 87 (as of 04-08-19)
This fantastically bred colt (by Raven’s Pass out of a Dubai Millennium mare) looks to have entered handicaps on a fair enough mark and he posted a career best effort last time out at Ayr back at 7f. His handicap debut came two starts ago over 1m in a Class 2 but he found that both too hot and too long a trip. 7f at C3-C4 level should be within range for him and he shouldn’t be long in opening his handicap account.
MUNHAMEK (I Furtado) – 3yo – OR 89 (as of 04-08-19)
This 3yo has been an eye-catcher on all four of his starts to date, particularly his last start in the Silver Bowl at Haydock (his handicap debut) where he finished a neck second behind the John Gosden trained Beatboxer. That race has worked out supremely well so far (7 individual winners landing 8 races between them) and gives plenty of indicators that his current mark of OR 89 looks well within range for him. It would be disappointing should he not grab a decent pot before the end of the season.
KODIAC PRIDE (William Haggas) – 3yo – OR 82 (11-07-19)
Off the mark at the third time of asking for connections when landing a Beverley Novices’ contest over 7½f on seasonal debut in May. The Kodiac gelding made all in the 9-runner race, ridden and quickening at the 2f marker, keeping on well to win by 1L on the good to soft ground. The form of the race has not worked out as we would have liked with only the second, the Mark Johnston-trained, Maydanny producing a creditable performance.
The three-year-old, finished third of five on handicap debut in a Goodwood 1m contest on good ground in June, leading to 2f out when ridden and headed before weakening in the final furlong. A combination of trip and possibly the undulations of the track may have put paid to his chances. The handicapper has dropped him 1lb for the Goodwood defeat and will next race off a mark of 82. Likely to be of interest back in trip on, with cut in the ground and on a Flat track or on Polytrack.
AIGIARNE (Clive Cox) – 3yo- OR 62 (11-07-19)
The Helmut filly finished third of 13 on her only juvenile start in a Chelmsford Novices contest over 7f in December. She was well held in a couple of starts in April before running well in defeat at Chepstow (her first run on turf) beaten in to third place in a 16-runner 7f handicap in June. The filly, sporting a first-time hood, was beaten 1L in the process, ¾L behind the Ed Walker-trained Immoral who went on to win at Yarmouth in July over 1m. The filly has only been raised 1lb for her handicap debut defeat and can be considered running between 7f and 1m in Class 5/6 contests.
SENDEED (Saeed Bin Suroor) – 3yo OR (19-07-19)
Colt by Shamardal is half-brother to five winners including Parlour Games (1m – 1m6f Flat). Dam winner between 7f – 1m4f (Including Irish and Yorkshire Oaks) Improved on debut run when shaping as if 7f was inadequate finishing third of 11 in a Haydock novice stakes contest on soft ground before winning without much fuss in a Hamilton 1m1f maiden at odds of 1/6. Weakened in to third in a four-runner contest at Windsor over 1m3½f on handicap debut. Strong hints the course may not have suited and appears to be more suited by Good to Firm at Hamilton or Haydock running 1m1f+.
2nd of 6 beaten Neck – Leicester 11th August
ALLEN A DALE (Richard Fahey) – 3yo OR 72 (19-07-19)
Colt by Kyllachy. Cost 62,000gns as a yearling. Brother to 1m2 winner Allergic Reaction, half-brother to winners Sands Chorus and Woodukhelyefit. Signs of ability in two 7f AW runs and one turf run over 5f last season. Beaten only 4L on seasonal and handicap debut at Beverley over 7½f in June finishing sixth of 13 on good to soft ground. Shaped like a step up in trip would suit, possibly noted over 1m – 1m2f.
SPRINGWOOD DRIVE (Tim Easterby) – 3yo OR 63 (06-08-19)
Filly by Mayson out of an Ocean Boulevard mare. Dam placed between 1m2f and 1m4f, half-sister to 1m3f Group 3 winner Allessandro Volta. Only made her debut in June finishing third of 11 in a 6f Ripon maiden on soft ground. Not disgraced in defeat at Catterick and Wolverhampton before finishing a 2L second of 10 on handicap debut in a Doncaster 6f contest on good to soft in early August. Her trainer no doubt thinks she is better than running on the AW but it should be noted Mayson’s progeny excel on Southwell’s Fibresand surface between 6f and 7f.
1st of 6 11/10f (2 1/4L) – Haydock 9th August
1st of 8 9/4f (1 1/4L) – Pontefract 18th August
ORANGE BLOSSOM (Richard Fahey) – 3yo OR 69 (06-08-19)
Filly by Showcasing. Cost £65,000 as a yearling. Has recently changed yards joining Richard Fahey. The filly was pitched in at the deep end in her early races running in the Listed Marygate Fillies Stakes on debut before the Group 2 Lowther Stakes both at York. Her next runs were in a Group 3 contest at Salisbury in September before finishing 11th of 21 in the Listed Two-Year-old Trophy at Redcar in October. Beaten no more than 7L on each of her first four starts. Won at the eighth time of asking and on her final start for trainer James Given landing a 5f novice stakes at Kempton in March. Fourth of 10 beaten 2L on handicap debut in a 6f Doncaster contest on good to soft ground in early August, failing to quicken inside the final furlong. In the right hands to eek out a handicap win soon the filly will next run off a career low mark of 69.
DEAL A DOLLAR (Sir Michael Stoute) – 3yo OR 84 (06-08-19)
Four-race maiden by Frankel out of a Cape Cross mare. Runner-up on all three novice starts running between 1m and 1m2f (Two on the AW), the colt never got in to the race at Goodwood in early August when racing in rear for most of the way in a class 3 event under jockey Ryan Moore. The three-year-old has shown enough to get interested in soon off his current mark of 83 and dropping back in trip running between 1m and 1m2f. Looks the type to be ‘put away’ for the season by his trainer but hopefully the master handler will find a winning opening before the end of term.
ELENA (Richard Hannon) 3yo – OR 65 (06-08-19)
Filly by Toronado out of a Red Intrigue mare. Possibly a mixture of the step up in trip and the heavy ground put paid to any chance the filly held on handicap debut at Leicester on her most recent start at the end of July off a mark of 68. Running well in three efforts earlier in the year including finishing third of seven beaten 1L in a Beverley auction stakes in June on soft ground the filly had earlier shown up well on good to soft ground at Lingfield. If the filly stays in a similar grade and takes a drop in trip, she may be of interest in future.
RECONDITE (Ralph Beckett) 3yo – OR 73 (08-08-19)
Gelding by Acclamation out of a Danehill Dancer mare. Cost €150,000 as a yearling. Half-brother to French Listed placed 7f two-year-old winner Aquamerica. Showing little signs of ability in three novice starts since April the Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old was still sent off the 3/1f on handicap debut at Nottingham (06-08-19) fading in the final furlong over 1m½f to eventually finish fourth of the eight runners beaten 8L, the gelding may have been undone by the soft ground. By Acclamation he doesn’t want it any worse than Good-To-Soft and can be expected to go better off a lower mark with conditions to suit.
DIVINE COVEY (Richard Hannon) 2yo – OR 67 (08-08-19)
Dark Angel filly out of a Paco Boy mare. The youngster ran well to finish as close as she did on handicap debut at Newbury over 7f (06-08-19) Hampered at the start and running in rear before making headway approaching the final furlong chasing the winner inside the last 100yrds only to be pipped for second to be beaten 2L. The ground she had to make up following her tardy start appears to have cost the filly in the closing stages. Good ground looks to be the key to her improved form since June and if continued progression is about on her next contest she should make a big impression soon.