Andrew Ayres empties the contents of his notebook to help our hunt for winners
Andrew Ayres with his latest line-up of eye-catchers
SANDOWN JULY 21 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f two-year-old fillies Listed (Class 1) Smart form
CALARE (Charlie Appleby) is a granddaughter of that outstanding mare Diminuendo. Like her, she’s a smallish, rugged looking individual who should thrive on racing. Calare learnt nothing when trotting-up in a five-runner event on debut and that probably proved her undoing here as she was green in the early stages and couldn’t reel-in the battle-hardened On Her Toes. Calare was narrowly denied in a similar race in France on July 30 and will surely pick-up a Group race this term.
6f two-year-old maiden (Class 2) Cracking race
EQTIRAAN (Richard Hannon) cost 200,000gns and really does look the part, being a lengthy, handsome individual with an extravagant action.Lit-up by an early bump, he ran green and changed his legs throughout but still managed to score confortably. He’s got the scope to stay a mile and will surely develop into a Group class performer.
RIVET (William Haggas) is a lengthy, deep-girthed colt who looked a shade burly for this debut (although he’s the type that will always carry condition). Held up in rear by Ryan Moore,he came home strongly in second and is clearly above average. Follow him closely.
CALIBRATION (Martyn Meade) is bred to stay farther – he’s a half-brother to three useful middle-distance winners - and was another who looked in need of the outing. He showed plenty of natural ability in third though and will develop into an above average performer.
GOODWOOD JULY 26 (GOOD-FIRM) 1m6f handicap (Class 2) Ultra-competitive event
QEWY (Charlie Appleby) looked in tremendous shape following a fine second over 2m4f at Royal Ascot and might have won this but for being hemmed-in when attempting to quicken. His rounded action suggests softer ground would be ideal and Qewy looks tailor-made for the Cesarewitch this autumn.
6f two-year-old maiden (Class 2) Above average event
RICH AND FAMOUS (Mark Johnston) was the subject of a strong racecourse whisper but looked burly and proved easy to back as the race approached.He belied that by pinging out of the stalls and only being nabbed c-lose home. Rich And Famous confirmed his promise when bolting-up in an ordinary maiden at Newmarket on August 13 and looks ready for a tilt at Group races. His natural pace will make him dangerous in any company.
1m fillies handicap (Class 3) Fair form
HAGGLE (Luca Cumani) hasn’t grown appreciably since her juvenile days – she has always been slightly smaller than ideal - but has definitely filled-out and looks much more robust now. Never ideally placed to challenge, she did well to finish second and might have scored with a smoother run through the race.
A similar prize is there for the taking this autumn.
GOODWOOD JULY 27 (GOOD-FIRM) 6f two-year-old fillies maiden (Class 2) Only average form
THE LACEMAKER (Ed Dunlop) is a strong, attractive filly from a winner laden family. She showed definite signs of ability on her debut at Newmarket and did so again here, finishing in mid-division after racing in touch for most of the way.She has the scope to improve and should win when her sights are lowered.
GOODWOOD JULY 29 (GOOD-FIRM) 1m three-year-old Group 3 (Class 1) Smart race
FORGE (Sir Michael Stoute) is a proper playboy and was colty and noisy throughout the prelims. Sensibly taken down early, he ran a nailer to finish a close second behind his stablemate Thikriyaat and is clearly genuine despite the pre-race antics.Forge is just the sort his excellent trainer enjoys moulding and should develop into a high class four-year-old next term.
WINDSOR AUGUST 1 (GOOD) 6f two-year-old fillies maiden (Class 5) Ordinary contest
HATHFA (Richard Hughes) cost 260,000euros and hails from a pacey family. Heavily backed close to the off despite looking big and burly for this debut, she was a massive eye-catcher flying home into fourth. Hathfa disappointed slightly when unplaced at Newbury on August 13 (well supported again) but is surely better than that and remains one to keep an eye on.
WINDSOR AUGUST 9 (GOOD-FIRM) 6f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Muddling race
OURMULLION (John Best) is moderately bred – his dam was only rated 50 – but has plenty of scope and shaped with a degree of promise in fourth. Like many from his yard, Ourmullion was burly for this debut
and looks the sort who could excel in modest AW handicaps during the winter.
LINGFIELD AUGUST 9 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f three-year-old maiden (Class 5) Impressive winner
ZWAYYAN (William Haggas) is thriving physically, was supported as if defeat were out of the question and slaughtered a reasonable opponent in Thundering Blue. He travels like a good horse, is open to plenty of improvement and will surely develop into a smart handicapper.
KEMPTON AUGUST 10 (STANDARD) 7f two-year-old fillies maiden (Class 5) Race that lacked depth
SOLDIER’S GIRL (Richard Hannon) looked fitter than when second on her promising debut at Ascot and won this readily after making-all. She’s bred to stay further – half-sister to a Group class Italian miler – has a good attitude and can hold her own at a higher level.
7f two-year-old nursery (Class 6) Ordinary event
JUMPING JACK (Richard Hughes) looked in good shape and left the impression he would have won this under a slightly more aggressive ride from Shane Kelly. He’s a strong traveller with a useful turn-offoot and can surely win again at this level.
SALISBURY AUGUST 11 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Ordinary form
VIBES (Jamie Osborne) was just about the pick of the paddock and shaped well in fourth after a sluggish start. His yard’s horses often improve markedly for their initial outing and the scopeyVibes will be a different proposition next time.
NEWBURY AUGUST 12 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 4) Race that will produce winners
ULTIMATE AVENUE (Ed Walker) is an imposing individual and scored with plenty in hand after making most. This 340,000euro yearling oozes class and will be interesting when stepped up in class. Follow him closely.
SYNDICATE (Ralph Beckett) is an attractive filly who was asked a big question against colts on her debut here.She made a fair fist of the job,finishing a gutsy second after being sent in pursuit of the impressive winner from the furlong pole. This was a cracking effort and Syndicate will be hard to beat back against her own sex.
MUHAJJAL (Owen Burrows) is a sturdy colt who looked just in need of the outing here.Bearing that in mind he ran a nailer to finish third,leaving the strong impression there’s more to come. He’ll be hard to beat next time.
MEYRICK (William Haggas) looks the part and attracted plenty of support (sent off a well backed second favourite). He never really threatened after racing a shade freely, but should improve for the outing and is one to keep an eye on.
LINGFIELD AUGUST 13 (STANDARD) 2m three-year-old handicap (Class 5) Modest form
CAPTAIN PEACOCK (William Knight) has always looked better than a Class 5 performer and,judged by this cosy success, is finally getting his act together. He quickens well for a stayer,seems best on the AW and is the sort who could run up a sequence.
Forge (pink cap)
Rich And Famous, right